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Apathy and Other Small Victories

Apathy and Other Small Victories

Apathy and Other Small Victories ($12) is the debut novel of Paul Neilan, an author that we'll be keeping on our watch list. We've been enjoying dark comedy pulp novels lately (such as Company) and Apathy fit right into the groove. We started laughing at page one and the fun didn't stop until about 6 hours later when it was over. The book's narrator gives you a brief look at his life, which includes being a temp at a large insurance company and stealing large numbers of salt shakers on a nightly basis. And it goes downhill from there. If you're offended by anything, you should probably suck down a few shots before digging in. We're not, but we also don't pass up any excuse to get wasted.

  • This is Our War: A Soldier's Portfolio

    While most of the photography books we've featured have been of a light nature, it's never a bad thing to have some more substantial material on your coffee table as well. Spawned from a GQ feature article, This is Our War: A Soldier's Portfolio ($20) tells the stories of our troops in Iraq through 250 photographs taken not by journalists, but by the soldiers themselves. Some are moving, some funny, some simply beautiful, but all are honest, intimate portrayals of war.

  • Company by Max Berry

    Company ($15) is the latest novel by our new favorite contemporary satirist, Max Berry. In the 350-page work, he takes office politics and banal tasks to an extraordinarily extreme degree, but it's not so twisted from reality that it doesn't apply to your own 9-5. The story line follows naive business school grad Jones through his relatively short career at Zephyr Holdings. His first task is to find out what the company (not just his department, which only deals with other internal departments) actually does. Not only does no one know, they can't grasp why Jones would be curious. A perfect book if you enjoy The Office, Dilbert or Office Space.