This week we’ll be letting you in the inner sanctum: our bookshelves. Books are for sharing, right? I am a librarian at heart. I love to introduce people to new, awesome books. If I see a book I love in the clearance section at Half-Price Books, I have to restrain myself from plucking it off the shelf and shoving it into the arms of the first person I see.
Books I love to ply on my friends the most:
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. Forget the movie! They never would have made it right! I love Kevin Spacey—adore—but he was never Quoyle. This book always makes me want to travel to hinterlands Canada in the middle of the winter, and I don’t even like the cold.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I’ve read this book about six times, and I’ll probably read it again this summer. I used to cling to it because I wanted to be a writer and I didn’t know exactly how. Now that I’m not just an actual writer but a published one, it’s more about Lamott’s voice. I’ve started reading her fiction, and it’s beautiful and charming in the best possible way.
Still Life by Louise Penny. I could go on and on about the mysteries I love that I’ve shoved onto my friends, but perhaps no book represents the infectious disease that is a beloved book than this one. I’ve gotten so many friends and family members hooked on the series just by giving them a copy of this first book—I’ve run out of people to give it to.
The Fiddler in the Subway by Gene Weingarten. Some of these essays, originally printed in the Washington Post, are hard to read, but I guarantee you won’t be the same after reading them. I think this is one of those books that fiction writers should read to see how characters (in this case, real people) can be fully drawn on the page. Oh, and the writing is gorgeous.
I’m going to cut myself off here, because I could do this all day. If you want a book recommendation, tell me in the comments the last book you loved.
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