This week’s question comes from Nise’ at Under the Boardwalk who asks:
What book or books do you find yourself recommending over and over?
This is simultaneously an easy question and a hard question. For a book recommendation to be worthwhile, it has to fit the needs of the person asking for the recommendation. For example, I wouldn’t recommend the same book to Mr. Jenners that I would recommend to my mom … they are two very different readers. Plus so much depends on your mood and what you are looking to read at the moment.
So I thought I would take this question and break it down into specific categories and the books I would recommend in those categories. I was going to do this in one big post and had just put the finishing touches on it when f@$#ing Blogger deleted 3/5ths of the post that I had worked on for over an hour. This put me in a Very Bad Mood, and I’m NOT going to recreate the post tonight. Instead, I’ll present the three categories that Blogger didn’t delete, and I’ll do three more categories each week until I run out of categories. (I figure this will take me through the summer nicely.)
If you’re looking for big, long epic tales that will sweep you away, I’d recommend:
If you’re looking for worthwhile “bathroom” books, I’d recommend:
- Overheard in New York: Conversations from the Streets, Stores, and Subways by S. Morgan Friedman and Michael Malice
- More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman
- Triumph of the Straight Dope by Cecil Adams
- Our Dumb World or Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of the Onion or any Onion book for that matter by Editors of the Onion
- PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives or any of the other PostSecret books by Frank Warren
If you’re looking for top-notch collections of short stories or essays, I’d recommend:
- Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by Michael Chabon
- Books by David Sedaris, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Naked
- State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey
- Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs
And be sure to leave YOUR recommendations for books in these categories in the comments below. I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations!
For next week, I’ll share my recommendations for thrillers, women’s fiction, and memoirs that don’t deal with drug and alcohol abuse.
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