LitPicks Book Reviews—September 2008

Theme—Beyond the Pale
Some subjects seem too horrific to think, let alone write about. But our authors this month tackle the unthinkable—and in doing so get us to sympathasize with characters we would otherwise villify. These works reveal life in its irreducible complexity.
Labels: A Lighter Touch


Skinny Dip
Carl Hiaasen, 2004
355 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
September 2008

Joke: guy dumps his wife overboard. She hits the water and wonders, "We've been married only two years...what did I do to deserve this?" Struggling for life, she runs down a list of possible offenses, including overcooked chicken, dozing during hockey games and—this is good—joining a weekly book club!

Shouldn't be, but this is funny stuff, and that's Carl Hiaasen for you.


Nineteen Minutes
Jodi Picoult
464 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
September 2008

I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed with Picoult's book, but it contained enough that's very good to recommend it as a LitPick.

Part of what's disappointing is the gimmicky cliff-hangers. Picoult is too good a writer to fall back on chintzy tricks—though I admit she kept me turning pages till 3 a.m.
Labels: Great Works


Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
317 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
September 2008

Lolitahas achieved iconic status as a literary masterpiece, albeit a disturbing one, highly disturbing because of its subject matter—pedophilia.

What's worse is that you find yourself taking the side of—rooting for, and identifying with—a pedophile. And you even find yourself laughing because the pedophile is a wickedly funny, sophisticated narrator.


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