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Monday, March 13, 2006

book recommendations?

Friends,

You are all very well read, much more than I am, and I am sending out a call for book recommendations. I have just finished my last book and am at a loss for what to start on next. I would like a book which makes me look at something with a new perspective. I know that's pretty broad, but it's my only criteria.

Any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated!

6 Comments:

  • At 11:11 AM, Blogger Caroline said…

    How fun! I'm excited for you to read an eye-opening new book. If you have any recommends for me, please pass them along. I'm halfway done with "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and unsure of what to tackle next.

    Fiction:
    One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Magical realism at its best. It's a book that tickles your brain. Marquez won the Nobel Prize in Literature mainly due to this novel.)

    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (A story narrated by a girl who is murdered and how she watches her family from heaven as they try to piece together their lives. Great prose. Makes you think about how other people view the after-life.)

    Non-Fiction:
    Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin. (About a white man in the 1950s who takes pills to make his skin turn darker. He travels through the South to see what it's like to be black.)

    Any of the collected essays by Anna Quindlen. (Quindlen is a superb writer and her essays really make you think about current social topics. What's also great about her essays is that they're short---perfect if you're a busy working girl like yourself!)

     
  • At 2:11 PM, Blogger wilmawhipple said…

    Thanks for the suggestions, C! I've read Black Like Me (and loved it), and I'm quite intrigued by The Lovely Bones. I've read some of Anna Quindlen, mostly because of your great love for her, and have really enjoyed her so far. For me, in particular, it's nice to have interesting reading on social topics, I tend to get bored so quickly. Thanks again!

     
  • At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Debbie said…

    Books are the best. Lately I have been into financial books and money books. Some that I have recently read were Secret Wealth, Millionaire Next Door, Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke, and Richest Man in Babylon. The book that I am going to be reading next is Think and Grow Rich.

     
  • At 9:15 PM, Blogger Caroline said…

    Yay, I'm glad you like Anna Quindlen, too! Although I may not agree with her on every issue, I enjoy reading her essays because they are so well-written and she argues her points so well. I aspire to be like her...

    I thought of another recommendation:

    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. It's a great book that really influenced the feminist movement in the 1970s and it's also a great historical commentary. She has some really interesting ideas, too! Like how overprotective mothers "produce" homosexual children. Interesting, eh? It's a long book, but I feel even if you read a few chapters of it, you'll get a sense of what life was like for American women in the 1950s and early 1960s and how far we've come since then.

    I'll let you know if I can think of any more! I love talking about books! And please, if you have any recommendations for me, pass them on! I'm halfway through my current novel and ready for some more good fiction or non-fiction.

     
  • At 6:18 PM, Blogger BlueAdagio said…

    Okay this book has nothing to do with looking at life differently or any of that...but it's fun. It's called InkHeart by Cornelia Funke. (I like her name...it's sort of pretty meets stinky...haha) Anyhow, I read the book over Christmas break. Pretty easy reading. I was actually annoyed a little with her writing style. Not my favorite. But her idea that characters from a book could enter our real world and vice versa we could enter a fairytaile was intriguing to me. I actually the sequel InkSpell out here in Utah with me. My mother says it's a little darker than the first...probably cause someone dies...I think, not sure...haven't read it yet. I've been toon busy. But if you want some real world fantasty you may enjoy it. (Hey Caroline, I actually thought of telling you about this book back at Christmas time cause I know you enjoy majical realism but I wasn't sure if you could get past the poor writing style...then again, maybe I'm the only one that doesn't like it her writing...even though I did enjoy the book.) Well, that's my thought.

     
  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger wilmawhipple said…

    Thanks, Cass! I remember you telling me about that book before, but I couldn't remember what it was called. I will have to put it on my list!

     

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