1) Away, by Amy Bloom. The prose is perfect. It’s the best written new novel you’ll read this year, and that’s saying something, since Ian McEwan also came out with a new novel. Another interesting thing about the book is that I almost didn’t buy it because the cover is so terrible, or at least unappealing to me. But that would have been a mistake.
2) Into the Wild, by Eddie Vedder. Haven’t seen the movie, but the music is fantastic. If Thoreau had an iPod, he’d be listening to this in the woods. That, of course, begs the question: would Thoreau have owned an iPod?