· one outstanding book about happiness or habits
· one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit
· one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone
I’ll post these recommendations here, or to make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for the monthly Book Club newsletter.
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An outstanding book about happiness or, more specifically, habits:
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
An outstanding children’s book:
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Understood Betsy
An eccentric pick:
Wayne Koestenbaum, Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon
I’ve noticed that many times, when someone describes a book to me, I want to read it less. And often, weirdly, the better a book is, the worse it sounds. So I won’t describe these books, but I love all the books I recommend; I’ve read them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely loved. I do provide slightly more context in the book club newsletter.
If you read last month’s recommendations…what did you think? Laurie Colwin’s Family Happiness; Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth (which my nine-year-old daughter is reading aloud to me now); and Eugene Delacroix’s Journal. Such good books.