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Bonos Abandonmentby Bob Dylan The Philosophy of Modern Songby Claire Keegan Fosterand Graeme Macrae Burnet Case study all are among the highest rated books of the week.

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Fiction

Foster_Claire Keegan

1. Foster by Claire Kegan
(Grove)

9 Rave • 3 Positive

“The beautiful news from Keegan, Foster, is no less likely to move you than any 400-page tome you read this year… Keegan’s short story is a masterclass in children’s storytelling. The voice resists the lack of precocity, and walks in the perfect balance between naivety and acute emotional intelligence… Keegan diverts expectations in the portrait of the couple, which brings Fostera certain welcome levity… Like a big, long Ishiguro novel, Keegan makes us complicit in what its characters want, setting us up for utter heartbreak when they don’t get it.

–Alex Gilvarry (The New York Times book review)

Graeme MacRae Burnet_Case Study Cover

2. Case study by Graeme Macrae Burnett
(Bibliography)

9 Rave • 2 Positive • 1 Mixed
Read an excerpt from Case study here

“Interest in exploring complex psychological dramas through intricate narrative structures takes center stage…The defining essence of Burnet’s work to date is found in…literary play, a hallmark of metatextuality that is as much about exploiting the possibilities of novel form as it is about blurring the lines between appearance and reality, casting us in doubt about the story we are meant to follow – and more crucially on which – we’re meant to follow, Burnet encourages us to take a closer look at the inherent instability of fiction itself… Case study is above all a very funny book, an ironic return to the counter-culture of the 60s where Burnet’s inventions rub shoulders with real personalities. But while Braithwaite’s extravagant behavior and performative grossness may bring a smile, his theories of identity and individuality, appearance and reality are never as crazy as we make them out to be. If Burnet’s goal in writing Case study was to force us against the contradictions of our conflicting selves, he surely succeeded. It is a novel that is both entertaining and captivating. »

–Nina Allan (The Guardian)

Cover of Shehan Karunatilaka_The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

3. The seven moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
(WW Norton & Company)

4 Rave • 4 Positive • 1 Mixed

“Written in the second person, which gives the narrative a somewhat distanced effect, but this is offset by the sardonic humor… The obvious literary comparisons are with the magical realism of Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. But the novel also recalls the biting wit and surrealism of Nikolai Gogol. dead souls or that of Mikhail Bulgakov The Master and Margarita. The scenarios are often absurd – bickering corpses – but executed with a humor and pathos that enliven the reader. Beneath the literary florets hides a true and terrifying reality: the carnage of the civil wars in Sri Lanka. Karunatilaka has done artistic justice to a terrible period in his country’s history.

–Tomiwa Owolade (The Guardian)

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nonfiction

Bob Dylan_The Philosophy of the Modern Song Cover

1. The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan
(Simon & Schuster)

8 Rave • 7 Positives • 5 Mixed • 1 Pan

“It’s filled with song and hyperbole and views of love and lust even darker than Blood on the tracks …There are 66 songs discussed here… Only four are by women, which is ridiculous, but he never asked us… Nothing is proven, but it’s all lived experience – a truly strange person’s experience and brilliant, someone who has changed the world many times over…Part of the fun of the book, surpassing even the delectable Chronicles: Volume 1, is that you feel liberated to be Bob Dylan. He doesn’t tell you what you were wrong about him. The prose is so lively and fruitful that there was no need to underline it, because I would have simply underlined the whole book. Dylan’s luscious, dark imagination isn’t always for the faint of heart. If your idea of ​​art is the affirmation of acceptable values, Bob Dylan doesn’t need you… The writing here is by turns lively, hilarious and will wake you up to songs you thought you knew… The prose is overflowing everywhere you turn. It’s almost disturbing. Bob Dylan got his Nobel Prize and all the other accolades, and now he’s doing my job, and he’s so good at it.”

–David Yaffe (Airmail)

Bono_Surrender: 40 songs, one story cover

2. Surrender: 40 songs, one story by Bono
(Knopf)

4 Rave • 7 Positive • 1 Mixed

“Defined in large part by humility. This is an introspective story written by a man whose mind is never far from the sadness and grief of his childhood…Honest and direct… Abandonment is more of a one-pound van than a private plane. It shrinks more ego than it inflates. Bono does not hide his excessive ambitions, but there is always a fallible human being behind the big projects and then the superstar… By no means lyrical. There’s a flippant charm to the memoirs, a sense of being led through caverns of history by a guide with things to get off your chest… These are the rare rock star memoirs written by a rock star who you feel could have been a writer… U2 fanatics may already be familiar with much of the material from Abandonment. For the rest of us, there’s something to discover in every chapter. Bono has a knack for making even the inaccessible seem accessible… He is humble, even self-effacing. It might be fun to have a beer with him. He is very much from this Earth.

–Chris Vognar (The Los Angeles Times)

Simon Parkin_The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, Poet, Heiress and Spy in a British WWII Internment Camp

3. The Island of Extraordinary Captives: A Painter, Poet, Heiress and Spy in a British WWII Internment Camp by Simon Parkin
(Scriber)

5 Rave • 4 Positive

“A truly shocking story… electrifyingly told by journalist and historian Simon Parkin, whose breadth and depth of original research has produced an account of cinematic liveliness… Parkin deftly draws the reader into the rich environment by chance in which Fleischmann, along with a constellation of some of the most brilliant artistic, philosophical and scientific minds of the time, suddenly found themselves.

–Juliet Nicholson (The New York Times book review)

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