Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff (Random House, $27) by Calvin Trillin draws from two-score years of Trillin’s incomparably written humor and satire in The New Yorker, the Nation, and his many books. It runs the gamut, touching (of course) on food, economics, the media, science and technology, the literary world, and family matters, among others. All classics, these pieces can be read over and over and always elicit a chuckle. The political poems offer eternal mirth, perhaps best exemplified in the ode to Sarah Palin entitled, “On a Clear Day I Can See Vladivostok.”  The book is sure to provide the levity we will all be craving as the 2012 election season wears on.

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ISBN: 9780812982213
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - December 4th, 2012

This memoir from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Oscar Hijuelos tells the story of his Cuban-American upbringing in New York City as his immigrant parents charted their own path in a new country. One fascinating subtext of Thoughts Without Cigarettes (Gotham, $27.50) deals with a serious illness Hijuelos experienced as a child and the pressures his condition exerted on a family already under strain. Hijuelos is best when describing how, trapped for years in a stifling job at an advertising agency, he latched onto his passion for writing, along with a few mentors who shepherded him along. I loved the honesty of the book, and the vivid and unvarnished memories Hijuelos shares even if, at times, I felt there were holes in the story.

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ISBN: 9781592407187
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Published: Avery - June 5th, 2012

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy: Interviews with Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (Hyperion, $60) is a must-read (and listen-to) for American history and Kennedy buffs who want unfiltered commentary from the former First Lady. In interviews recorded only months after President Kennedy was assassinated, Jackie Kennedy reveals a deep grasp of political issues, offers her own insights into foreign leaders and domestic politicians, and describes some of the everyday experiences of life in the White House. The tapes were meant to be sealed for almost 50 years, but were released a few years early by Caroline Kennedy to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her father’s presidency. Listening to the tapes reminded me of how rarely we heard from Mrs. Kennedy during her husband’s presidency and for the rest of her life, even as she was and remained an iconic figure worldwide. Caroline Kennedy’s foreword and Michael Beschloss’s introduction and annotations of the text are also worth reading.

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By Caroline Kennedy (Foreword by), Michael Beschloss (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781401324254
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Published: Hyperion - September 14th, 2011