This is definitely a more personal list. We didn’t have to come to consensus on this one, the Book Review editors all picked the books they held nearest and dearest. Some of them I read for our 10 Best list and loved: the laudably Dickensian Becoming Dickens, Ladyexpert Eugenides’s novel of post-collegiate life and love, Kastin’s Nica’s Dream, which evokes a New York that no longer exists. Two of my picks come solidly from among my subject areas (in this case law and fine arts): the drool-worthy Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, which was equal parts beautiful, strange, and scholarly; and the late Harvard Law professor William J. Stuntz’s The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, an urgent, compelling call for reform and a stringent critique of the system that currently exists. (I care about prison reform and so should you!) My last choice was a book I reviewed for Margaret Heilbrun, our lit editor—a collection of essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead, which, suffice to say, I’m a big fan of.

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Fourth and final entry of the day of “Jeffrey Eugenides: Ladyexpert,” a series of images that captures just how well this Pulitzer Prize–winning author understands ~the ladies~ as well as literature.

From the Wikipedia entry for Camera Lucida:

punctum denot[es] the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship with the object or person within

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From Flavorwire, some ideas for book world-inspired Halloween costumes:

Jeffrey Eugenides on his Times Square billboard

Swoon-worthy indeed. The book world was aflutter with confusion and titillation a few weeks ago when this sexy billboard promoting Jeffrey Eugenides’ new novel The Marriage Plot went up in Times Square. Since when have literary authors gotten billboards? No matter, we totally dig it, and we think it’s the perfect costume choice for any nerdy but sensitive writers looking to get a little love on Halloween night. After all, he is a ladyexpert.

The costume:

Purple floral button down shirt (oh yes, we know it’s purple) — Nordstrom, $110

Tony Stark facial hair kit (you’ll only have to cut it a little bit) — Linens ‘n’ Things, $19

Black vest (note, Eugenides’ vest has its own Twitter handle… do with that what you will) — JC Penney, $35

Straight leg blue jeans — Uniqlo, $10

A bunch of friends to stand around you yelling accolades, preferably dressed in yellow — depends on how popular you are.

Eugenides Promo Photos Mystery Solved?

From Terry Gross’s Fresh Air interview with the man, the myth, the Ladyexpert, Jeffrey Eugenides:

GROSS: So it’s a photo of the book jacket, and then there’s a picture of you, and I think it’s the same picture that’s on the book jacket. Am I right?

EUGENIDES: Yes. It’s a picture that should have been small on the back of my book.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

EUGENIDES: Not large, on the side of a building.

GROSS: So, it’s a picture of you, and you’re wearing, you know, like jeans and a shirt - a patterned shirt - and a vest. And it looks like you’re walking swiftly, because the vest is, like, blowing open.

EUGENIDES: Mm-hmm.

GROSS: You’re carrying a book in your hands. And the headline over this billboard is: swoon-worthy. And I thought, what? I mean…

EUGENIDES: Yeah.