29. Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Yes, this is one of the books that President Obama took with him on vacation. No, I am not that much of a Obamaholic that I will pick up a book because he is reading it! LOL! This book has been in my “to-read” pile for over a year and I am just finally getting around to it. Netherland is the story of Hans, a Dutch banker now living in America with his English wife and their infant son. When his wife returns to London with their child after 9/11, Hans (not ready to abandon his New York lifestyle) finds himself alone, living in a hotel. He winds up befriending a Trinidadian businessman over their mutual love of the sport of Cricket. It’s interesting to see Hans drawn into the lives of his West Indian team members and out into boroughs beyond Manhattan that he never would have explored. Not exactly a fish out of water story, because he swims along so willingly. Downside of the book: really heavy on descriptions of cricket matches, which is a complicated sport that hasn’t caught on with Americans, and O’Neill uses a lot of words. His descriptions sometimes go on forever, and while his writing is incredible, by the end of the book I was so exhausted that I didn’t read the last 2 pages!
The ladies of TLC are back. Masquerading as a Mary Kay-like cosmetics firm, TLC actually stands for The Ladies Cartel and that lipstick probably contains pepper spray. These ladies are trained to fight crime. This installment is about Nia Turner who finally gets her first assignment to get information on the operations and identify the players in what will be a huge sex scandal. The only problem is that it appears that the person who is heading it is her ex.
A hilarious collection of essays by one of my favorite comedians. If you are easily offended, don’t read this. Cross goes after Bill O’Reilly, Jim Belushi, and Whoopi Goldberg. Institutions aren’t safe either. He expresses his distaste of organized religion (especially Mormons), conservatives and music snobs. There are also links in the book that steer you toward extra content online. If you like to laugh, possibly at yourself, and if you are a true David Cross fan, then you shouldn’t miss this.