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Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
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Though less playful and propulsive than The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay or The Yiddish Policemen's Union, there's something very intimate and personal about Chabon's latest novel, set on his home turf (Berkeley and Oakland) and involving two important components of his own life: listening to music (vinyl, to be exact) and making babies (at home, to be exact--he and his wife, the writer Ayelet Waldman, have four kids). The entwined stories of record sellers and midwives in Telegraph Avenue doesn't necessarily soar or roar, but the characters and the setting are great company, and the prose is, as usual, frequently exquisite. [Check out the interview I did with Chabon for Amazon at BEA in June of 2012.]
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