Listed in alphabetical order by author. If you are interesting in finding out more about any book, or wish to purchase the book, I have linked each title directly to Amazon.com. There you will find other reviews and information. I have researched the differences between Amazon and Barnes & Noble online, and I have my reasons for recommending purchases made with Amazon:
Yes, they are based in Seattle, and they have a large amount invested
in Kozmo.com, where Sean works.
If anyone would like to contribute a list of their favorite books, with a brief explanation, I would be more than happy to post it here!
P.S. I have linked to the Amazon page with the lowest-cost version of that book. If you would rather have hardcover, or in some cases, the larger paperback version, those options are available from the page I am linking you to!
And here we go....
These are listed in order, because they are about the same characters, two sisters, mainly, and the family and friends that they effect. They are light-hearted and funny, and they span decades.
Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day...
This book was very familiar to me as it reminded me of Pearl by Tabitha King. A sort of feel-good story of a woman who is HIV+ and stops by to visit her sister in a small town before making a major move from Atlanta to San Francisco. But things happen that change her mind about leaving...
master voice of Generation X himself. Generation X is full of
bumper-sticker quality sayings in the margins. I borrowed it from
Susan years ago (Andy got it for her) and ended up losing it like
hard to discuss this book because it is still so fresh in my mind
I may gush on forever! It involves a family of eight - four boys
and twin girls - being raised in small-town Camas, Washington
by their very mormon mother and ex could-have-been-pro
baseball playing dad. It spans the decades of the 50's, 60's and
70's as narrated by Kincaid, one of the younger boys. It's so
immense and chock full of drama, life, and baseball statistics,
I can't even begin to tell you the plot, since it holds so many
plots over so much time. Let's just say it's one of those books
you end up telling everyone to read once you've read it.
still can't believe this woman is a sports writer (Dad,
have you heard of her?).
of a Geisha
For those few of you who haven't been amazed by this book already, I thought I'd list it. One of the many books I simply could not put down until it was finished. A great learning experience as well! [See more reviews on the Amazon page that's linked!]
Ursula Hegi's most popular book is Stones From the River, about a young dwarf girl growing up in pre-Nazi Germany, but I enjoyed all three of these books. Floating in my Mother's Palm includes some of the same characters from Stones From the River.
Prayer for Owen Meany
I bought this book for Marilyn Manson in 1997 (I met him at the University Bookstore in Seattle). It's hard to describe what this book means to me, as I read it during a snow storm while living in London, Ontario. I've met many people who also hold this book near their hearts. My husband, Sean, couldn't even get past the first chapter. Then, of course, there's the movie "Simon Birch" that was sorta-quasi based on the story, which also ruined it for many readers (which is why I refuse to see the movie). I can only say that you love it or hate it, which is fitting for most John Irving fans. I also read The Cider House Rules, and though there are many that consider it one of his best works, I found it depressing - therefore I have avoided that recent movie as well.
The Liar's Club is one of those books that is so crazy you tend to forget that it's a true memoir - it reads like a wacko novel. Cherry is new and I haven't read it yet, but I look forward to it!
Tabitha King. As you will note on the Amazon page, the books all
received 4-5 stars each. And they are all on back order and hard
to find. I still have no idea why these books just didn't fare
as well as they should have. I first read One on One on our "honeymoon"
and unfortunately for Sean, couldn't put it down! Turns out that
all three of these books are about the same characters in a small
Maine town. I have listed them in my recommended order, although
it's not necessary. There are other books as well, based on other
people in this fictional town, but these three shine above the
others. If I had to recommend just one book on this whole page,
it's Pearl. It's an easy read, full of action, laughing, crying,
crime, mystery, and characters so real you can touch them.
: A Novel
Such a fun read! I think I read the whole thing in one sitting. A coming-of-age novel set in the 80's with a boy dealing with his parents whom he is not allowed to call Mom or Dad (for fear that they'll look old to each other), insane grandparents, retainer stories, Mormon bus trips, and a dentist who can change his life.
one is SO hard to explain! Wicked really is the true life
story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, told from her
birth through, well, we all know the end. Many parts seem as though
it were written by George Orwell, with animals who hold social
status as high as humans, until politics deem them to become work-animals
who are not allowed to dress or speak. Elphaba meets Glenda (you
know, Glenda) as her dorm roommate in college. It is part
fantasy, part politics, and all-colorful. It takes some work,
but it's worth it. A great gift idea for anyone who loves fantasy
novels.... or political science majors.
An assignment in Freshman English at UNLV - and one of the few assignments I was happy to read. The subject matter is difficult yet educational, as most Toni Morrison novels go. I would have also recommended The Bluest Eye, also by Morrison, but I've heard too many people complain about how harsh it was, so I'll leave that choice up to you. Any Toni Morrison book will be affecting.
Thanks to Kate at Kozmo.com for these! Quindlen does an excellent describing the intricacies of relationships and the effects of life's choices. Her stories don't end neat and tidy, but realistic. I look forward to reading the other books by her.
Life With Woodpecker
Cousin Scott in Palm Desert gave me this one, I don't know if I ever returned it (note: don't lend me a book unless you are sure you can live without it!). I wouldn't normally read this type of craziness, but now I'm glad I did. Unfortunately, I tried reading other Robbin's books after this one and didn't have the same luck. Perhaps I just like love stories about princesses in Seattle castles who have pyramids built for them.
For some strange reason, I have decided to watch this movie - this afternoon, actually. One of the many novels that kept me up all night until I finished. A family of three daughters and a difficult father on one thousand shared acres (minus one of the daughters who became an attorney) suffer the consequences when the father decided to give the daughters (and their husbands) the run of the farm. There are many sub-plots: affairs, children, death, money problems, illness. It made you want to live on a farm. Briefly.
I Don't Want to Live This Life
12, 1978, Nancy Spungeon was murdered, or so we believe. Nobody
really knows what happened that night in the Chelsea Hotel. Sid
Vicious, bassist for the punk band Sex Pistols, was arrested for
her stabbing death, but a few months later he was bailed out of
jail, and he promptly overdosed on heroin. He had sent a letter
to Nancy's mom, and one of the lines from that letter is: ...and
I don't want to live this life.