What to Read (now)
Check out the lists in WHAT TO READ: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR READING GROUP MEMBERS AND OTHER BOOK LOVERS for books published before 1999. Since I have now had my head examined and do not plan to do any more versions of thisbook (since there are easier ways to go nuts !), here are some suggestions of what to read from the pool of books published since then. I intend to update this informal list fairly frequently, so please check back.
On the subject of America’s best writers who should be on everyone’s reading list: HESTER AMONG THE RUINS by Binnie Kirshenbaum
A touching, evocative tale about a young girl in Texas: THE BOX CHILDREN by Sharon Wyse. Perfect for book clubs.
An unusual, quirky and intelligent read: THE MAILMAN by J. Robert Lennon.
A beautiful, funny, and tragic memoir about a family plagued by muscular dystrophy and energized by hope: THE BOOK OF KEHLS by Christine O’Hagan.
The best book Walter Mosely has ever written: THE MAN IN MY BASEMENT.
You’ve heard it before but in this case it’s true: This guy can REALLY write: THE EVIL B.B. CHOW AND OTHER STORIES by Steve Almond.
The best novel I have read this year: SMALL ISLAND by Andrea Levy. Now here’s someone (in England) who actually knows how to create characters !
Another writer with perfect control of the language and SOMETHING to say ! EVA MOVES THE FURNITURE by Margot Livesey.
For readers who like
mysteries, here’s a good one by a new writer: THE MOURNING SEXTON
by Michael Baron.