March 20th, 2016

Required Reading

I should be packing, instead I’m angsting over new books for my Kindle. Recommendations welcome.

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  • I don’t know if this helps, but I just read a review of Claire Harman’s biography of Charlotte Bronte and it made be buy it–moments ago.

    SueMMarch 20th, 2016  12:26 PM

  • Franz Kafka, The Trial. The goldfinch, Donna Tartt.

    Giovanna BoffaMarch 20th, 2016  12:45 PM

  • I Am Pilgrim

    Page turner like no other! Then enjoy sharing it with all your friends!!! It’s like a James Bond thriller and you literally won’t be able to stop reading it! Have a great trip!!

    Megan webberMarch 20th, 2016  1:18 PM

  • American Housewife by Helen Ellis. Also, The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin.

    AnonMarch 20th, 2016  2:33 PM

  • I am Pilgrim… Just finished it. Was a thriller you could not put down

    JeanneMarch 20th, 2016  2:51 PM

  • I am partway through “All the Light We Cannot See” and thoroughly enjoying it. I will also checkout I am Pilgrim.

    SiobhanMarch 20th, 2016  3:17 PM

  • The expatriates was good. Currently reading Delicious (Ruth Reichl) and it is very good.

    Paula BMarch 20th, 2016  3:23 PM

  • The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. One of her best books in awhile.

    KathyMarch 20th, 2016  5:32 PM

  • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr; A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James; The Secret History, Donna Tartt; and an old favorite, The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov, all amazing, all lyrical and each very different from the others.

    YNYMarch 20th, 2016  6:46 PM

  • I read a review of The Mad Woman Upstairs which sounds pretty interesting and well received, a fictional story concerning the Brontes.

    AprilMarch 20th, 2016  7:08 PM

  • I just read “Whistling by the Graveyard” – LOVED!

    I am taking on my beach vacation:
    A Man Called Ove
    The Paris Architect
    These may all be older because they are in paperback (I am a hands on book gal – not a kindle fan so I like to pack paperbacks), but came highly recommended. I am for sure going to check out I am Pilgrim

    MaryBMarch 20th, 2016  7:42 PM

  • oops…”Whistling PAST the Graveyard”

    MaryBMarch 20th, 2016  7:49 PM

  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – best book I have read all year!

    betsyMarch 21st, 2016  6:40 AM

  • Paul Kalanithi’s, When Breathe Becomes Air and Diana Athill’s, Alive, Alive Oh!

    JackieMarch 21st, 2016  6:44 AM

  • I cannot wait to get some recommendations. I have read Swans of New York on your suggestion and loved it. Currently reading The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley and it is quite amusing.

    Karen KloppMarch 21st, 2016  6:45 AM

  • Scary Old Sex by Arlene Heyman. Wonderful short story collection.

    Laura Zinn FrommMarch 21st, 2016  6:46 AM

  • Being Mortal, non-fiction by Atul Gawande.

    Doreen banksMarch 21st, 2016  6:47 AM

  • All 4 of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan books. All 3 of the Robert Galbraith books (if you like a good murder mystery), City on Fire. Beach reads: The Expateiates, and of course, Openimg Belle by the talented Maureen Klinsky. Fortune Smiles
    Have fun!

    AlexandraMarch 21st, 2016  7:48 AM

  • A Fine Romance by Candace Bergen–read it and listened to it on tape, Rules of Civility–beautifully written

    DawnMarch 21st, 2016  7:49 AM

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is the most beautifully written story that compels the reader to the end. I am so glad my book club choose it. It was an uplifting and enlightening read in so many ways and provided fodder for one of the best book discussions.

    Heidi WeddendorfMarch 21st, 2016  8:06 AM

  • “…And Ladies of the Club”
    Novel by Helen Hooven Santmyer

    I re-read this book almost every 10 years! Just love it!

    Rebecca HivelyMarch 21st, 2016  8:17 AM

  • Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
    The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
    The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

    Mary Margaret VasquezMarch 21st, 2016  8:32 AM

  • When I am travelling, I want to read books that make me laugh. No one better than Erma Bombeck. “Motherhood the Second Oldest Profession” and “The Grass is always Greener over the Septic Tank”, are funny and insightful.

    DanaMarch 21st, 2016  9:45 AM

  • If you’ve already read All the Light We Cannot See, you might try The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah. Also, the blog of my friend Jennifer Puryear,, has up to date reviews and lists of favorites with a literary bent…

    LeeMarch 21st, 2016  9:56 AM

  • In memory of our recently departed Pat Conroy, I a re-reading My Losing Season and The Great Santini. I listened to an old interview on Fresh Air with Mr Conroy and Terri Gross from 2002 and I had one of those driveway moments where I had to stay in my car to finish listening. Such wisdom– he said that he had never learned anything form winning; only from losing. May he rest in peace.

    Helene DamerisMarch 21st, 2016  11:22 AM

  • A Place To Call Home by Deborah Smith.Cannot put it down! I’m on vacation now and it’s the perfect read! I have a feeling you will love it!

    SallyMarch 21st, 2016  11:31 AM

  • Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce
    In full disclosure, Eddie is my husband — but Richard Russo and Martha Stewart loved it, too!

    MartineMarch 21st, 2016  11:46 AM

  • Loved the Doerr and Marra books but for a vacation especially you MUST read Hannah Rothschild’s “The Improbability of Love!” Such a fun and entertaining read…..

    LeslieMarch 21st, 2016  12:10 PM

  • Breath by Tim Winton- unbelievable

    UllaMarch 21st, 2016  1:00 PM

  • Goldfinch by Donna Tartt; Wonder by R. Palacio (young adult, but lovely and tender and bring tissues), There Was a Little Girl, B. Shields (good beach reading); Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (heavy, but essential reading); The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker

    LizMarch 21st, 2016  6:02 PM

  • I just finished All that I am by Anna Funder. Pre WW2 story about a group of people opposing the Nazis. It is interesting from a historical perspective but also a wonderful story about human dynamics. Funder also set a scene on Bondi Rd in Sydney which is my local shopping strip. It is a delight to find the street where you buy your fruit and sausages mentioned in a novel !!!

    AntoinetteMarch 21st, 2016  7:21 PM

  • Bird Without Wings is a lovely novel!

    CatherineMarch 21st, 2016  9:26 PM

  • I would recommend The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Such a beautiful story about love and loss, set in Australia in the 1920’s. The lives of the lighthouse keeper and his wife are forever changed after they make a discovery on their tiny island. Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender just finished filming the movie which is based on the book. I finished it in 2 days – such a compelling story. I think you would love it.

    GretchenMarch 21st, 2016  10:06 PM

  • Station 11 – Emily St. John Mandel
    Into the Forest – Jean Hegland
    Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
    All beautiful to read and engrossing story lines for a vacation.

    The Water Knife
    Paolo Bacigaupi
    Scary but if you like the SouthWest USA it is fascinating to read.

    Son of France by Todd Bakak
    He is a Canadian author – this is his second intelligently written thriller set in France.

    Your blog is terrific.

    Christine BlackadarMarch 22nd, 2016  4:07 AM

  • Thank you for all of these great suggestions! I’ve downloaded a number of them.

    PrestonMarch 22nd, 2016  1:45 PM

  • Bad boy by Eric fischl
    Great artist and great writer. His autobiography and insight into the contemporary art world. Entertaining and easy read.
    Hold still by Sally Mann
    Another very talented writer. Has lots of pictures too.

    MichelleMarch 26th, 2016  7:07 AM

  • The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild wonderful,hilarious, about the art world

    SayfordApril 1st, 2016  11:15 AM


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