Looking for Something to Read?

Some recommedations from our staff

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

subway reading (Mo Riza/flickr)

The season for beach reading might be drawing to a close, but if you're looking for a good book to read, here are some recommendations from producers and contributors of the Lopate Show.

Barbara Cahn, contributing producer:

     Ann Leary's The Good House, and Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior. They were both very entertaining, and better than I expected them to be.

Casey Dalrymple, summer intern:

     Nova Express by William S. Burroughs. It's a follow-up to Naked Lunch, and an intense exploration of the nature of addiction and control, told in his signature cut-up style.

Virginia Dorris, contributing producer:

     Brewster, by Mark Slouka. A beautifully written story about a friendship between 2 boys coming of age in the lat 1960.

     Elsewhere, by Richard Russo. The novelist's moving memoir of his relationship with his troubled mother.

     The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud. The memorable story of an angry, unmarried schoolteacher.

     The Good House, by Ann Leary. Fascinating portrayal of a successful Cape Cod real estate agent with a serious alcohol addiction.

     A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. If you haven't read this one yet, as I hadn't until recently, don't wait any longer. It's laugh-out-loud funny.

Blakeney Schick, associate producer:

     I recently read Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, which I really enjoyed. There's something magical about the way she captures her perception as a child and mixes it with her knowledge as an adult. 

     I also read Bleak House one summer, which sounds crazy, but was actually great because I read it in larger chunks. It's a wonderful book, and it also helps that Dickens repeats certain things to situate the reader because it was originally published in serial. 


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Comments [2]

christian brechneff from new york new york

I was on Leonard`s show September 5th talking about my book. It would be great if you were to recommend : The Greek House The Story of a Painter`s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos. Thanks in advance, Christian Brechneff

Sep. 13 2013 11:44 AM

Recommend The Shenanigans of Time: A series of interconnected short stories in an almost cinematic way, like an Inarritu movie in which different families of immigrants are bound by a common fate. In her own work, the writer gives another dimension to what it means to be a "Desi" in the United States. The lives they leave behind in India, the relationship between the old and new generations and other cultural differences make this a unique collection of stories.

Sep. 12 2013 12:42 PM

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