Wrapped Up In Books, The A.V. Club’s monthly book club, has chosen its selections for the months of July and August. Let’s waste no time getting to them.

July

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Beginning Monday July 13th, we’ll present a week-long discussion of The Woman Chaser by Charles Willeford. That’s my selection and I’m guessing that it may not ring a bell for a lot of readers. I’ll save the details for when we get to the book, but here’s a thumbnail sketch: Willeford wrote a highly individual sort of crime fiction from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. He’s probably best known for writing the 1984 novel Miami Blues, the first of several featuring a detective named Hoke Moseley. It was turned into a movie starring Alec Baldwin and Fred Ward in 1990, two years after Willeford’s death. (Scott Tobias made it a New Cult Canon selection a few months back.)

Willeford released The Woman Chaser—itself turned into a pretty neat film in 1999—in 1960. Without spoiling anything, it’s the tale of a used car salesman who decides to become a movie director. Though a lot of Willeford's books have fallen out of print, it’s currently available as a paperback and shouldn’t be too hard to find at the library. Or, for you 21st century types, it’s also available as a free eBook in several different forms from Munseys.com. Finally, let me leave you with a Willeford quote from a posthumous profile in The Atlantic: “Just tell the truth, and they'll accuse you of writing black humor.”

August

Then, starting August 17th, we’ll be talking about John Crowley’s 1981 novel Little, Big, a sprawling fantasy novel chosen by A.V. Club readers when we asked for future picks. We’ll be letting readers choose every fourth book, so keep those suggestions coming in.

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