Move aside, Royal Tenenbaums— The Family Fang (Ecco, $13.99) has arrived! The Fang family (radical performance artists Caleb and Camille and their children, Annie and Buster) of Kevin Wilson’s novel are a wonderful addition to the canon of eccentric families. In chapters alternately relating past and present events, the novel offers vignettes of the Fangs’ performance pieces and their tendency to create pandemonium in public places. Then there’s the story of Annie and Buster, now grown, but living at home after personal and professional failures. When Caleb and Camille go missing, Annie and Buster must confront what it means to be a Fang—as well as an individual and an artist. The younger Fangs test the limits of familial bonds and come face to face with their parents’ ideal form of art: chaos. Written in sure, stylish prose that is both tender and hilarious, The Family Fang is, like the art of its characters, slightly bizarre and completely compelling.
Where are you most happy? If you can't come up with an answer right away, you aren't alone. Longtime NPR correspondent and lifelong curmudgeon, Eric Weiner attempts to answer that questions for himself in The Geography of Bliss. Weiner visits the happiest, and least happy places on earth, from Iceland to Bhutan, Moldova to the UAE. He asks researchers, artists, gurus and laymen: “Are you happy? Why?” As humorous as it is insightful, this is a book for the optimist and the pessimist, for both the road warrior and the armchair traveler. Read The Geography of Bliss and then ask yourself, where am I most happy? You might be surprised by your answer.
Buy this cookbook! Mollie Katzen, most famous for the Moosewood Restaurant and bringing healthful cooking to the fore in America, has written the perfect primer for kitchen newcomers and a great guide for any cook looking for easy weeknight recipes. Katzen writes with humor and wisdom, giving careful preparation tips and an entertaining "Get Creative" suggestion for each recipe. GET COOKING would make a fantastic gift for any cook, including the recent grad or the self-styled "cooking-phobic." The collection includes everything you need to satisfy any appetite: snappy appetizers, vegetarian entrees, wonderful pasta dishes and easy and delicious deserts. So don't equivocate, get cooking!
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Published: William Morrow Cookbooks - October 13th, 2009