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Andy Greenwald is an American author, critic, podcaster, screenwriter, and television producer. From 2011 to 2015, he was a staff writer and principal TV writer for Bill Simmons' ESPN website Grantland.
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Alright, Alright, Alright
The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused
Melissa Maerz - Nov 17, 2020
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“Melissa Maerz’s brilliant oral history is the definitive account of a cult-classic movie that took a slow ride into the Seventies and defined the Nineties.” –Rob Sheffield, Rolling StoneThe definitive oral history of the cult classic ...
Andy Greenwald
Nov 17, 2020
This book is truly great -- check out an excerpt here!      source
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The Memory Police
A Novel
Yoko Ogawa - Jul 28, 2020 (first published in 1994)
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*** 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST ****** NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR *** ...
Andy Greenwald
Oct 08, 2020
This is one of the best books I've read in 2020. And this creative team for it is 🤯.      source
The Last Good Kiss
James Crumley - Nov 05, 1988 (first published in 1978)
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An unforgettable detective story starring C.W. Sughrue, a Montana investigator who kills time by working at a topless bar. Hired to track down a derelict author, he ends up on the trail of a girl missing in Haight-Ashbury for a decade. The tense hunt becomes obsessive as Sughrue takes a haunting journey through the underbelly of America's sleaziest...
Andy Greenwald
Mar 22, 2018
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Please read (or re-read) along!      source
Stone Arabia
A Novel
Dana Spiotta - Jul 10, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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From a National Book Award nominee, “a smart, subtle, moving story about the complicated business of knowing the people you love” (Book Forum). In the sibling relationship, “there are no first impressions, no seductions, no getting to know each other,” says Denise Kranis. For Denise and her brother, Nik, now in their forties, no relationship is mor...
Andy Greenwald
Feb 11, 2018
Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta. Then read any other book by Dana Spiotta.      source
Return to the Dark Valley
Santiago Gamboa - Sep 19, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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Gritty Central and South American lives from an underground Colombian literary voice. Santiago Gamboa is one of Colombia's most exciting young writers. In the manner of Roberto Bolano, Gamboa infuses his kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan stories with a dose of inky dark noir that makes his novels intensely readable, his characters unforgettable, and his ...
Andy Greenwald
Sep 15, 2017
RETURN TO THE DARK VALLEY is also a semi-sequel to NIGHT PRAYERS, one of my favorite books of the 21st century.      source
Vision
The Complete Collection
Gabriel Hernandez Walta - Nov 26, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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A super hero story like no other. He was created to kill the Avengers - but he turned against his "father." He found a home among Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and love in the arms of the Scarlet Witch. It didn't end well. Now, the Vision just wants an ordinary life - with a wife and two children, a home in the suburbs, perhaps even a dog. But it won't...
Andy Greenwald
Aug 03, 2016
Related to last RT: @TomKingTK's VISION (@Marvel) is the best comic book I've read in years.      source
Total Chaos
Marseilles Trilogy, Book One (Marseilles Trilogy, 1)
Jean-Claude Izzo - May 07, 2013 (first published in 1995)
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Book One in the Marseilles TrilogyThe Marseilles trilogy, featuring ex-cop Fabio Montale, is a classic of European crime fiction. Its publication was the catalyst for the foundation of an entire literary movement, Mediterranean noir, and made its author an overnight celebrity. Europa is Proud to reissue the entire trilogy this summer in new edition...
Andy Greenwald
Jul 11, 2016
If you like crime novels, alcohol, existential malaise and/or Mediterranean cuisine, you need to read this book.      source
Night Prayers
Santiago Gamboa - Mar 01, 2016 (first published in 2012)
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A Colombian philosophy student is arrested in Bangkok and accused of drug trafficking. Unless he enters a guilty plea he will almost certainly be sentenced to death. But it is not his own death that weighs most heavily on him but a tender longing for his sister, Juana, whom he hasn't seen for years. Before he dies he wants nothing more than to be r...
Andy Greenwald
Apr 04, 2016
This is the best book I've read in a very long time. RIYL: Bolaño, Murakami, gin poured over lots of ice.      source
Dancing Bear
James Crumley - Jan 01, 1984 (first published in 1983)
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Detective Milo Dragovitch spends too much time boozing until he gets caught up in a case involving two-bit criminals and an old lady on the run.His friends call him Milo. No one has ever called him Bud except his father, long dead, and now Sarah Weddington, stirring painful memoires and offering him his first case since he abandoned his private pra...
Andy Greenwald
Feb 26, 2016
Sometimes I start reading other books. But then I remember this is the only one I like.      source
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In a Lonely Place
Dorothy B. Hughes - Jan 01, 2006 (first published in 1947)
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A classic California noir with a feminist twist, this prescient 1947 novel exposed misogyny in post-World War II American society, making it far ahead of its time.Los Angeles in the late 1940s is a city of promise and prosperity, but not for former fighter pilot Dix Steele.  To his mind nothing has come close to matching “that feeling of power and ...
Andy Greenwald
Jan 06, 2016
Chandler, "The Long Goodbye;" Thornberg, "Dreamland;" Hughes, "In a Lonely Place;" Ellroy, "LA Confidential." And?      source
L.A. Confidential
James Ellroy - Sep 01, 1997 (first published in 1990)
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L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants n...
Andy Greenwald
Jan 06, 2016
Chandler, "The Long Goodbye;" Thornberg, "Dreamland;" Hughes, "In a Lonely Place;" Ellroy, "LA Confidential." And?      source
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