CCLaP Update: 30 April 2013
Today in CCLaP's weekly update, now also available as an email newsletter: We attend the Chicago Pop-Up Book Fair; Eleanor Stanford's "Historia, Historia" has a release party; Maureen Foley's "Women Float" gets an official cover; our rare book collection acquires 12 new titles; plus a roundup of recent reviews and links to every essay we posted last week. Click through for it all! Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Book Review: “HHhH” by Laurent Binet
Today's book review: The experimental, metafictional Nazi tale "HHhH" by Lauent Binet. Says reviewer Travis Fortney: "Binet is trying to retell history [through fiction] without inventing anything himself. The problem is, I wasn't sure that I saw the inherent value of that idea, and I didn't think Binet necessarily accomplished what he set out to." Posted on by travisfortney 
Book Review: “The Retrospective” by A.B. Yehoshua
Today's book review: "The Retrospective," the latest by "bad-boy" Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua. Sums up reviewer Yair Ben-Zvi, "One part film study, one part My Dinner with Andre, another part concluding scene to the Grapes of Wrath coupled with Roman art, and a distinctly Israeli flavor to the proceedings that gives the text a soft and languid warmth that, unfortunately, also slows and at times suffocates the text to a maddening stall." Posted on by yairbenzvi 
Book Review: “This is How You Lose Her” by Junot Diaz
Book Review: After becoming an accidental Junot Diaz completist, reviewer Travis Fortney reports that "This is How You Lose Her" is the author's best work so far, and that he's also a nice guy and semi-willing hugger of strangers. "I have always found Diaz's slangy, fast, Spanglish-laden, street smart style to be electric, but this collection hit me in a way his writing hadn't before." Posted on by travisfortney 
Personal essay: Regarding the realities of book collecting and the delicious sadness of ‘Market Warriors.’
Why do I find the new PBS show "Market Warriors" deliciously sad? What secret truth about book collecting have I learned in recent years that a dealer will never tell you? And how are these connected? Check out this personal essay for the answers, in which I address echo chambers, post-Recession realities, and why baseball cards will always be better than rare books for flipping a fast profit. Posted on by Jason Pettus