I’m reading Cheryl Strayed’s WILD (from our recent contest). And I’ve ordered a new short story collection by Edgar Keret, after being wowed at a reading of his, this week. What can you recommend?
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am running between Stiff by Mary Roach, Taking the Leap by Pema Chodron, and The Last Resort by Douglas Rogers. All great and different from each other.
Pema Chodron is such an inspiration. I just looked up Stiff and and The Last Resort, which I hadn’t heard of. You’ve got an amazing range!
I enjoyed The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate but then I’m a sucker for stories about grandfather-grandchild relationships.
The Streetsweeper….by Elliot Pearlman
and The POwer of Habit…by Duhigg
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert. Not a self-help book about being happy, but a fascinating analysis of why we frequently get it wrong when trying to do what we think will make us happy.
Also, I was really late to the party on this one, but I finally read The Help. Amazing.
Being a man I need numbered steps in how-to-relationship. I’m working through Attached and keep Five Love Languages and A Fine Romance handy like some do the Bible. Saw the movie and then gobbled up all three Hunger Games.
Also writing my diet book: “Lose 50 pounds eating chocolate and peanut butter five times a day – sort of.”
I’m reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro and am finding it beautifully understated. I have a booke of Du Maurier stories waiting in the wings. I always suggest Cold Comfort Farm and I Capture the Castle to people. A bit twee and English eccentric, but I love them!
I’ve read a number of Ishiguro books, and have enjoyed them all.
The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. The Botany of Desire and OmnivoAre’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I SO want to read Game of Thrones though!
Anne Tyler—My all time favorites are Accidental Tourist and Dinner at a Homesick Restaurant. She has about 19 books and I enjoyed all of them–lots of quirky characters set in Baltimore. I’ll buy your peanut butter and chocolate diet book!! I also love Alexander McCall Smith books and I just adore the Agatha Raisin series by MC Beaton. She’s a 50+ year old woman, single (some of the time), w/out children sleuth. Lots of fun to listen to the audio books while driving to work.
I haven’t read Anne Tyler in a long time, but I’ve loved her books.
Right now I’m reading The Hunger Games trilogy for the second time (devoured it in a blind fury the first time, reading it with a more English teacher eye this time and seeing some flaws, to my dismay), the works of John Buchan (the 39 steps, etc), and the early PD James novels. Enjoying it all. After teaching kids to analyze literature all day, the last thing I want to do when I come home is read heavy stuff.
I often go from back and forth from reading the classics to contemporary. By my bed, I also have a copy of Flaubert’s Sentimental Education.
I am reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed also. Great suggestion, Wendy. It is inspiring me to be willing to take more risks and do things that a woman “shouldn’t do alone.”
She’s an amazing writer, with a vivid story to tell.
I always have several books going at once…The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Flying Tigers, and the new translation of The Second Sex. However the beautiful weather is making me get out and work in the yard more. Not to mention running more too.
I am listening to the audio book of Jeannette Walls’ memoir Glass Castles. This is the best book I’ve listened to all year–10 STARS! It is probably most relatable to those that had a fairly dysfunctional childhood.
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