AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT….
Posted January 5, 2013on:
Due in large part to the stupefying election coverage that wavered between absolute stupidity and unchallenged lies, the need to “escape” was paramount to maintaining a degree of sanity that could only be found in losing myself in good book.
For no other reason I have compiled a list of those books that captured my imagination and offered hours of pleasure apart from the “noise” of pols and pundits who crowded the airwaves with a “whole lot of nothing”.
1. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
2. Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
3. Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
4. The Child’s Child by Ruth Rendell (writing as Barbara Vine)
5. A Perfectly Good Family by Lionel Shriver
6. Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
7. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
8. The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacha
9. The Playdate by Louise Millar
10. The Racketeer by John Gresham
11. The Lighthouse by Alison Moore
12. The St. Zita Society by Ruth Rendell
13. Faith: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh
14. Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
15. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
16. A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
17. Annie Dunne by Sebastian Barry
18. Mission Flats by William Landay
19. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
20. The Entire Insp. Banks Series by Peter Robinson
1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
3. Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch
4. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
5. Unraveling Anne by Laurel Saville
1. The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin
2. It’s Even Worse Than it Looks by Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein
3. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
4. Drift by Rachel Maddow
5. Idiot America by Charles P. Pierce
6. The Obamas by Jodi Kantor
7. The New Deal by Michael Grunwald
1. Hello Gorgeous by Wm. J. Mann (Barbara Streisand)
2. Untouchable by Randall Sullivan (Michael Jackson)
Having a Kindle has increased my reading habits for some reason. With almost immediate access to any book out there, plus having more time on my hands when I could be doing something more “productive”, makes it possible to go through a book or two weekly as a defense against the “reality” of watching the nation disintegrate under the current leadership.
Being a member of a monthly Book Club adds to the interest as we all make contributions for selecting a book that appeals to the group for discussion. Most of the time we manage to hit a “home run”. Occasionally we “strike out”.
Reading is and always has been my “escape”. It may be that I will find myself “escaping” more this next year judging from the mess in congress that seems to be offering more of the same.
Whatever. I have my Kindle and Amazon has my number.
It’s as good as it gets.
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