Big Brother Book Club: You’ve Got Good Taste in Books, New York

Oh, New York, it was a pleasure to spy on you this week. We saw Middlesex, The Great Gatsby, and Jane Eyre in kanji. We saw two novels about the gentrification of our fair city: Lush Life by Richard Price and The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem. Sure, we’ve seen a lot of these books on the subway before, but they’re great, and we’re always happy to see some one enjoying one of our favorites for the first time.

It was a good week for chick lit: we saw a Gossip Girl novel, Divine Evil by Nora Roberts, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, Women on the Edge of a Nervous Breakthrough by Isabel Sharpe, The Sixth Wife by Suzanne Dunn, and Before Women Had Wings by Connie May Fowler, although we mistook the author’s name and wrote Karen Joy Fowler in our notes. She’s great too!

We also spotted Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. Christopher Moore’s covers are always intriguing, but we’ve never read him. Should we? Leave us some comments and tell us what you think.

A couple of military titles appeared as well: The Volunteer: A Former IRA Man’s True Story, and Where Have All the Soldiers Gone? The Transformation of Modern Europe.

And last but certainly, we presume, not least, a teenager clutching a survey of Classical Literature. We would love to know what they call “classic” in high school these days.