March 4, 2011

New to the Reading List: 4 March 2011

(Every week I add new titles to CCLaP's ever-growing "to-read" list, mostly through the free library monitoring service Wowbrary.com; and now thanks to a reader's suggestion, I share that list of new additions each week here at the blog as well, including brief descriptions of why I added them to my list. For the entire reading list including its hundreds and hundreds of titles, visit either CCLaP's Goodreads.com profile or its Amazon wish list.)

Expo: International Expositions 1851-2010

Expo: International Expositions 1851-2010, by Anna Jackson

A glossy coffeetable book tracing the history of every world's fair held between 1851 (in London's Crystal Palace) and 2010 (in Shanghai), I added this to the list mainly because I'm a bit obsessed with world fairs, and figured that this would be at least fun to flip through.

After the Golden Age

After the Golden Age, by Carrie Vaughn

Another of those postmodern metafictional comedies about superheroes that I'm such a sucker for, in this case the story of a non-powered daughter of two crime-fighters who disowns herself from the whole industry upon reaching adulthood, and goes on to be the greatest public accountant the world has ever seen, but who is sucked back into all the drama through her testimony during the tax-evasion trial of a supervillain from her childhood. These kinds of books are always a crapshoot, so we'll see how this one lays when all is said and done.

Ashes of the Earth

Ashes of the Earth, by Eliot Pattison

Sounds like James Howard Kunstler's World Made by Hand, but with secret societies and radiation poisoning. Hmm. I'll read this if I accidentally come across it, but probably won't seek it out.

Defiant Joy

Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton, by Kevin Belmonte

A new biography of post-Victorian/pre-Modernist author G.K. Chesterton, perhaps the first person in history to define the stereotype of what would eventually be known as the "Monty Python Nerd." Do I need any other reason to add it to my to-read list? (If you're not familiar with Chesterton, by the way, try my overview of his spy satire novel The Man Who Was Thursday, part of the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics.)

Freedom

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

It's here! Finally! In my apartment! Seriously! And yes, soon I too will have an opinion on the book so hotly anticipated last year, it made ten thousand NPR reporters and Brooklyn cupcake-store owners simultaneously cream their pants upon its release, now known to history as "The Great Hipster Earthquake of 2010." For what it's worth, I loved his last novel, The Corrections, and can't imagine any reason why I won't love this one too, at least based on what I've heard.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:22 AM, March 4, 2011. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP news | Literature |