This is totally subjective, but below is a list of 10 books that I have found memorable. I enjoy reading and am frequently overwhelmed by all the choices so I rely on good friends to steer me into safe harbor. If you have any books you’d like to add, please feel free. The virtual bookshelf is unlimited.
Super Sad True Love Story— Gary Shteyngart. This is fiction, but everything in it is coming true! Gary must be some sort of supernatural being with an incredible agent.
Let the Great World Spin — Colum McCann. Story and characters so beautifully crafted that I ached when I finished it. … or maybe it was just jealousy? Writing that appears effortless is anything but.
The Corrections –Jonathan Franzen. The funk in dysfunctional families always makes for a great story.
Middlesex — Jeffrey Eugenides. I wasn’t a fan of The Virgin Suicides, so I’m glad I read Middlesex first. Skip the Virgins and go with the hermaphrodites is what I always say.
Zeitoun — Dave Eggers. Non-fiction, but unbelievable in a way that will leave you shaking with anger.
The Zookeeper’s Wife — Diane Ackerman. Also non-fiction, but an incredibly brave and believable story.
Bossypants — Tina Fey. I wanted to grow up to be Tina Fey, but didn’t know how. So she deserves to be the Boss of Me. No hard feelings though, and if she ever reads my blog I know we will be BFFs.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay — Michael Chabon. Chabon is an excellent story-teller, and I was sad to finish this one. The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a close second.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao — Junot Diaz. I had never read anything like this before, and that’s the minimum standard for awesomeness. Plus, dude is a Rutger’s grad from home-state where we need more Pulitzer Prize winners to counteract all those reality TV characters who DO NOT represent the real NJ.
Hell — Robert Olen Butler. Everybody had their own version of Hell, don’t they? This was a recommendation of the very literary Dr. Blog, who has never steered me wrong (pretty decent record since she’s been recommending books to me for more than 30 years).