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Book Recommendations from Some of Our Guests

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 03:31 PM

Looking for a good book to read? We've asked some Lopate Show guests what great books they've read lately, and here's what they've told us:

The Hare With Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal
    - Andrew Bolton, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
    - Josh Ritter, singer-songwriter and novelist

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville and Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
    - John Cullum, actor

 

Sunset Park, by Paul Auster
    -John Turturro, actor

Saints and Sinners, by Edna O’Brien
    - Gabriel Byrne, actor

An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin
    - Tina Fey, actor, writer, author of Bossypants

Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, and Hard Times, by Charles Dickens
    - Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid

Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace, and Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
    - John Larroquette, actor

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
    - Daniel Sullivan, director

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
    - Hamish Linklater, actor

The Lovers, by Vendela Vida
    - Mamie Gummer, actress

The Road Less Travelled, by M. Scott Peck
    - Dick Van Dyke, actor, comedian, writer

Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen, and The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
    - Sarah Vowell, author

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
    - Gabrielle Hamilton, chef

Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee
    - T. C. Boyle, novelist

Suicide, by Edward Leve
    -Zadie Smith, novelist

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Comments [8]

S. Brown from Staten Island, NY

Definitely agree with Judith Krauss on her recommendations of New York, The Novel and The Book Thief.
I would like to add two more:West of Here by Jonathan Evison and In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Both definitely woth the read.

Sep. 07 2011 10:23 PM
Linda Jones

Re: list of books recommended by guests: I never realized that John Larroquette was an actress. Now THAT'S acting.

Sep. 06 2011 08:52 PM
Norma Rossi from New Jersey

No book I have read recently has had the impact that "Open City" by Teju Cole has had on me. A friend of mine and I read the book and decided to go through it together chapter by chapter once a week till we are done. There is hardly a book I can remember that is so erudite. We share looking up so much music, art and literature mentioned throughout the book; we are learning so much.

Sep. 06 2011 08:11 PM
evelyn schlesinger from Forest Hills,NY

Jonathan Safran Foer's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" tells the story of the effects of 9/11 through the eyes of a nine-year old boy. An extraordinary child, he keeps his secret of his father's desperate calls on that fatal day from his mother. I fell in love with him and with the novel.

Sep. 06 2011 06:39 PM
Judith Krauss from New York City

I emphatically agree with the recommendation of Hare with the Amber Eyes - fascinating - reads like a novel but filled with fantastic information.
Just finished New York The Novel by Edward Rutherford - couldn't put it down
Recent favorite - The Book Thief - didn't want it to end.

Sep. 06 2011 05:59 PM
Bill Zavatsky from Manhattan

Looking through your website, Leonard, I've come to an overwhelming question: Doesn't ANYBODY read poetry any more? I mean, of course, new books by living poets, but I might just as well mean Keats, Mayakovsky, Pavese, Dickinson, Whitman, etc. Does a book of poems stand a chance in this system of best sellers and celebrity picks? All the best, Bill

Sep. 06 2011 03:03 PM
Tim Young from Manhattan

I've just finished two amazing novels which I found on vacation in Vermont at the Northshire book store in Manchester Center.

First 'Alligator' by Lisa Moore about a young girl eco-terrorist & her family set in Canada. Unforgettable characters.

Next, 'The Forgery of Venus' a mindblower of desperate painting and emotions, written by the wonderful Michael Gruber.

Sep. 06 2011 11:37 AM
Elizabeth F. Kramer from Eastchester, N.Y.

Disgrace by J.M. Coetze is a well written
slice of life of life out of South Africa. It's view is chillingly dark.

If I may be so bold to recommend a book, it
would be the novel Help by Katheryn
Stockett.
NPR wrote, "This could be one of the most important works of fiction since To Kill a
Mockingbird...". I read this & purchased the book.
The book deals with Mississippi in the 1950's, where life for a certain class of whites included the household services of
a black Mammy. This book takes a wonder
fully brave twist on this lifestyle.

Aug. 09 2011 03:28 PM

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