I picked this book up shortly before leaving for our honeymoon to bring on it. A few days into the trip, as I read the New York Times over breakfast, I saw an ad for upcoming signings at Barnes & Noble, including one by Michael Chabon. I was thrilled.
I suppose readings/signings by famous authors isn't as big a deal in New York as it is here, seeing as we turned up an hour before it started and got a seat fairly near the front. It did fill up, but much closer to the appointed hour. Compare this to the time I waited FOUR HOURS to see David Sedaris at Bolen Books in Victoria, and then waited another 3 hours to get my book signed.
Michael Chabon read 2 short stories from his new book and then answered questions for a bit (which were much less mundane than most of the questions asked Sedaris at the Victoria signing.) We were ushered row-by-row into a very orderly line, and after a short wait, Chabon signed our books. The meeting wasn't much to speak of, but it happened and I was so glad.
The Yiddish Policeman's Union was good too. It wasn't true love like Kavalier and Clay, and to be honest, I was a bit confused by the story (a detective story in an alternate reality where all the Jews live in Alaska), but I got involved with the characters and was almost totally satisfied.