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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
352 pages
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<DIV><P>Following <I>The Broken Estate</I>, <I>The Irresponsible Self</I>, and <I>How Fiction Works</I>—books that established James Wood as the leading critic of his generation—<I>The Fun Stuff c</I>onfirms Wood’s preeminence, not only as a discerning judge but also as an appreciator of the contemporary novel. In twenty-three passionate, sparkling dispatches—that range over such crucial writers as Thomas Hardy, Leon Tolstoy, Edmund Wilson, and Mikhail Lermontov—Wood offers a panoramic look at the modern novel. He effortlessly connects his encyclopedic, passionate understanding of the literary canon with an equally in-depth analysis of the most important authors writing today, including Cormac McCarthy, Lydia Davis, Aleksandar Hemon, and Michel Houellebecq. Included in <I>The Fun Stuff </I>are the title essay on Keith Moon and the lost joys of drumming—which was a finalist for last year’s National Magazine Awards—as well as Wood’s essay on George Orwell, which Christopher Hitchens selected for the <I>Best American Essays 2010</I>. <I>The Fun Stuff </I>is indispensable reading for anyone who cares about contemporary literature.</P></DIV>