Hit the Books: Chabon, Lethem & the Lit Parade

2012: What You Read


From left: Author Michael Chabon, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

Big Book by a Big Name
Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon
Nostalgic multiracial epic set in 2004 Oakland, where an old-school mom-and-pop record shop tires to withstand the challenge of a big-box store.

Big Book by a Next Big Thing
The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
Debut novel about a pair of naïve small-town Virginia boys who get exposed to the violent realities of the Iraq war.

Big Book about a Big Idea
Imagine, Jonah Lehrer
An explication of how creativity really works by a journalist wunderkind (since discredited by allegations of fabrication, recycling old material, and plagiarism) hyped as the next Malcolm Gladwell.


2013: What You'll Be Reading


From left: Author Jonathan Lethem, Wise Men by Stuart Nadler, Contagious by Jonah Berger

Big Book by a Big Name
Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem
Nostalgic multigenerational epic set in mid-20th-century Queens, New York, where a family struggles with the dashing of its utopian dreams.

Big Book by a Next Big Thing
Wise Men, Stuart Nadler
Debut novel about the son of a wealthy lawyer who gets exposed to the social realities of radically stratified 1950s Cape Cod.

Big Book about a Big Idea
Contagious, Jonah Berger
An exegesis on how ideas really go viral (hint: The Internet gets too much credit) by a marketing wunderkind also hyped as the next Malcolm Gladwell.