December 14, 2008
Fiction 1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 2. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 3. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ($14) 4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz ($14) 5. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99) Nonfiction 1. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama ($7.99) 2. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama ($14.95) 3. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin ($15) 4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert ($15) 5. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle ($14)
March 13, 2008 |
Writer Junot Diaz has always juggled multiple identities: Born in the Dominican Republic, he grew up part nerd, part playboy in New Jersey. His 1996 book of short stories, "Drown," turned some heads, but it wasn't until his debut novel last year, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," that all those identities beautifully collided to make bestseller gold. Suddenly, it's not only literary nerds who know Diaz's name -- or Oscar Wao's. Diaz will be in town for a free reading from the novel at Westwood's Hammer Museum at 7 p.m. Monday.
September 16, 2007 |
Junot Díaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" seems poised to be the hottest debut novel of the year. Arriving after 11 years of expectation following Díaz's celebrated story collection "Drown," the novel's narrative voice evokes both the polyglot energy of Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children" and the sexual longing (and New Jersey setting) of Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint." But in some crucial ways Oscar, the novel's hapless protagonist, is the opposite of the horn dog Portnoy.
September 9, 2007 |
Un maldito hombre. More dangerous than comic supervillains and monsters, devious and controlling, and in some cases, as with Rafael Trujillo, "the dictatingest dictator that ever lived," who wrecked the Dominican Republic for generations, stronger than prayer or God. Un maldito hombre is what Oscar Wao, the ghetto supernerd hero of Junot Díaz's much-awaited first novel, is not. That is why his life is brief, and why it is wondrous.