1) Carter Beats The Devil – Glen David Gold
The epic saga of a magician honing his craft in pre-depression era San Francisco.
2) Dream Brother: the Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley – David Browne
The tale of two of the most tragically parallel lives in the history of modern music, starting in the suburbs of Southern California and ending in the muddy Mississippi river.
3) Poker Nation – Andy Bellin
A light-hearted, report on the subculture of high stakes tournament poker.
4) Fast Food Nation – Eric Schlosser
The addictively muckracking saga of the rise and demise of the fast food business.
5) Almost: A Novel – Elizabeth Benedict
A recently separated women, now living in NYC, returns to the anonymous east coast island to attend the funeral of her ex-husband where her whole seems to converge upon her.
6) How To Be Good – Nick Hornby
Hornby’s take on the psyche of a modern woman dealing with the banality & lethargy of mid-life.
7) Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
The cleverly overachieving novel written by a 24 year-old genius about his fictional Eastern European ancestors.
8) John Henry Days – Colson Whitehead
The story of a reporter on a record breaking PR junket that ends with a weekend covering the celebration of the life and times of the mythic John Henry.