As I do every so often on this site, time to run down popular purchases made on Amazon by readers of Conversational Reading. (For previous reader faves, see here.)
Here we go, in order to sales rank:
No surprises that, by far, the most popular item purchased in the past few months has been the subject of the current Big Read. Thanks to everyone who is participating!
Self-published phenom A Naked Singularity continues to be a popular book with readers of this site. And with The Quarterly Conversation previewing an excerpt from his new book, Personae, perhaps we’ll have another favorite.
Wallace fans are die-hards. Despite my reservations about this book, readers of this site are still snapping up Wallace’s final offering.
Zone by Mathias Enard
My endorsement of this massive, challenging French novel (and my interview with its translator) seems to have spurred some readers of this site. Good for them!
The Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
This is one of the books I’ve featured on my Interesting New Books in 2011 page. Plus Sorokin is a pretty big deal, and this is probably his biggest and best book.
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
Chalk up another one to a combination of a big author and a listing on the Interesting Books page. But how ugly is this cover?
“A” by Louis Zukofsky
This one pretty clearly goes back to this post I did about “the Ulysses of poetry.”
The Preparation of the Novel by Roland Barthes
I would attribute this to my interview with the book’s translator, and this blog’s great following among Barthesians everywhere.
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition by Geoff Dyer
Some recent discussion of this book plus a listing on the Interesting New Books page probably did the trick.
For previous reader faves, see here.