“Here I Am” by Jonathan Safran Foer

Though I devour Jonathan Safran Foer's work, none of the works after his first novel Everything is Illuminated have quite thrilled me as much as his debut. Here I Am, however, has come extremely close. It has everything I love about Foer: his eccentricity, his willingness to let the reader dangle in discomfort, his ability to characterize entire …

“Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland” by Gerald Clarke

I was on a flight from London to New York and this bio of my favorite icon made the nine hours fly by. Clarke relays a legendary career defined by constant falls and stratospheric comebacks and he does it without giving the reader whiplash. This look at Judy is unflinching, often unflattering, and doesn't attempt …