Morgan just asked me to send her a list of books I’ve recently read and would recommend, so I thought I’d share it for those of you looking for something to curl up with by the fireplace.
– The Good House, by Ann Leary: About an alcoholic real-estate agent, written by Denis Leary’s wife Ann Leary and one of my favorite books I’ve read in years.
– The Age Of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker: About what happens when the earth stops spinning; heartbreaking and wonderful and unforgettable.
– Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple: A beautifully crafted story about a daughter’s relationship with her eccentric and extraordinary mother; funny and compelling and lovely.
– Wild, by Cheryl Strayed: One of the most beautiful books I’ve read in my life, and I went into it thinking “a book about hiking? Ehhhhhhhgh.”
– Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson: I have no idea how to describe this one other than that it can be a little tough to get through (it’s about an English woman who dies time after time – and then comes back to life – as the country marches towards war), but is very much worth the effort. I didn’t want it to ever end.
– Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead: Sort of Great Gatsby-esque, about a family’s misbehaviors at a ritzy weekend wedding.
At the moment, I’m re-reading Russell Brand’s My Booky-Wook (not nearly as silly as it sounds; he’s an incredible writer and it’s worth a second read) and am wading through The Returned (the subject matter – long-dead people suddenly come back to life and reconnect with the families they left behind – is just a little too upsetting for me to get into at night, which is when I do most of my reading).
But I’m almost done with those…so anyone have more suggestions? I need an excuse to not come out from under the covers next weekend.