Journalist and five time (wow!) Pulitzer Prize nominee Earl Swift will be at our Dallas Flagship HPB on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. to sign and discuss his new book, Auto Biography, a fascinating look at the life of a classic ’57 Chevy. We hope you’ll stop by to meet Earl! In the meantime, we asked Earl to put together some of his favorite books for our “Books Authors Read” series. Take it away, Earl! -- Emily
Books Authors Read with Earl Swift
The first book by novelist, journalist and essayist Morris, this fictional 1993 yarn is set in the automotive design world of mid-fifties Detroit, and recreates the time and place down to the subtlest curve, the briefest wink of chrome, years before “Mad Men” trod similar ground. A fun, fast, smart read that’ll stay with you.
This is the story of one Charles Strickland, a button-down British stockbroker who abandons his wife and children and runs off the Paris to become a painter—and eventually, meets his fate in a squalid South Seas hut. But there’s far more to it than that: Told through Maugham’s loner-traveler narrator, the novel (generally recognized as a fictionalized spin on the life of Paul Gauguin) offers a lasting rumination on art, talent, obsession and destiny.