Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Recommended Read (and Holiday Gift): "Thieves of Manhattan" by Adam Langer

If you're making a list and checking it twice, and having trouble finding the perfect gift for the writer/aspiring writer/editor/publisher/book aficionado in your life, I have the solution for you: pick up a copy of Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer.

Not only is it a hilarious and clever skewering of every aspect of modern publishing, particularly memoirs, it also has at least two major plot twists I didn't see coming.

I really appreciate the fact that Langer didn't stick to one genre but let a variety of them (mystery, romance, revenge drama, old-fashioned adventure) unspool into a glorious mess; a mess that's perfectly set up from the get-go.

Writers who've been in the trenches a few years will recognize themselves, feel less alone, and be able to cackle with glee at the dead-on references to querying, literary reading nights, and insomnia and writer's block -- and the release of same. Also, it's in paperback so you can pick up several copies. I know I plan to. Happy shopping!

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