Here is the fifth and final part of my book recommendations:
Ralph Steadman’s Jelly Book
The Secret History
David Foster Wallace
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
Financial Lives of the Poets
I really think that Jess Walter is the best of the writers who attempt to “get” America. Financial Lives manages to get at things with humor and seeming ease that more hyped books unable to reach, despite obvious labor. Therewere a few moments that seemed to perfectly capture things that I’ve thought or felt during the past decade.
I could easily have included The Zero in the list above, but I decided that I didn’t want to put more than two books from any author in the list. I haven’t read Beautiful Ruins yet, either, though I’m looking forward to it.