Jeff VanDam, First Husband of Roscoebooks and Special Occasions Employee
Jeff VanDam is a lawyer and ex-journalist who moonlights as a volunteer book reviewer and stockroom attendant at RoscoeBooks. When it comes to reading, he alternates between sweeping historical nonfiction about grand lives and modernish sardonic novels. To be more specific, he enjoys Caro, O'Neill, Kearns Goodwin, Chabon, H.S. Thompson, Shteyngart, and anything written about Theodore Roosevelt. His favorite book remains To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. He did not like The Goldfinch. He is also the parent, along with this store's owner, of a one-year-old who greatly prefers the works of Eric Carle and Graeme Base to the exclusion of nearly everything else.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION
An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master's Son follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.
A searing, beautiful, and deeply comic novel by a young American master
Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S.
Chabon's extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative class
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MICHIKO KAKUTANI, THE NEW YORK TIMES • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY MORE THAN 45 PUBLICATIONS, INCLUDING
One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of
This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart.
"Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters."--Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News
From "America's nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of the first Americans to conquer space. "Tom Wolfe at his very best" (The New York Times Book Review)