March 25, 2013

page-turner pick: little known facts.

My favorite professor from grad school, Christine Sneed, recently published a novel that I can't put down. Called Little Known Facts, the book dives into the world of Renn Ivins, an older Hollywood actor (think Harrison Ford) who's charming, handsome, and perfectly imperfect. Written from several characters' perspectives, it features the addictive quality of celebrity as a subject, plus the sharp, sophisticated writing found in literary fiction. It's a win-win of being both smart and entertaining.

One of the things I loved most about Christine's story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, is that she creates the most rich, absorbing characters. The same is true for her first novel, and I can't say enough about the prose — there's so much to learn from the graceful way she writes.

You can find out more from the New York Times review, but I highly recommend it!
I'm curious: What's on your Spring reading list? Any book suggestions?


Chicago girl moves on said... [Reply to comment]

I've heard nothing but good things about this. I regret never having the chance to take her. I ordered this and "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown last week. Can't wait.

Norah {Busan and Beyond} said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds great! I just finished "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, a memoir about one woman's tumultuous life. Highly recommended!

Sam | ashore said... [Reply to comment]

let's all agree that "Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry" is probably the best book title of all time.

Jorie said... [Reply to comment]

Looks wonderful, I'll have to add it to my list! I just finished "Bread & Wine" by Shauna Niequist and it was amazing!


Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@Sam | ashore Um, yes, I freaked OUT when she shared it with us... It was the title of one of her short stories that they ended up using for the collection's title — incredible, right? You'll LOVE her.

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds like an entertaining read! I just finished Chad Harbach's The Art of Fielding, which I highly recommend!

Elizabeth Mateer said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like a good read - I'll have to check it out once I'm done with my current novel

Niken said... [Reply to comment]

it sounds like a great book. i love crime fiction novel. you should read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series if you haven't. and i just finish The Innocent by David Baldacci. it's a page turner