Colum McCann — Let The Great World Spin.
Steve Almond — Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life. The Toto lyrics chapter just about killed me.
Daniel Okrent — Last Call. This book is a riot, and it’s the most precise and engaging book on the subject. Now nudging its way up the bestseller list.
Dan Chaon — Await Your Reply. Identity-theft nightmare. Will make an insomniac out of you.
David Howard — Lost Rights: The Misadventures of a Stolen American Relic Real-life historical crime caper. Gripping and real. See blog entry below.
Rebecca Skloot: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
John Richardson: My Father The Spy. Your parents’ secret career.
Dave Cullen: Columbine. Everything you thought about Columbine turns out to be wrong.
On order: Beth Raymer, Lay The Favorite. The last time I saw Beth Raymer, it was four or five years ago, and she was giving an hilarious reading from an excerpt of the as-yet-unfinished manuscript. Now it’s out, and soon it’s going to be a movie directed by Stephen Frears. (movie should be out next year)