Saturday, January 6, 2018

Summer 2018 Reading List

I begin with History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund.  This interesting tale of a young girl who befriends Lily and a new history teacher at her school, Mr. Grierson.  As the lives of these characters spiral into a dark time, Linda tries to deal with what is going on in her life.  Short-listed for the Booker Prize, this promises to be a suspenseful ride in the northern woods.  John Banville, winner of a Booker prize, starts off the year with his latest novel, Mrs. OsmondBanville’s novels are always serious explorations of people and their struggles through life.  He always delivers a great story.
 I recently reviewed my first encounter with Elena Ferrante, and next I am going to tackle what some call her masterpiece, My Brilliant FriendThis bildungsroman is sure to capture your attention with some interesting characters.  When I watched The Gilmore Girls on Netflix, I developed a crush on Lauren Graham, so I decided to read her novel, Some Day, Someday, Maybe.  I am now watching her on Parenthood, so this should be a fun read.

I recently acquired a new novel from Algonquin 
Books of Chapel Hill, which always seem to rise to the top of my TBR.  Samantha Mabry’s novel, All the Wind in the World, will, I believe, continue the amazing parade of authors from this fine press.  I have never been disappointed by Algonquin.  Orhan Pamuk, the Nobel Prize winning Turkish writer, has come out with The Red-Haired WomanThis is the story of some well-diggers, who meet the woman of the title, and it has a dramatic effect on their lives.

 Two titles of philosophy have been hanging around my desk for long enough.  This year I will get to Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright.  I have skimmed some of the pages, and this appears to be a thought-provoking excursion into the workings of an ancient and interesting philosophy.  Another work I have been trying to get to is Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell.  I have actually started reading this several times, but I realized I need a good chunk of quiet time for this work.

 Our book club unanimously approved and thoroughly enjoyed A Man Called Ove, so I am going to try Fredrik Backman’s.  Trusted members of the club have already read it and it is getting rave reviews.  I have moved several of Margaret Drabble’s novels to the fore, and her latest, The Dark Flood Rises looks to be another literary masterpiece.

I always keep an eye out for new titles by The New York Review of Books.  They are doing wonderful work reviewing some obscure or forgotten novelists from the past.  Blood Dark by Louis Guilloux is a story of a philosopher struggling to maintain his sanity in a small provincial town.  This novel was considered a masterpiece by Gide, Malraux, Camus, and Pasternak.  What a set of recommendations!

Finally, I will resume my survey of the Brontës with Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë.  This was her second of only two novels she wrote.  To finish this list for 2018, I want to read a memoir by Rick BraggAll over but the Shoutin’.  This pile should keep me busy well into the new year. 

If you have a title you would like to recommend, email me through the website.  Happy Reading, and have a marvelous year of books!

--Chiron, 12/6/17

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