BOOKS TO RECOMMEND++
I wasn't a reader for a long time. Now I am. Here is an open list of books I would recommend and I would love hear yours too.
- •The 100-Year-Old Man Who Escaped Out a Window and Disappeared by Jonas JonassonThis is the best story I have read in a very long time and I look forward to reading it to my son when he can understand most of it.
- •The Art of Racing In the Rain by Garth SteinI received this in a work holiday book exchange and I loved it. I'm a sucker for a dog and even though you know what is going to happen from the beginning and because there is a dog on the cover, it is a very powerful and pointed read that left me crying as I finished it.
- •The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas JonassonThe second novel by the same author. Also a fun, silly historical absurdist novel. You need a bit more specific historical knowledge than his first book, but still a page turner.
- •King Leopold's Ghost by Adam HochschildI had to read this for a college class but only read the assigned parts. Read the rest of it recently and it is a very real look at parts of imperialism that we all like to forget...especially if you are white folks. The book reads like a horror novel which happens to be historically accurate.
- •The Golem and the Jinni by Helene WeckerThis historical-fantasy-cultural-religious-love story was a bit slow but finished really strong. I would suggest reading up a bit on Arabic and Jewish legends.
- •California by Edan LepuckI heard about it on Colbert but it is a crazy look at what is coming. Or just a crazy story. It is well written, for the most part and really interesting.
- •The Third Reich by Roberto BolañoFile this one under he WTF but I want to know what happens category. Not imperative reading but good for that random dinner party where some one says "oh I love Bolaño's approach to modern life," where in you can nod knowingly (that this guest is full of it).
- •Too Big Too Fail by Andrew Ross SorkinToo big to read #amirite? But seriously this is a tick tock of the world coming apart and a must read for any liberal who feels empowered to bitch about Wall Street. It won't make you feel for the bad guys but it will provide some perspective.
- •The Art of Fielding - Chad HarbachSomething for everyone, with a really intriguing central premise: what if you were really, really good at one thing, perfect, even, but that was all you could do?Suggested by @sally