Huckberry Book Club: March
Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
As the days get longer and the weather just starts to hint at spring, we're pairing our evening reads with some of our favorite tunes.
City of Thieves
Written by David Benioff ( aka the co-creator of Game of Thrones, and the man who wrote the screenplay for Troy), City of Thieves possesses a similarly cinematic quality as it follows two men captured during the Nazi’s brutal siege of Leningrad. To avoid being executed, they must accomplish a nearly impossible task in the blockaded city — procuring eggs for a Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake.
Based on stories that Benioff's grandfather told him as a child, Lev and Kolya's journey proves to be an intimate story of what it means to grow from boys into men, and provides a beautiful, albeit harsh glimpse into the realities of WWII-era Russia.
Plume, 2009. Pick up your copy here.
The Lost Continent
We all know and love A Walk in the Woods, but it's more than worth your time to pick up one of the many other tomes that Bill Bryson — always well-spoken, always knowledgeable, always slightly poking fun at himself — has written.
The Lost Continent chronicles Bryson's search for the most quintessential of American small towns. Taking off from his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, he recreates the long roadtrips of his childhood, gazing out the window at the passing countryside and, fortunately for us, taking wry notes all along.
Harper Perennial, 1989. Pick up your copy here.
The Prone Gunman
The Prone Gunman is a quick read — making it perfect for 3.25 commutes or two whole evenings with 1.5 whiskey neats in tow — but it packs an awful lot in to its 150-ish pages. Soon to be a Pierre Morel film starring Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, Gunman reads an awful lot like a graphic novel or vintage Luc Besson film — unrelenting in its visual detail and rapid-fire moments of violence.
The story centers around an exceptionally professional assassin who returns to Paris for "one last job" before settling down with his childhood sweetheart. However, if you've spent any time with classic noir antiheroes, you already know that the talented ones never really completely 'get out.' Such is the case here, as the story quickly escalates, with suspenseful moments punctuated with scenes of violence described with the blunt efficacy of a world-weary forensics expert. Though a little too quick, Gunman is a good one — and it has us jonsing for the film adaptation due out this spring.
City Lights Books, 2002. Pick up your copy here. [H]
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