January 9th, 2017

Nothing In The Queue

Oh, what a month it’s been. I just put my older daughter on a plane back to school and came home to a quiet house only to realize that I have nothing queued up on my Kindle. My sister recommended Hillbilly Elegywhich looks excellent. Suggestions welcome.


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  • I loved the memoir, In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi, and could not put down the novel, Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. I think you’ve already read Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth.That’s also fantastic.

    Laura Zinn FrommJanuary 9th, 2017  3:08 PM

  • Hillbilly Elegy is also on my list. I am currently reading and enjoying Miss Jane by Brad Watson, a quiet and compelling story based on the author’s great aunt. A real gem. Waiting in the wings is “Idaho” by Emily Ruskovich. Happy reading!

    Alissa KingJanuary 9th, 2017  3:33 PM

  • Not new books, but A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien and The Zookeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman are all exquisitely written.

    Bonnie MartinJanuary 9th, 2017  4:23 PM

  • Just got Idaho by Emily Ruskovich . It’s her debut novel and got great reviews. Looks right up my alley, and I think yours.

    KathyJanuary 9th, 2017  5:08 PM

  • Hillbilly Elegy is in my queue and just today I thought I need to start it. I highly recommend Siracusa by Delia Ephron for fiction. I just finished You will Know Me by Megan Abbott, which I had heard great things about. I was a bit underwhelmed, but it is interesting and thought provoking. I am also starting Missing:Presumed by Susie Steiner which has very good reviews.

    AprilJanuary 9th, 2017  5:40 PM

  • I really enjoyed Everybody Behaves Badly by Lesley M. M. Blume.

    MoiraJanuary 9th, 2017  8:33 PM

  • “The Nix” is a great book if you haven’t read it yet.

    Paula BJanuary 10th, 2017  7:14 AM

  • I am in the middle of Jenny Offill’s wonderful second book Dept. of Speculation, one of New York Times 10 best books of the year for 2014. Give it a go!

    NancyJanuary 10th, 2017  7:46 AM

  • Edward Sorel’s “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary”!

    JackieJanuary 10th, 2017  8:00 AM

  • Have you read Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow yet? I’m about halfway through and am loving it! It feels like an adult version of Eloise – so interesting and mischievous.

    CatherineJanuary 10th, 2017  10:02 AM

  • I was very disappointed with Hillbilly Elegy, esp. considering the press it received. An excellent read is Nancy Eisenberg’s White Trash – The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America. The NYT and NPR, among several other, accolades were well-deserved…

    gpcJanuary 10th, 2017  10:12 AM

  • ‘The Long View’ by Elizabeth Jane Howard or anything by Zadie Smith.

    RTGJanuary 10th, 2017  10:25 AM

  • The Lilac Girls published in 2016 author Kelly amazing true story of 3 women during Hitlers reign

    jiffy lemckeJanuary 10th, 2017  10:45 AM

  • “The Mothers”, a debut novel by Brit Bennett is wonderful.

    EllenJanuary 10th, 2017  11:33 AM

  • While neither of them are new releases, “All the Light We Cannot See” and “Citizens of London” are both exceptional reads. The former is so sensitively written and the story very poignant. Before the New Year slips away, I want to thank you for your wonderful blog and tell you how much I enjoy your missives, as well as the comments of the community. You seldom have a miss, in my view (can’t get behind patent of any type) and you keep us current! Most appreciated! Bravo!

    TraceyJanuary 10th, 2017  12:07 PM

  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles (outstanding!), and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (if you haven’t read it already)

    DianeJanuary 10th, 2017  12:28 PM

  • “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles is a MUST!

    LeslieJanuary 10th, 2017  1:03 PM

  • I’m reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and it’s incredibly moving.

    Doreen banksJanuary 10th, 2017  2:21 PM

  • Thank you for the recommendations!

    PrestonJanuary 10th, 2017  4:05 PM

  • i am reading They Left Us Everything by plum johnson and loving it.

    sallyJanuary 10th, 2017  6:26 PM

  • You have plenty of great recommendations already, but want to say that I have been eager to get to Hillbilly Elegy, hear it’s wonderful. But want to recommend to you and others Moonglow by Michael Chabon. I just started I and really enjoying.

    KWJanuary 10th, 2017  6:33 PM

  • Return to Carrie. As an adult. An epistolary novel, it represents King’s break-out work. Published in 1974, the story is set in May of 1979. King has Chris Hargenson wearing hot pants. In 1979 she would have really been wearing gauchos. Remember?

    M. Kirk OkayJanuary 10th, 2017  10:29 PM

  • Great suggestion here 🙂 Seconding A Gentleman in Moscow, Commonwealth and A Little Life. Also, Zadie Smith’s latest, Swing Time, was enjoyable.

    SCJanuary 10th, 2017  11:58 PM

  • Love all recommendations and am happy to benefit from Preston’s great idea of a book recommendation pole, but as a Russian and a person interested in history and at least somewhat educated in it, wanted to give a word of caution to the “A Gentleman in Moscow” fans. It is an engaging read, but be forewarned to not rely on it to develop knowledge of the Russian history or life during the depicted period – very little appears to be accurate or true to life. A fun read though. Irina

    IrinaJanuary 11th, 2017  2:33 PM

  • The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. Engaging writing about the psychology of predictions and the relationship between two Israeli psychologists.

    CiaraJanuary 15th, 2017  11:23 AM


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