Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Club

I put out a Facebook request for reading recommendations of the funny, uplifting, enthralling, magical variety - or, in the best case, all of the above. Thought I'd share the list, as it turned out to be a pretty good one. Some of these I've read, many I haven't. Do you have any to add? B ooks you didn't want to end, but you couldn't put down?  Books that made you feel young (or younger?)  Books whose worlds you wished you lived in?

Here's the list, and its accompanying reviews:

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson ("A hell of a read.)

Bossypants by Tina Fey  ("Don't wait, go buy it. You'll want to have your own copy.")

Anything by Siri Hustvedt

Birdsong by Sebastien Faulks

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (note: Everything is Illuminated, also by Jonathan Safran Foer, at the top of my [Natalie's] top 10-possibly-5-books-of-all-time list)

A Prayer for Owen Meany ("If you haven't read it, run.)

The Power of One (note: another top-10-poss-top-5)

Barney's Version

Good Omens

Terry Pratchett's Disc World series

Lamb: The book of Biff by Christopher Moore. ("Awesomeness.")

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morgen ("All of the above.")

Crucial Conversations

Fear and Loathing ("Does it for me.")

  (cannot resist temptation to post Johnny Depp image whenever possible)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson ("You're welcome.")

One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Another note: if you're in the mood to bookshop, go out and support your local bookstore if possible!  If you have patience, save trees and money and support literary charities by buying your books at!


  1. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff is a great and very funny read. The first time I read it I laughed out loud. It was still funny the 2nd time around.
    Probably Moore's best book.

  2. Am going to check both of these out for sure. Thanks, guys!