The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and Undeservedly Obscure by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd. Saw this at a local Barbara’s Bookstore. Publisher’s Weekly says:
The authors’ aim with these capsule sketches is to provide material about their subjects that “their official biographers would have unquestionably left out.” This means sex, of course, but also includes mental illness, hearsay, and just plain bad taste.
I saw Skippy Dies by Paul Murray on The Book Lady’s Blog. I have seen this book EVERYWHERE, but was intimidated by its size despite all the buzz. Described as both humorous and tender, it is a coming of age story set at a Catholic boarding school. Bring on the 600+ pages.