Chris's Picks

Chris joined the Malaprop's team just in time for the 2017 winter holiday season and is on a mission to spread the joy of finger tentacles.












The Only Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521211
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 17th, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

I'd never heard of the Osage murders before I picked up this book. And I didn't particularly care about the history of the formation of the FBI. But I loved another of Grann's books, The Lost City of Z, so much, that I craved another. He takes a convoluted and revolting piece of history and presents it in an accessible way, which is something I need when it comes to anything related to events that took place almost 100 years ago.

On Cats Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062651433
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Published: Ecco - August 15th, 2017

I’ve read a lot of Bukowski in my time so I knew there was a vulnerable side to the gruff (some would say misogynistic) old drunk. I was surprised, however, that I’d never noticed his frequent musings on cats and his love for them.

Al Que Quiere! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811226660
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 31st, 2017

Fourth of July Creek: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062286468
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Published: Ecco - March 10th, 2015

If you’re like me and drawn to tales of those living on the fringe, then these two quick reads, Groff's about an idealistic commune in NY and Henderson's about a social worker’s pursuit of an anti-government recluse, will not disappoint.

Arcadia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434706
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Published: Hachette Books - July 13th, 2016

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Being Dead Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312275426
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - March 21st, 2001

I have an aversion to dying. I imagine most folks do. But Jim Crace’s vivid description of the decomposition of the bodies of Joseph and Celice, a couple murdered on a beach, was so beautifully written I forgot that death was the underscore.

The Meursault Investigation Cover Image
By Kamel Daoud, John Cullen (Translator)
ISBN: 9781590517512
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Published: Other Press (NY) - June 2nd, 2015

Speaking of dead people on a beach, The Meursault Investigation takes Camus' classic, The Stranger, and tells the story from the point of view of the Arab's brother. Kamel Daoud gives the Arab a name, Musa, thus giving him a humanity denied in Camus' telling.

The Lesbian Sex Haiku Book (with Cats!) Cover Image
By Anna Pulley, Kelsey Beyer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250072641
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 19th, 2016

Kelsey and I lived under the same roof at one time and what I learned about her from that time was 1) she likes being in the buff, and, 2) she is an amazing artist. Take her talent and pair it with Anna’s hilarious haiku and this little book is a winner.

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The Brothers Karamazov Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
ISBN: 9780374528379
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 14th, 2002

A co-worker said the other day that as he’s gotten older, he doesn’t have as much patience for epic length books. I thought it was just me. I didn’t read many of the classics when I was younger, and I'm not too troubled by that, but I do want to finish The Brothers Karamazov, which I started A YEAR AGO. Passages like this one keep me coming back:

"Besides the long fleshy bags under his little, always insolent, suspicious, and ironical eyes; besides the multitude of deep wrinkles in his little fat face, the Adam’s apple hung below his sharp chin like a great, fleshy goitre, which gave him a peculiar, repulsive, sensual appearance; add to that a long rapacious mouth with full lips, between which could be seen little stumps of black decayed teeth."

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804170567
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Published: Anchor Books - January 12th, 2016

Jon Krakauer received flak for this book, some saying it was one sided, others complaining that plenty of women have written on this subject but no one took notice until a man did. Meh. I'm glad he wrote it and I'm glad I read it.