Beam's new book is The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship.
Recently I asked the author about what he was reading. Beam's reply:
I'm currently reading Maria Semple's Today Will be Different, hoping that it will be as flat-out fantastic as Where'd You Go, Bernadette? I'm about half way through, and I'm not quite sure yet. Semple is a delightfully sharp-tongued writer.Visit Alex Beam's website and Twitter perch.
Each evening I read a tiny bit of the one-volume version of Robert Skidelsky's three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes. It's superb, and has none of the shortcomings you might expect: no economic jargon, no dull accounts of endless international conferences. Skidelsky has a wonderful subject, a cynosure of the British academic, social, literary and political elite, and he works brilliantly with his material. A real treat.
My Book, The Movie: The Feud.