My ex boyfriend dubbed us the Page Turner Girls, though I was always partial to Dick Army (that was my great, unused, all-female rock band name…look, it needs to be used); either way, I’ve been in a book club for the past seven or so years and we have read ourselves some books. Fiction, truth, short, long, good, bad: from Traci Lords to John Steinbeck, we’re reading ’em. Our unanimous favorites in no partic order:
- The Secret History: debauched students studying the Greek classics play with fire, get burned. One of my all time faves.
- The Poisonwood Bible: a sort of Heart of Darkness, but with female protagonists.
- Grapes of Wrath: we chose this one – a sad, graceful story about power, justice, home, family – the night before September 11th.
- The Lovely Bones: damn, this was one moving story. Horrifying and beautiful at once.
- Shantaram: a behemoth of a story about a man running from his past who ends up India…and finds himself in the process.
- The Glass Castle: you thought your parents were crazy? Jeanette Walls probably has you beat in this jaw-in-lap autobiography.
- We Have Always Lived In The Castle: disturbing and delightful. An offbeat classic, one of those rare gems you stumble across.
- Fahrenheit 451: one of my fave authors. Every word is where it should be. A cautionary tale about censorship and so much more.
- The Time Traveler’s Wife: a romance in reverse. Readable yet chock full of challenging concepts, and ultimately very touching.
- The True History of the Kelly Gang: a supremely well-written tale about Australia’s favorite folk hero.
- The Dirt: don’t laugh – it’s the Motley Crue autobio. Profane, crazy, terrible…rock n roll!
This list doesn’t begin to touch a lot of the genre writing I like; the Page Turners are mostly scifi/fantasy phobic and leery of historical fiction…which I am trying to change. Mwa ha ha.
What about you? Do you have books to recommend? I’d love to hear – and read – ’em!