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  • Salinger, Pynchon & Co.: When writers are recluses

    They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment. They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
  • 'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon

    'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon
    "Inherent Vice" is Thomas Pynchon doing Raymond Chandler through a Jim Rockford looking glass, starring Cheech Marin (or maybe Tommy Chong). What could easily be mistaken as a paean to 1960s Southern California is also a sly herald of that era's end....
  • Hardcover: Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Aug. 23, 2009

    ++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || Weeks on list || || 1. || Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon (Penguin Press: $27.95) Noir meets '60s Southern California groovy in a private eye's psychedelic quest. || 2 || || 2. || The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg...
  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Aug. 30, 2009

    ++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || Weeks on list || || 1. || South of Broad by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese: $29.95) A gossip columnist's homage to a close knit group of friends from Charleston. || 1 || || 2. || The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg...
  • Dark Passages: Manly adventures with Gabriel Hunt

    Dark Passages: Manly adventures with Gabriel Hunt
    One need not list example after example of bad news dominating the headlines of late, but the desire for escapism has never seemed stronger. Economic woes and the success of genre fiction, time and time again, are directly correlated, which explains why...
  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Sept. 6, 2009

    ++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || Weeks on list || || 1. || The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone: $25.99) The wars of the Plantagenets, who ruled England before the Tudors, enmeshed with the mystery of the missing princes in the Tower of...
  • 'The Year of the Flood' by Margaret Atwood

    'The Year of the Flood' by Margaret Atwood
    The Year of the Flood A Novel Margaret Atwood Nan A. Talese/Doubleday: 434 pp., $26.95 Lady Oracle has been quiet the last six years. Yes, there have been half a dozen books, an opera even. But no novels, and it is in her novels that Margaret Atwood...
  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Oct. 4, 2009

    ++++++++++++++++++++ || Fiction || Weeks on list || || 1. || The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $25.99) Harvard professor Robert Langdon uses his symbology skills to find a missing Freemason in Washington, D.C. || 2 || || 2. || The Help by Kathryn...
  • "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan

    "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan
    "A Visit from the Goon Squad" By Jennifer Egan Alfred A. Knopf, 277 pages, $24.95 Consider the vinyl record. Round and round it goes. Or went. Like a lot of the vintage culture encoded in Jennifer Egan's punk-rock familial saga 'A Visit from the Goon...
  • Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery

    Astral Weeks: An unexpected, and welcome, DeLillo discovery
    In Don DeLillo's latest novel, the weirdly exciting "Point Omega," a character is "trying to read science fiction but nothing she'd read so far could begin to match ordinary life on this planet ... for sheer unimaginableness." With another writer, you...
  • 'Changing My Mind' by Zadie Smith

    'Changing My Mind' by Zadie Smith
    Changing My Mind Occasional Essays Zadie Smith The Penguin Press: 306 pp., $26.95 Reviewing Zadie Smith's 2001 debut, "White Teeth," the critic James Wood lumped the blazing hot young British writer with no less than Salman Rushdie, David Foster...