Below are some pre-pub picks for December romances. You can reserve your copy now, then check out my recommendation while you wait!
On December 2, Kinky Friedman will be appearing at Off Broadway in St. Louis. Mr. Friedman is a prolific writer, musician, and 2006 gubernatorial candidate in Texas. Over the past few years Friedman has gained notoriety for his outspoken political views and his cutting sense of humor, which he delivers through his books and web-based columns.
With the holidays approaching, it's all about memories. As you set around the dinner table, by the time you've finished dessert, you just may have some new ones.
The film "Paper Moon," although produced in the 1970s, was shot in black-and-white, thus transporting viewers back to the era in which it is set, the Great Depression, and rekindling the stark emotions of the time. Audiences may be surprised to find that while the story of an orphaned child, Addie, in the Depression era might not sound like a laugh-out-loud comedy, "Paper Moon" is a wonderfully witty road movie, whose charm still holds true some 30 years later. The story begins following the death of Addie's mother, a Midwest prostitute, who has been killed in a car accident. Moses, an acquaintance of Addie's mother - which one might read between the lines to mean more - agrees to take Addie to her Aunt's home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Here, the comedy begins. Addie and Moses team up devising scams and attempting to swindle all of whom they encounter. While Addie is ostensibly a sweet child dealing with the grief of losing a parent, Moses soon discovers that she is also a talented con artist, perhaps an even greater one than himself.
Colson Whitehead's novel "Zone One" might be called a zombie novel or post-apocalyptic fiction. But even those without interest in Armageddon scenarios or the undead will enjoy this thought-provoking book. In addition to presenting a gruesome picture of the aftermath of a worldwide catastrophe, it explores the survival techniques humans use to live with one another in good times and bad.