Ernest Hemingway, Greg Kohl, Martha Gal Horn discussed on New York Times - The Book Review


This year marks are lucky thirteenth year podcasting, if you like, what you hear, if you're a fan, please feel free to review us on. I tunes joining us now my colleagues, Greg Kohl's, Tina Jordan and Libya are gay. Hi guys. All right. Before we talk about what we're reading, I just want to mention a few things on the bestseller list that I thought were interesting this week, first of all, overwhelmingly on non fiction. It's the current moment. Oh my God at number one, hire loyalty by James Komi and I'm just going to do the the sort of very overtly political books. Ronan Farrow with his book were on peace is number three. Fascism a warning by Madeleine. Albright with Bill Woodward is number four. At number eight, the assault on intelligence, Michael Hayden's book debuts Obama by Pete Souza's on the list suicide of the west. By Jonah Goldberg. God save Texas by Lawrence Wright and Russian roulette by Michael Isikoff David corn at number fifteen. So it's crazy political on there. I think there's like one, you know. Happy food book and. This time of year we should be seeing, you know, diet books, right, right. Gardens and joy. No. And then on on fiction, there are a number of debuts this week, but I thought very interesting. Rachel, Kushner. Our cover review this week debuted at number four with the Mars room, which is really a high debut or a literary. Yeah. And the other book I thought was interesting. It was at number five thriller is new to the list. Amy Molloy's the perfect mother and teen. I think both you and I read that book we did, and it's a debut novel from a woman who's I think ghost written a fair amount of nonfiction, and it's about a kidnapped baby in a mommy group in Brooklyn, and she lives in Brooklyn and got the idea when she had a kid and joined a mummy. I know it's, it's like Brooklyn mom's gone bad. I actually have like a may COPA here because a number of months ago I talked about how I was reading a thriller, but I wouldn't aim it because it hadn't yet come out. So that was the thriller for any listener out there who is like still wondering what the. It was, the perfect mother by Amy, I can sleep. I know it's been bothering Greg. All right, Greg, what are you reading? Well, it's more what I'm not reading. I have stalled on Ulysses is very publicly reading James Joyce's Ulysses for the sake of the podcast, and now I'm very publicly. Failing to review is on the podcast. I have a good reason. I actually I brought it with me on a trip a couple of weeks ago and didn't read even one page, but that's because I was reading other things more learn to Neva. I was in Geneva an engineer. I read a couple of work related books work because I, I was talking to the authors at various events. One was a memoir by the writer Shula dean. He's a journalist stand a former has Siddiq kind of ultra conservative orthodox Jew who was expelled from the s- the historic sect that he belonged to in in New York state for heresy and the. Some of his memoir which was published by gray wolf. A few years ago was all who go do not return, and it is kind of the explaining the sector that he belonged to as well as how he came to question its beliefs and what the process of being expelled was like for him. The other book that I read recently was Paula mcclain's new novel love and ruin Paula mclain, of course, wrote the Paris wife about her in his Hemingway's marriage to Headley Richardson and and second marriage to Pauline Pfeiffer. This book love and ruin is about Ernest Hemingway's third marriage to the journalist, Martha gal horn. So Paula McClain returning to Ernest Hemingway, and she also wrote novels Martha el-hor not very good. Once she did write novels, and in fact they did fairly well and and she wrote some stories, but really famous as a journalist, and and especially as a war correspondent throughout the course of her very long career. I think she spent like six decades an in conflict zones. The big climactic moment of love and ruined is Martha gal horn on Omaha beach on D day. And she's a, there's a as Paul McLean rights for a hundred and forty thousand men and one woman. No, that that she was the only woman journalist your. And in fact, she's the only journalist on the beach that day because all the other journalists, she's we're to chicken ran. They were all on boats offshore, watching through binoculars. But Marquel horn had been denied, press credentials. So she had to lie her way onto a hospital ship. And that hospital ship happens to go to Omaha beach and happens to land on Maho beach and sushi's out there carrying stretchers with the actual nurses and and soldiers can of helping out. So she's the only one who who made landing Markelle horn is just a remarkable figure. This book doesn't look at the whole scope of her career really only looks at her marriage to Hemingway, but it gets into kind of all all kinds of questions about marriage then and and independence for women within a marriage. And of course, Hemingway you know is I told Paula mclain when I interviewed her in some way, it's. It's like you're his fifth wife. So those are the things that I've been reading while I've been stagnant in Ulysses. You're off the hook, then Tina. So I'm reading this book country dark by Chris off it, and Greg, this was a review actually inherited from you signed this just before stopped, assigning fiction. So I didn't know this writer. It's his first novel in two decades. I think that's what I read and he sort of. He reminds me a lot of Larry Brown. The, you know, bit winter's bone. It's that kind of gritty, tough southern dark fiction. The I'm only halfway through the plot is that a young Korean war veteran returns to like his backwoods Kentucky home. He meets a girl and starts a family and starts working for a bootlegger. It's much darker than that because the young girl he meets. Who's actually somebody he saves from being raped in really gritty horrifying scene. Something's wrong with their kids, and they start having kids and they have five kids at one point. The point I'm at and only one of them is normal and all the others are bedridden, you know, like infants, even though there ten twelve hour however old and I can see it's going no place. Good because there's a county nurse and doctor slash and social worker visiting them, you know, in the hollow where they live and they're telling her that they're going to have to take these kids away. Kids are well care for I, I have to be honest with you. There were passages here and I know the reviewer felt the same way that were so dark that I had. You just wonder, where's this going? It's really not going anywhere good. There's a scene at the very beginning where the young veteran Slim's Tucker has been picked up by hitchhiker. It'll he's the hitchhiker and he's been picked up by. Trucker in the guy. Old guy pulls a gun. I'm tells him to open the glove compartment, take a drink, and you're like, oh my God, what's going to happen? He's gonna get killed or here. But in fact, he slugs some of the booze, and he then turns and takes gun from the guy. And you know. The track and leave. But so a lot of scenes like that. It's a Chris off. It grew up in Kentucky in the Appalachians, he's written about it. He has a story collection called Kentucky straight, has a memoir called the same

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