I think we've all known a guy like Nate Piven: the self-proclaimed "nice guy", the kind of a guy who thinks of himself as a feminist, who understands women's struggles. Invariably this guy is always just as much of a callow jerk as your average frat boy, quickly growing impatient with women's feelings and foibles, and blaming them for any problems in the relationship. After all, he's a nice, understanding guy, it's not his fault the relationship is failing! Nate Piven is no exception, and what makes him so insufferable is not that he's a jerk, but that he so smugly believes he isn't. What saves him, and what makes the book so brilliant, is these flashes of self-awareness he has. Occasionally he is stricken with self-doubt and it makes him human (and less murder-able). I enjoyed every page of this sharp debut, and I can't wait for more from Adelle Waldman! - Lauren
Your Classical Companion, KBAQ 89.5, and Changing Hands Bookstore are proud to present Book Notes—a book club for music lovers
Our May Book Notes selection is Saving Italy The Race to Rescue a Nation's
Treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel
WHAT: Featuring novels, biographies, memoirs and monographs about classical music, composers, musicians and history, Book Notes is your literary gateway to learning more about the music you love.
WHEN: Tune in to KBAQ 89.5FM the first Friday of every month to hear Randy Kinkel's Book Notes review the month's pick or click here (mp3) » On the First Friday of each month at 6pm, Randy Kinkel will review a new book. A repeat airing of his review can be heard the following Sunday during The Pulse at the Heart of the Arts, at 1pm.
WHERE: You can buy the Book Notes monthly selection by clicking "Add to cart" below. You can also order at 480.730.0205, or at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283.