Richard Ford

Gift Me, Please by Laura Raphael

Photo of Laura Raphael

I am one of those aunts who gives mostly books for Christmas and birthdays – on par with underwear and socks as Worst. Gifts. Ever. in the cultural mythology of gift-giving. Fortunately, our niece and nephew love to read, and they are generally happy to get books from us every year. (Indeed, on more than one Christmas, one or both of them have chosen to read a new book than playing with whatever Nerf Blaster/Teeny Little Puppy/My New Helicopter toy they’d just received.)

The Case for the Slow Build by Nick Abrahamson

It occurred to me that the prolific output of James Patterson, writer of the immensely popular Alex Cross novels, very much resembles the pace of his novels:  frenetic, vociferous, the printing press spitting out pages for his next in perfect harmony with readers turning the pages of his latest.