Archive for the ‘Satire’ Category

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

July 6, 2018

[Lesley] First, let’s just say that this is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. That’s a pretty good recommendation! At first, I was surprised that this book one though. By the end, I had no doubt that it deserved it.

Disarmingly charming. Arthur Less is a bit like a Shakespeare character who stumbled off the stage before the first rehearsal began. The book is an accumulation that ultimately coheres and seems like truth. It’s a hard book to describe: the plot isn’t especially exciting or fast-moving, the main character is underwhelming, and no matter where the action is taking place (France! Germany! Morocco! India!) the situations Less finds himself in are the most pedestrian. Yet, there is humor, nostalgia, outrage, reflection, and a journey that ends somewhere very, very different than expected. It is some kind of genius that can take all of these things that seem one way (underwhelming, sheltered, hapless) and reveal them to be illuminating and essential. I couldn’t see the world in quite the same way after reading this book.

The audiobook of Less can be found on Libby/Overdrive.

Here’s a more complete review (which I totally agree with!) from the Kenyon Review:

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

December 18, 2012


This is a such a fun book, both satirical and surprisingly sweet. As one of our library users put it, “This book is ridiculously good.” The author, who was a writer for tv shows like Arrested Development, strikes a nice balance between hilarious caricatures of wealthy, privileged and clueless Seattle elites, while at the same time giving the main characters much more depth than you think they will have.  It made me laugh and surprised me several times, which are both qualities I love in a book.

Available as ebook and audiobook on Libby/Overdrive

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Audiobook