This afternoon I placed an Amazon order (exciting!) and picked a new author for my holiday reading. His name is Jonathan Lethem and the book is Chronic City. I picked it from The New York Times list of the best books of 2009. I read the opening chapter on-line and then I listened to an interview with Lethem on Amazon's site, and now I am doubly excited to receive and read the story. I'll review it here. Since I enjoy culture, New York City, a little fantasy but not too much, and I'm always up for a good story recommended on a "best of" list, this was one of my selections.
Here is Lethem's interview. I encourage you to give a listen.