posted Nov 4 2014 10:47AM
By Elmore Leonard
Reviewed by Dom
I'm a big fan of Elmore Leonard's writing, especially his dialogue. He was a master at delivering compelling conversations between his characters, and along the way he surely inspired not only other writers but some filmmakers, too.
It's no secret that Quentin Tarentino is a fan; he took this month's book club selection and turned it into a hit movie called Jackie Brown
– starring Denver resident Pam Grier.
Leonard wrote in several genres, but his crime thrillers, like Get Shorty
(which F/X turned into the hit show Justified
) made him one of America's favorite authors. Rum Punch
tells the story of flight attendant Jackie Brown, who is sneaking money into the country for an arms dealer . . . until she's nabbed by the law.
Jackie decides that perhaps she'll find a way to keep the money for herself – and you can imagine how that sits with the bad guys.
Elmore Leonard is a writer who doesn't waste words, which makes for fast-paced thrillers, full of memorable characters and spicy language. People magazine claimed that Rum Punch
was his best, and you can find it for 20% off at The Tattered Cover Book Store.
posted Oct 1 2014 3:58PM
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
By David Sedaris
Reviewed by Dom
One of the undisputed masters of the memoir, David Sedaris has built a rabid following by talking about himself - which sounds odd to some people, but is generally the recipe for the best humor. We’re suckers for funny first-person stories.
This isn’t a novel, nor is it a collection of short stories; it’s an escape through the mind of an award-winning humorist. Sedaris is best known for the pieces he has contributed to Esquire and The New Yorker, as well as stints on NPR.
But it’s the books that have cemented his fame. The Dom and Jane Book Club has featured a couple of his other titles over the years (Me Talk Pretty One Day is perhaps the most popular), and it’s natural for people to compare them to each other. When you’re as good as Sedaris, that can be tough, because the bar has been set high.
Tales such as “Solution to Saturday’s Puzzle” will resonate with frequent air travelers, while “The Smoking Section” is sure to get nods from anyone who has tried to quit smoking.
Please be aware that language and adult issues/situations will not appeal to everyone. But Sedaris has a way of eliciting a chuckle or two - or outright guffaw - from most of us.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames is available for 20% off at all three locations of The Tattered Cover Book Store
. Just let them know you’re there with The Dom and Jane Book Club to snag the discount.