After talking with a friend the other day, I got off the phone and thought: “She needs to read.” It’s a great way to get your mind off things, for sure, and to touch something deep, and to be entertained. And as important — to learn new stuff. I love new stuff. The world is so big and complicated and interesting. All this brain food feeds the head and heart, and before you know it, the world starts guiding you places without your having to do a thing but turn a page.
Soon after, she emailed me asking for book recommendations. Here’s what I put together for her.
I am a nonfiction girl, but there’s one fiction book I read this year that actually made me cry (in a good way). Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons. Last time a book made me cry was Charlotte’s Web, when I was in 4th grade. This book also made my mom cry.
I found this novel engrossing/clever: Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
The following read with the ease of fiction — they’re not brainy at all!!!!
If you want to laugh, definitely read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. In fact, recently, I was desperate for a funny book, so I did an online search of best funny books, and this book came up on list after list.
Historian David McCullough is one of the few–maybe only–people who make history come alive. He writes wonderfully. This is one of my all-time favorite of his books — 1776. The title might make you think it’s hokey and that you already know all you need to know on the subject. But you read this and think, “Why didn’t they teach this in history class?!” It made me love this country and realize why George Washington really was a hero.
I couldn’t put this one down!!! You don’t have to be a history geek to think it’s incredible: Manhunt: The 12-day chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson.
Now, nonfiction that’s great, although you won’t read these at a single sitting.
Definitely worth a read for moms of teenage girls: Deborah Tannen’s You’re Wearing THAT? (Mothers and Daughters in Conversation). She’s written several best-sellers about communication/communication styles. Her first was about men and women.
Although the library may have this book–BUY IT. It is fascinating. I’ve highlighted just about every page. It was actually recommended in our Social Media class, but it doesn’t have anything to do with social media. The first chapter drags a bit, but when you see where he’s going with the information, you’ll understand why it’s there. Where good ideas come from by Stephen Johnson.
Although Malcolm Gladwell is known for best-sellers like The Tipping Point and Outliers, my favorite is What the Dog Saw. I always learn so much from his work, and he’s an entertaining writer.
This should get you started!