From the boxes we opened on Monday, two charming, quirky, unusual, and--we think--good books.
--Whatever It Is, I Don't Like It by Howard Jacobson. From the author of the Man Booker Prize winner The Finkler Question, a collection of columns he has written for England's Independent newspaper. A curmudgeon with a sense of humor and a way with words. One three and a half page gem after another. What's not to like? Paperback, $18.00.
--Starting from Happy by Patricia Marx. A funny boy-meets girl (and their life together) novel, told in short vignettes.