What to read – updated

Book recommendations over at CCX.Here, I’ll just post what I wrote over there:Glancing at my bookshelf, recent reads I’ve enjoyed include Ann Patchett’s The Magician’s Assistant and her Bel Canto, sweet-sad people stories; J.R. Moehringer‘s memoir about liquor, literature and growing up fatherless, The Tender Bar, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, which is a graphic novel about growing up in revolutionary Iran (sounds weird, but it totally works); No Touch Monkey by Ayun Halliday, which is a collection of exotic travels-gone-awry stories told with down-to-earth Hoosier humor combined with a dry New York wit.I also agree with The Poisonwood Bible recommendation… anything by Richard RussoI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith? It’s gloriously romantic, yet not sappy; sweet and original. If you like Jane Austen, you’d love this. Also on the charmingly romantic tip, Chocolat by Joanne Harris. Her newer book, Gentlemen and Players, is an intriguing character-driven mystery that I quite enjoyed.Neil Gaiman is an amazing writer; so is Michael Chabon. The book Good Omens, by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is hilarious and a favorite:”The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems–the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.”

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