It’s another Monday morning and even before we have erased the sleep from our eyes with our third cup of coffee, there is joy here in Glueland for we have struck out to heroically provide our Gurus with some cool new books. This week’s prizes include some original prose from an up-and-coming young literary voice out of Queens, New York (a book which has whirlwinded its way through the Glue office), a darkly honest and often disturbingly funny look at a soldier’s life in an endless war, and the latest in the Bourne series.
Thirty years old, freshly released from prison, ne’er-do-well Marie believes she has found happiness (or at least a niche) with the husband and child of her hated childhood friend. However, she soon finds herself on the lam in a Paris she never imagined, spiraling to some sort of inevitable end. Dermansky’s follow-up to her well-reviewed debut Twins has already received excellent press for its gritty, often transgressive prose.
In concise, easy-to-digest language, Peter Barnes provides a solid starting point for those wishing to learn more about the various attempts scientists and politicians are presenting to try and correct the corruption of the earth’s atmosphere.
Capturing the insanity of the war field in the manner that made The Hurt Locker so compelling, soldier Matt Gallagher distills the elements of his popular (and controversial amongst the military) blog into a captivating narrative of his year deployed in Iraq.
Crime novel veteran Eric Van Lustbader continues to keep the late Ludlum’s most enduring character alive in the latest chapter of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Deception. In this installment, Lustbader has Bourne grappling with a more traditional demon in the form of rival spy and master of subterfuge Leonid Arkadin.