Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
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What to read next is every book lover's greatest dilemma. Nancy Pearl comes to the rescue with this wide-ranging and fun guide to the best reading new and old. Pearl, who inspired legions of litterateurs with "What If All (name the city) Read the Same Book," has devised reading lists that cater to every mood, occasion, and personality. These annotated lists cover such topics as mother-daughter relationships, science for nonscientists, mysteries of all stripes, African-American fiction from a female point of view, must-reads for kids, books on bicycling, "chick-lit," and many more. Pearl's enthusiasm and taste shine throughout.
throat. Byrd has also written outstanding biographical novels about Presidents Jefferson and Jackson. Two writers have tried to contain the great abolitionist and rabble-rouser John Brown within the confines of a novel with some degree of success, if only because the books are so well written. Read them together, because no single interpretation or point of view can do John Brown justice, if justice he deserves: Russell Banks’s Cloudsplitter, told from the point of view of Owen Brown, John’s son,
A Mys Tery 11 9 Carolyn Hart’s The Christie Caper (bookstore owner) BOOK lUsT 12 0 and small around the world, including Los Angeles, Oxford, Amsterdam, New York, and Hong Kong. The best part about the best police procedurals series is that readers come to know a diverse cast of characters who grow and develop from book to book. Two grand masters of the procedural are Georges Simenon and Ed McBain. I find that readers either love or hate the Maigret novels by Simenon. If you’re interested in
personal essays, as well as In Revere, in Those Days, another family saga of growing up Italian American. One of my favorite memoirs of growing up Italian in America is Were You Always an Italian? Ancestors and Other Icons of Italian America, BOOK lUsT 13 0 in which Maria Laurino describes her life from childhood in New Jersey to her marriage. (The title comes from a question that Governor Mario Cuomo asked the author.) Two excellent collections are The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women
set during the same time period on New York’s Lower East Side is Michael Gold’s Jews Without Money, a political novel that goes a long way toward explaining the radicalism of the first and second generation of immigrant families. Henry Roth’s Call It Sleep, originally published in 1934 and written in stream-of-consciousness style, takes the reader inside the mind of a young boy grappling with adulthood—intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically. One of the iconic novels exploring Jewish
fills us in on salt’s piquant history. While The Basque History of the World is basically a straightforward analysis of the history and culture of a small area in the Pyrenees that overlaps the border between France and Spain and has been the scene of an ongoing independence struggle for what seems to be centuries, Kurlansky offers so many digressions and side trips (including recipes) that you barely realize how much you’re learning. Kurlansky also edited a delightful compendium: Choice Cuts: A