Will likes to read any fiction with a differet spin on it.
Will's Staff Picks:
Title: Heroes of the Frontier
Have you ever felt the urge to shirk all of your responsibilities and live off the grid? Leaving the mundanity and bureaucracy that comes to rule our lives...The hope is that on the other side of this disconnecting that we may find a simplified, idyllic life far from the constructed "phoniness" and hypocrisy of what has come to be known as "the American Dream." With tones of Holden Caulfield and echoes of Franzen, Eggers explores these themes of dissatisfaction and escape through our protagonist (?) Josie. Josie, a former dentist, loses her practice then picks up her life in middle class middle America to travel Alaska with her two children by way of RV. Driven by comedic cynicism, this is the tightest and most focused I've read of Eggers. Altogether a thought provoking read about freedom, escape, and the questioning the goods we've been sold. (American Dream)
Title: Men Without Women
Unlike Murakami's other stories/books ,the title tells all. This is a collection of 7 stories literally about men without women, but also heartbreak. Murakami throws machismo to the wind as he explores debilitating, and at times fatalistic heartbreak from the male perspective. These stories are also about an interesting meditation on the modern heteronormative relationship, and what exactly constitutes one. Fans of Murakami will recognize the author's typical use of magical realism - just in a more digestible short format. For the curious newbie to Murakami, this might be the perfect way to ease your way in!