Paradise by A.L. Kennedy
This is one brutal book. You’ll either love it or hate it. Hannah is in her mid-30s and works in corrugated box sales. She’s a hardcore alcoholic in love with Robert, also an alcoholic. From Scotland to Montreal their story unfolds like a train wreck. The writing is what makes this a great read. Horrific and beautiful, this is a novel of dark extremes. ~ Marty, Magnolia Branch
Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby
When was the last time a book review made you laugh? I mean really laugh – like the involuntary laughter that busts out of you while reading on the bus? Then you should pick up the third and final book of Nick Hornby’s book reviews for The Believer magazine. In addition to witty reviews, Hornby shares his “Books Bought” and “Books Read” lists every month – which also makes me smile! There’s nothing like vicariously experiencing someone else’s reading life, especially when it makes you snort your coffee in the morning. ~ Misha, Central Library, Fiction Dept.
Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music by Greg Prato
As far as I can tell, nothing was left out of this fascinating, behind-the-scenes examination of grunge music. More than 130 people tell the story of how Seattle briefly became the epicenter of the music industry and the forces that caused the scene to fall apart. People like Mark Arm (Green River and Mudhoney), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) get a chance to tell the story from their perspective, so it feels authentic. Some of it is grim, thanks to heroin and tragic deaths, but there’s also plenty of humor. Who says history has to be dull?! ~ Hannah, Ballard Branch