Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
John Cheever meets the apocalypse when a New York family goes to holiday in a remote corner of Long Island. Satire slowly gives way to mounting dread and horror, with such a light and subtle touch that as a reader, you might as well be a frog being slowly brought to boil. My favorite Goodreads review for this book puts this simply as “Prepare to be freaked the f*ck out!!!” Indeed.
Adult Fiction Hardcover pr5701255
I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going by Peter McGough
McGough pens a dandy look back at growing up gay in Syracuse NY in the 1970s, followed by the escape offered by art school in New York and an eventually successful career as an artist, in collaboration with partner David McDermott. Life in the seedy East Village with contemporaries such as Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol are detailed in an unpretentious, mostly unreflective, breezy style that reads like diary entries.
Running throughout are the artists’ attempts to live a Victorian lifestyle (forgoing electricity, eschewing travel by air and all modern conveniences) which brings unusual hilarity to some darkly familiar themes and places, with the shadow of AIDS looming and then arriving with devastating consequences to the community.
A sort of gay, visual arts companion to Patti Smith’s Just Kids.
Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr3418209