arts 06.6.06

Summer Reading

Our selection of somewhat offbeat books (heavy on the Brits) for a good summer read — most of the selections are not new and some are out of print. Find them in your favorite country-barn-turned-bookstore, the Strand, or online at Alibris.

Among the wittiest mystery writers who ever lived, Edmund Crispin's Glimpses of the Moon will probably make you laugh out loud, and more than once. More

Vanity Fair (the magazine) is our favorite airplane reading material. White Mischief, by James Fox, might be considered a VF Ur-text: a non-fiction account of the murder of Lord Erroll in Kenya in 1941. As the subtitle has it, "A True Story of Artistocracy, Alcohol, and Adultery." More

The Caveman's Valentine, by George Dawes Green, is the tale of Romulus Ledbetter, once a promising jazz pianist until he was felled by mental illness. Living in Inwood Park, he discovers a murder, and uncovers the plot behind it. More

John Lanchester's A Debt to Pleasure is the archest possible, darkest possible comedy. Not to all tastes, which, if you know the book, is a terrible pun for which we apologize. More

Kate Atkinson's novel Case Histories centers detective Jackson Brodie among three old, perhaps dovetailing crimes, but it's her gallery of characters that stay with you. More

You could dip into any Patrick Gale novel and be amply rewarded — Facing the Tank, about an American professor who finds a the British village of Barrowcester is far more eccentric than it first seems — is as good a place as any to start. More

Time and Again, by Jack Finney, is a cult classic both of time travel and old New York. High up on our all-time favorites list. More
Heard early this morning on WINS, from their newscaster: "If the Apocalypse does come today, we'll have complete team coverage as well as traffic and weather on the 1s."

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