AbeBooks.com Shout Out

underratedA friend recently tagged me in a link to an article on obscure and hard to find and grossly underrated books according to 21 of our favorite authors.  I was overjoyed.  Book recommendations are my favorite, and a book recommendation from a favorite author, especially of an underrated, hard to find book, seems like just about the best thing in the world, right? Continue reading

Books on Work

In the spirit of the magic book recommender, let me just briefly recommend five books to be read together if you’re feeling stuck in your career or mid-lifey or just wanting to vibe on the disconnect of today’s society and find yourself wondering “how did I get here, and why do I stay?”

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Vacation Reading- Ambitions vs. Reality

Reading a book at the beachIf there is one thing I lament in life, it’s the absence of sufficient free reading time.  I love to read, but by the time I get all my work done, and chores done, and finish all the other things I have to do, there is precious little time left over for anything else.  I read, sure, 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, but it’s not the luxuriant hour upon gorgeous hour that I crave.  So on those rare occasions when I get to take a vacation, I am always excited to finally get caught up on some reading. Continue reading

Books to Read if You Love “Saturday” by Ian McEwan

Sometimes, when you really love a book, you think “man, I really like this book, I wish I had a million more like it.”  I’ve had this feeling here recently with Elena Ferrante’s The Days of Abandonment.  So good!  But unfortunately, it seems to be uniquely good.  It sort of defies comparison.  One contributor has described it as Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs meets Herman Koch’s The Dinner.  So far, I have found that to be very accurate.  But unfortunately I have already read both of those books.  So now what? Continue reading

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves- Book Review

Not all 300+ page books are created equal.  Sometimes they feel like a chore.  Sometimes they take forever to finish.  Sometimes we abandon them.  But not Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.  It felt like a dream.  Within pages, I knew I was already sorry it was not longer.  That I would never want it to end.  I couldn’t stop reading.  I didn’t want to read anything else.  She had my undivided attention. Continue reading

Magical Library Book Recommender

For as far back as I can remember, I have strongly believed that libraries are just about the coolest places around.  I love the books, the ambience, the possibilities.  But I have come to realize that one of the most unsung yet greatest parts about libraries is their librarians.  Intelligent, helpful, bookish, they are great sources of information.  I have received many excellent book recommendations over the years from thoughtful librarians, especially Dunce One, aka The World’s Strongest Librarian.

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Cosmopolis- Book Review

CosmopolisFor reasons I am still trying to wrap my head around, Don DeLillo’s White Noise moved me more than any book I had read in quite some time.  Not in an altogether good way, or bad way.  I found it both pleasant and intensely disturbing.  It was familiar and horrifying, and thus both comforting and startling.  I liked it.  It was something to experience. Continue reading