Picks and Pans Review: Great Reads
updated 12/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/20/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST
by Paul Rudnick
Hilarious essays about playwright-screenwriter Rudnick's work and oddball family. Sedaris fans, take note.
by Rula Jebreal
A novel about a Palestinian girl growing up amid Arab-Israeli conflict. Soon to be a film starring Freida Pinto.
LA'S ORCHESTRA SAVES THE WORLD
by Alexander McCall Smith
It's his 25th book, and he hasn't run out of warmth or wit.