Lobster in A Reader’s Book of Days

From the Boston Globe:

A READER’S BOOK OF DAYS: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

By Tom Nissley
Illustrated by Joanna Neborsky
Norton, 448 pp., $24.95

Believers in astrology will be put off by this book, because how could the zodiac really work if Thomas Mann and V. C. Andrews share a birthday (June 6)? Now, Edgar Allen Poe and Patricia Highsmith (Jan. 19) does make sense. One of those essential household objects, this book lists writers’ birthdays, death dates, and important events (such as the amputation of Arthur Rimbaud’s right leg on May 27). Even more tantalizingly, it combs through the literary landscape to highlight important fictional dates, from the Jan. 1 diary entry by Charlotte Haze in “Lolita” to Dec. 20, the date on which all of the action in Stewart O’Nan’s “Last Night at the Lobster takes place. Terrifically fun.

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