Will February Bring Literary Goodness


The first month of the new year is over and despite my being a little older, a bit more decrepit, and my books still being stored in packing boxes waiting for the new room with the wonderful bookshelves, I was fortunate to read some rather good books.

Specifically I’d like to give a nod to these excellent titles:

  • Fat City by Leonard Gardener
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Naphtalene by Alia Mamdouh
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis.

The reading pool for this month is a combination of several new and hopefully comendable titles, a few older titles that I so far have failed to read, and in this case, two authors represented by three or four works to allow for possible deeper study.

There are definitely a few titles on this list that have me excited about the February reading. Do you see anything you might be excited about? Here is the list:

  1. How German Is It? — Walter Abish
  2. Mefisto — John Banville
  3. Under Fire — Henri Barbusse
  4. The Sense of an Ending — Julian Barnes
  5. Concrete — Thomas Bernhard
  6. I Hate Martin Amis et al. — Peter Barry
  7. The Way of Muri — Ilya Boyashov
  8. When the Killing’s Done — T. C. Boyle
  9. Jimmy Jazz — Roddy Doyle
  10. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius — Dave Eggers
  11. The Magic Kingdom — Stanley Elkin
  12. Promise At Dawn — Roman Gary
  13. Second Person Singular — Sayed Kashua
  14. The Golden Notebook — Doris Lessing
  15. Empire V: The Prince of Hamlet — Victor Pelevin
  16. Clouds of Witness — Dorothy L. Sayers
  17. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook — Gary Shteyngart
  18. The Illogic of Kassel — Enrique Vila-Matas
  19. A Memoir of Misfortune — Su Xiaokang

William Gibson

  • Pattern Recognition — William Gibson
  • Spook Country — William Gibson
  • Zero History — William Gibson

Philip Roth

  • The Counterlife — Philip Roth
  • When She Was Good — Philip Roth
  • Deception: A Novel — Philip Roth

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