I hadn't read a full book in a long time, I lost my reading habit a few years ago, but I'm trying to get it back! Anyway over the past two weeks I've read two books: "As Esganadas" by Jô Soares and I've just finished "American Rust" by Philipp Meyer. The former probably will be lost in translation unless you read it in its original portuguese, Jô Soares is a brazilian comedian so his writing style reflects that, unfortunately he abuses cliches a little too much for my taste in this book and tends to plug all the historical research he has done in a not very subtle way making it superfluous, it was still a nice read. "American Rust" on the other hand is the very opposite of that, you have all the american stereotypes there, the deadbeat dad, the high school football star fallen out of grace, the kids too smart for their small towns, every one of them and yet the author manages to tell the story in such a way that you never ever feel like he is insulting your intelligence by resorting to commonplaces, all the characters feel like real people, it's just an awesome book, I binge read the last 150 pages today. I can't wait to get my hands on Meyer's latest work.