Sweetness: Don’t believe the hype!

I bought Jeff Pearlman’s 'Sweetness' last October, not long after Sports Illustrated had published this excerpt of the book–which had created a little buzz for the book and tested the theory that the only bad press is no press. (But I’ll bet that if you asked Pearlman himself, he would probably say that while this may be true, it’s also true that for the most part the only good press is, well, good press.)

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We are all Lamberts

Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" was published and won the National Book Award in 2001, but it took almost 10 years for this blogger to hear about Franzen. Even then, when he first heard about him it was through a GQ interview in December of 2010, I thought Franzen was Johan Franzen, the Swedish hockey player of the Detroit Red Wings. This means at least two things: that I truly am not a fan of the Wings and that I was clueless as to who this author was.

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The English pigeon

I love it when it happens and usually, it’s never when I expect it. I just walk into the nearby Indigo bookstore, scan the new books and it happens; I see a book I love or that I think I would love and, budget permitting, buy it. This time, it was Stephen Kelman’s debut novel, “Pigeon English.”

At this point, I must confess: I bought that book strictly off the strength of its cover. But, I’m thankful I did. Indeed, it seems like whoever said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover was wrong. Take “Pigeon English” for example: strong cover page, stronger content.

But more on that in a little while.

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