bell wrote:And so I will begin with a very brief excerpt from a humorous Nick Hornby article regarding none other than Moneyball (Okay, so consider this the cleansing process.):Anyway, I understood about one word in every four of Moneyball, and it's still the best and most engrossing sports book I've read for years. If you know anything about baseball, you will enjoy it four times as much as I did, which means that you might explode.
I love Nick Hornby! A friend of mine let me borrow High Fidelity when I was living in London (next to Islington, as it were). Absolutely hysterical. Where did Hornby write a review of Moneyball?
As for recommendations, try Katherine Dunn's Geek Love. Bizarre, funny book. Very bizarre. It's about all sorts of things, and well worth the read.
I'm also a big fan of W. Somerset Maugham. If you've ever had a hard time getting over someone, been smitten with a person you knew was wrong for you, or been in a bad relationship that you had just a hell of a time getting out of, check out Of Human Bondage. Maugham ranks right up there in terms of creating characters with real depth, and exploring the relationships between people. Not a lot of action, but a good read if you want to score literature points.
Finally, I just finished Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Good book. Flows really well. A story about two cousins growing up in the 30's & 40's who start a comic book. I was never a huge comic book fan, but found this interesting. A kind of historical novel about the comics industry, WWII, and the immigration to America.