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What's on the Nightstand: Jeremy Strick

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At Interabang Books we love to ask our customers what they’re reading. We share some of their answers in What’s on the Nightstand, a feature focused on what our friends in the community have been reading (or intend to).

Jeremy Strick is the Director of the Nasher Sculpture Center. Since March 2009 he has been responsible for exhibitions and operations at the 2.4-acre museum in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Prior to the Nasher, he served as Director of Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and held curatorial posts at the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Jeremy's Nightstand Picks are listed below:

Manhattan Beach: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476716732
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2017

The book I’ve most recently enjoyed reading is Jennifer Egan’s novel MANHATTAN BEACH. I had read her last novel, A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, which I also enjoyed, but the more recent novel was especially remarkable for its evocation of a particular time and place, the subtlety of its characterizations and, above all, the beauty of its writing.

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Sacred Games: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061130366
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 18th, 2007

I don’t have an all-time favorite book, but one that stands out in my reading in the past decade is Vikram Chandra’s SACRED GAMES. It’s an amazing portrayal of contemporary Mumbai, and of India in transformation (I haven’t been, but would love to go!). It seems that every element of society is depicted in this rollicking, roller-coaster of a novel that contains vivid characters, multiple subplots, amazing detail, and breakneck speed action. It’s fascinating, revelatory, and great fun!

March Violets: A Bernie Gunther Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142004142
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 27th, 2004

Last year, I read through Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series. These 11 novels [now 13, of which MARCH VIOLETS is the first – ed.] feature a disabused Berlin police detective, and follow him from the time soon after Hitler came to power to the early postwar years. While the protagonist’s adventures take him to Austria and Russia, postwar Argentina and Cuba, and the South of France, they always shift forward and backward in time, following Gunther’s life during the war. They’re highly entertaining, and consistent and nuanced in their focus on the question of how an individual can maintain an ethical position while surviving in a society defined by gross corruption and evil.

Thinking, Fast and Slow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374533557
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 2nd, 2013

A book I would certainly recommend to everyone is Daniel Kahneman’s THINKING FAST AND SLOW. Kahneman, who won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in the field of behavioral economics writes engagingly about the mental structures that help us to understand—and misunderstand—the world; and to make judgements, for better or (more often) for worse. It’s humbling to read Kahneman’s detailed accounting of the varying ways we habitually misperceive the world. But Kahneman also takes care to offer clear suggestions for how we can counter and correct for the misalignments in these mental structures, a task that is, alas, never done.