1. THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER by Kim Edwards
I cannot recommend this book highly enough...it is unflinching in it's
analysis of how one lie...one event...can alter the course of a family's
2. SNOW by Orhan Pamuk
Pamuk is a turkish author and the recent recipient of a great deal of
attention because of his constant harassment by the turkish government for
writing stuff deemed "insulting to the turkish state"...whatever...this guy
is amazing...and for me his stories are universal in their sensitivity and
3. TALK TALK and DROP CITY both by T.C. Boyle
No, I don't just like this guy because he uses two initials for his first
name. I have been a fan of Boyle's for years...his take on society is fresh
and unique...as if that weird guy who always sits in the corner of the bar
was a world class author...that would be Boyle.
4. THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT by Alan Furst
Furst is a very well-known "espionage" writer...but I also love him for his
incredible attention to the details of whatever locale he is writing
about...almost always Europe just before and during the second world
war...his plot-lines are compelling as well...a high-end guilty pleasure.
5. HOWL by Alan Ginsberg
Have you ever read it? Then stop laughing and go pick up a copy and be amazed.