Since many of us are in social isolation mode, I have found myself doing a lot more reading recently than I usually do, and wanted to share with my readers a couple of my recent favorites. If you enjoy non-fiction, I highly recommend the following two books: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, and Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man who Would Cure The World. Offering profiles of two very different people who utilize science to help plants in the first book (you will never look at a tree the same way after reading this book) and in the second book to help the poor people of Haiti, as well as the rest of the world, these books are inspiring, informative, as well as potentially life changing.
In the fiction category, I found four authors whose writing style as well as story telling abilities has motivated me to search out other of their works for future reading. First is the book by Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow, which has been on the bestseller list for over a year, and deservedly so. Reading it, you will meet some characters who will stay with you long after the story is finished, along with a brilliant plot twist ending. The second, Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger, is both a mystery story as well as an insightful look into small town life in Minnesota. The third is Richard Russo’s Chances Are, the story of three college students, all of whom were in love with the same classmate who disappeared mysteriously upon graduation, reuniting over thirty years later on Cape Cod attempting to resolve long buried feelings as well as searching for what happened to the woman they all loved. Last, but not least, is Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, eight short stories exploring family life in the brilliant way she pioneered in her introductory novel, the Namesake.
I invite you to share your favorite books and authors in order to allow us to expand our own reading horizons.