*Ryan’s Pick*

Standing outside the courthouse with a roll of toilet paper and a marker Eliot tears off a square and hands it to each person that happens by. On each square are these words: “I love you.” And he means it. Eliot Rosewater is either the greatest philanthropist or the craziest man-child to ever live in Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s fantastic mirror of Earth.  With a multi-million dollar bank account and an open heart, Eliot Rosewater (reprising a small role from Vonnegut’s acclaimed Breakfast of Champions) manages the hardships of the people of Rosewater County, Indiana with the gusto and comic timing that only Vonnegut can produce. Despite a severe drinking problem and what appears to be an unstable mind, Elliot wins over the hearts of complete strangers  while losing the respect and friendship of his father, wife, and friends.
Other than his first novel (Slaughterhouse V) Vonnegut professed God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater to be his favorite of all the books he wrote. If you want science fiction don’t buy this book. If you want to meet the most intriguing and complex characters ever created then there is no better way to spend the weekend than by curling up with this novel of human compassion, misunderstanding, and unreserved love – done only the way Vonnegut can.

So, what do you think?