It’s Read an E-Book Week – March 4-10

March 4-10 is Read an E-Book Week.

Of course, just because it’s E-Book week, it doesn’t mean that any books you read have to be E-Books.

There are all kinds of great sites for free E-Books. You can read them off of your computer, or you can download them to an E-Reader or an iphone or ipad.

One of my favorite sites is Munseys.  They have mystery, horror, pulp (my personal favorite), science fiction, and adventure. They even have classics.

They have titles like Junkie!, Alley Girl, Cockfighter…if you like that kind of stuff. Like I do.
One of my favorite pulp authors is Ed Lacy.

 Ed Lacy (August 25, 1911 – January 7, 1968), born Leonard “Len” S. Zinberg, was an American writer of crime and detective fiction. Lacy, who was white, is credited with creating “the first credible African-American PI” character in fiction, Toussaint “Touie” Marcus Moore. Room to Swing, his 1957 novel that introduced Touie Moore, received the 1958 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Lacy was born in New York City. He was a member of the League of American Writers, and served on its Keep America Out of War Committee in January 1940 during the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact.  He died of a heart attack in Harlem in 1968, at the age of 56.

I haven’t read Room To Swing, so I think I will make it my ‘Read an E-Book Week’ mission.

If you’re not into that kind of stuff, here are some other suggestions. Stuff that may be considered a little bit more ‘legit’.  They are some my personal favorites.

A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler

A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain is a 1992 collection of short stories by Robert Olen Butler. It received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1993.

Each story in the collection is narrated by a different Vietnamese immigrant living in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The stories are largely character-driven, with cultural differences between Vietnam and the United States as an important theme. Many of the stories were first published in journals such as The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. The collection was re-released in 2001 with two additional stories, “Salem” and “Missing”.

White Noise by Don Delillo

White Noise is the eighth novel by Don DeLillo, published by Viking Press in 1985. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.

White Noise is an example of postmodern literature. It is widely considered his “breakout” work and brought him to the attention of a much larger audience. Time included the novel in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. DeLillo originally wanted to call the book Panasonic, but the Panasonic Corporation objected.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies is a book collection of nine short stories by Indian American author Jhumpa Lahiri published in 1999. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in the year 2000 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. It was also chosen as The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year.

The stories are about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are caught between the culture they have inherited and the “New World.”

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

American Pastoral is a Philip Roth novel concerning Seymour “Swede” Levov, a Jewish-American businessman and former high school athlete from Newark, New Jersey. Levov’s happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic social and political turmoil of the 1960s, which in the novel is described as a manifestation of the “indigenous American berserk”. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 and was included in Time’s “All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels”.

Anyway, those are just a few suggestions.

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