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The Book You Have To Read

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Chuck Palahniuk recommends Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis by Eric Myers (St. Martin’s, $24.95) It’s the biography of Edward Tanner, the man who wrote Auntie Mame as well as more than a dozen best-sellers during the 1950s. It’s more than just an author biography — it’s about the rarest kind of American, an eccentric, and it’s about how easily and quickly the public forgets about someone, no matter how odd his behavior or how acclaimed his talent. Beyond that, it’s about how an artist’s work can become better known, and known far longer, than the artist himself.

Chuck Palahniuk is the author of the novel Fight Club. Doubleday will publish his next novel, Choke, in May.