Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Like Big Books

Much of my job involves reading. I read all the time. Practically every day, all day. But, often I have to read the same books over and over again. I don't always have as much time for pleasure reading as I'd like. Thankfully, I have discovered that though I get carsick when I read, I do not get bus sick! So, now I look forward to time to read anything my little heart desires on the way to and from work. Here's what I'd recommend and what's on my "To Read" list. Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up with a great book.


  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson: This is a strange and wonderful tale of a family of performance artists. In its own unique way, this book explores what some people are willing to sacrifice for their art.
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen: This book is sad and silly at the same time and chronicles the challenges of getting old and having parents who are getting old. Anyone who is part of a family should read this.
  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave: Stunningly written. A story of a young refugee and her quest to find a new life in England. Read it for the lyrical prose alone.
  • A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: This is the one I'm currently reading. I am a fan of Jennifer Egan. I started reading her when I came across her short story "Safari" in the New Yorker. That story is actually a chapter in this novel that explores the intersecting lives of a motley crew of San Franciscans. The chapters are told from various perspectives, which makes for an interesting reading experience.

To Read

  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed: This book has just gotten huge amounts of publicity. While I am not usually a non-fiction reader, I'm inclined to see what all the fuss is about.
  • The Newleyweds by Nell Freudenberger: This story of a "modern day arranged marriage" between a Bangladeshi woman and an American man by a widely celebrated young writer  smacks of something right up my alley.
  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz: I really love Junot Diaz. Similar to Jennifer Egan, I started reading him in the New Yorker, and one of the stories I particularly like ("The Sun, the Moon, the Stars") is part of this collection of short stories.
  • Waiting For The Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee: This is for when I'm ready for something to stretch my intellect. Coetzee's Disgrace is one of the most challenging and moving books I've read in ages. Since I love that one so much, I thought I'd try another.

And how great is that tote?