THE MADONNAS OF ECHO PARK, by Brando Skyhorse--in this splendid first novel, Skyhorse places his Mexican- American characters in the turbulent current of the 1980s pop culture, alotting each one a chapter in which to tell the chance to tell his own story. Though there is linguistic, religious and historical commonality in Echo Park, each character expresses his own experience in a highly individualistic and remarkable voice. I am willing to bet that Skyhorse's debut is a preview of great things to come.
SUCK ON THIS YEAR, by Denis Leary is noteworthy for its inanity, forced humor, unintelligent one liners. Enough said.
INSPIRATIONS, by Paulo Coelho is a mini anthology of works the author claims to find inspirational. I suspect that Oscar Wilde, D. H. Lawrence and Jorge Luis Borges had known that they would inspire Coelho's dreadful books, they would have become plumbers.