Due to the appendix nonsense, I’m very behind at work, which is why I haven’t been blogging. I want to take a minute to mention two great books, however, because they’re so fantastic: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and Let the Great World Spin by Column McCann. Pretty much all they have to do with each other is that they’re set in New York. Brooklyn follows an Irish woman who reluctantly moves to the United States after World War II to look for work. It’s a quiet but beautifully written novel about the immigrant experience. McCann’s novel on the other hand has a central experience that ties together a series of stories. It’s a risky literary device, but he pulls it off. It’s the dark, gritty New York of the 70s. These might be two of the best books I’ve read so far in 2009.