One for the Books
by Joe Queenan
Viking, 2012. 244 pgs. Nonfiction
Joe Queenan, journalist, reviewer, lover of books, didn't care for David Benioff's City of Thieves because no one who had survived the siege of Leningrad could ever have become a Yankees' fan. And although he reads at least two hours a day and sometimes longer, and reads a hundred books a year and "often twice that many," he never reads in the bathroom. One for the Books is irreverent, thoughtful, scathing, equal parts good sense and oddness, a book bibliophiles will love if for no other reason than that it is loaded with good book recommendations, many of them in French, alas.