Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Few Good Books for Labor Day

While three-day-weekends have a special place in my heart next to puppies and palm trees, Labor day always brings a bit of bitter with the sweet as the official end of Summer. Fortunately I now live in a city where Summer means foggy mornings and September and October generally have sunnier skies so I'm not feeling as bad for myself as I normally do at August's end. I'm staying local this weekend but if you are off to the beach or the pool for one last taste of the good life I imagine you might need a good read! I posted my good book list a couple months ago and happily received great comments with recommendations on what to add to my own kindle list. As a result I read some amazing books and I wanted to pass on a new list of faves. I'm running low on ideas these days so if you have any new "best books" to suggest, please please leave them in the comments!

Here are my recent favorites...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins --- I am not one to read the "it" book of the month but this one was just SO worth it. The Hunger Games is the first of three books about characters living in a grim futuristic world where members of districts are forced into a multi day wildnerness arena and have to fight to the death to provide their district with food. People - DON'T LAUGH! I know it sounds corny and lame but this book is AMAZING -- it will draw you in! I'm on book three and Nic is on book two and we are eagerly awaiting the movies to come. Give it a shot!

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper - Wow. A couple of you recommended this book and anything by this author in my last book list post and I want to wholeheartedly THANK YOU! I loved this book, I loved the characters and I loved how it played out like a movie in my head. This is a great book.

The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper - Hmm... do I like Jonathan Tropper? Yes, I'd say so. After reading "This is Where I Leave You" I didn't think Tropper could create another set of such distinctive and realistic characters but he did it in this book. Small town kid grows up to be famous author and has to return to town to face bullies and a-holes that he villainized in his book. Secrets unfold, punches are thrown, jokes are made --- it's a great read.

Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton - My friend Lizzy recommended this great book written by the chef and creator of New York's "Prune" restaurant in the East village. She writes beautifully about food, becoming a bad ass chef, stealing money as a waitress and going to grad school for a masters in writing. She is very honest, her stories are captivating and her descriptions of food might make you salivate!

Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson - If you are a history or adventure book buff then check this one out! This is the non-fiction story of a group of diving fanatics from all walks of life who came together in a life changing and deathly adventure to find and identify a previously undiscovered sunken Nazi U-boat off the coast of New Jersey. If you like Jon Krakauer books check this one out.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - This is a great book that my friend Lucy and a few other recommended that I actually listened to as an audiobook on my ipad. The narrator is a dog owned by a race car driver and the story is heartwarming, funny and entertaining. Try it out!

Ok people - WHAT HAVE YOU GOT FOR ME??? I need some new recs! I heard Cutting For Stone? Thoughts? Other books?


  1. I am so happy you liked "This is where I leave you"! I also read "Book of Joe." It's super good.

    Okay - a few more -

    "Free Food for Millionaires" by Min Jin Lee. I read this a few years ago and loved it. I wish it had gotten more press - but it's a really fascinating book about a young Korean woman.

    "Sit, Ubu, Sit" by Gary David Goldberg. A memoir by the TV writer who created "Family Ties" and "Spin City". Short and funny and a great look inside Hollywood.

    "Commencement" by J. Courtney Sullivan. About a group of friends who went to college together at Smith. Really interesting take on female friendships.

    "Wendy and the Lost Boys". This is a biography of Wendy Wasserstein, the playwright. I liked it in particular because I'm in theater, but I think it's just a really fascinating look at her life and would be interesting to anyone.

    a couple of others -
    "this book will save your life" by a.m. homes
    "imperfect birds" by anne lamott

  2. Cutting for Stone is excellent! The best book I've read all summer is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is an incredible true story and I learned so much from the book. I am still thinking about it three weeks after I finished it. The other great book I read this summer was The Commitment by Dan Savage. It is hilarious. Also for fiction, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger is sort of eerie and riveting and very well-written.

    Thanks for these other recommendations, and I still really want to read Bossypants!

  3. In the midst of "Let the Great World Spin" by Colum McCann, complex and captivating as one of the blurb says -- makes me just want to sit and read!

  4. THANK YOU THANK YOU! Really appreciate the suggestions and I will add these all!