Ask the Dust
by John Fante
I'm not going to make any bones about this: I'm reading this because of the Colin Farrell movie. Charles Bukowski has an excellent forward in the book about how he discovered John Fante and Ask the Dust. His effusive praise for both is pretty much how I feel about Farrell, so it's really good to know that the book is at least as interesting as the movie. The star of the book, Arturo Bandini, is featured in several Fante books. This particular one focuses on Bandini's budding writing career.