Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Recommendations

A friend asked me to bookmark all the recommendations I got for summer reading, and it's a great idea. For me, because I'll surely never be able to find that list again as it gets buried on my wall, and for you, because...well, they're great recommendations. I added a few of my favorites as well.

One Thousand White Women, Jim Fergus
(just picked up from the library today)

Spellman Books, Lisa Lutz
(The Spellman Files, Curse of the Spellmans, Revenge of the Spellmans, Spellmans Strike Again)
(read the first two, have the third in my vacation pile. These are super fun, easy smart books. Perfect summer reading!)

The Millenium Trilogy, Stieg Larsson
(Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest)
(I'm on the reserve list at the library!)

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
(read it, loved it.)

The Historian, Elizabeth, Kostova
(in my vacation pile)

Authors: Sparks and Jodi Piccoult
(Can't read Jodi Piccoult.  I read My Sisters Keeper and said I'd never read another.)

Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurty
(I just finished this book.  No, I had a love affair with this book. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.  You need 50 - 100 pages to get to know the characters, but I actually miss this group of characters and wish Mr. McMurty had done a sequel.)

Author: Wally Lamb
(I read She's Come Undone, but will eventually try others.  I liked it, but wasn't blown away.)

Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall

Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
(in my vacation pile)

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
(in my vacation pile)

Pollan’s In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan

The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, and Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Summer Sisters, Wifey, Judy Blume

The Girl with a Pearl Earring, Tracy Chevalier
(read it, loved it.)
The Tender Bar, J.R. Moehringer
(read it, loved it.)


Siouxsan Says said...

awesome...I really appreciate the commentary too. :) I'll print this and take it to the library tomorrow!

Amy M said...

There is a sequel to Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo. Also 2 prequels. They are all wonderful although Lonesome Dove is the best in my opinion!

ethiopifinn said...

I'm reading Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.
It was my book to finish before the baby came, but he came ahead of schedule. I still have a little chunk waiting for a time that I can sit and read for more than 2 minutes before falling asleep. It is a sad sort of book, but I am relating to how the culture impacts the lives of the two sisters in the book.

Julie said...

Glad you updated with your opinions. I really enjoy lots of the books you recommend and look forward to your reviews. :)

Re: Sparks. I don't necessarily love his books (great writer, somewhat depressing material) but Three Weeks With My Brother is a memoir and it's awesome.

Amy I. said...

I just finished The Wayfinders, by Wade Davis. Excellent nonfiction! Also just heard about a memoir called Searching for Tamsen Donner, by Gabrielle Burton that I really want to get.