Recommended Books


I enjoy sharing good books, so many of my favorites have been lent to others. The titles below currently overfill my shelves and I’m delighted to recommend them. Feel free to drop in and look for your next bedtime read. My latest recommendations will be added to the bottom of the list.

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel  – by Jeanette Walls

The Glass Castle – by Jeanette Walls – autobiography

Crazy For The Storm – by Norman Ollestad – autobiography

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – by Ishmael Beah

Still Alice – by Lisa Genova – Fiction

The Art Lover – by Carole Maso – Autobiography

Novice Mourner – by Joshua McKinney – Poetry

Swimming The Mirror: Poems for My Daughter – by Brad Buchanan

Joe’s Rain – by Quinton Duval – Poetry

The Specialist – by Chic Sale – Folk Humor

Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country – by Louise Erdrich – Travel/Autobiography

Stop Time – by Frank Conroy – Autobiography

Three Cups of Tea – by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin – Non Fiction/Autobiography

A Thousand Splendid Suns – by Khaled Hosseini – Fiction

The Kite Runner – by Khaled Hosseini – Fiction

The Poisonwood Bible – by Barbara Kingsolver – Fiction

The Gravedigger – by Peter Grandbois – Fiction

Red Strangers – by Elspeth Huxley – Fiction

Half of a Yellow Sun – by Chimama Adichie – Fiction

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan – by Lisa See – Fiction

A Thousand Acres – by Jane Smiley – Fiction

The Brain That Changes Itself – by Norman Doidge, M.D. – Non Fiction

The Synonym Finder – by J. I. Rodale –  The ultimate Reference book for finding the right word

Rascal – by Sterling North – Autobiographic novel for young readers, but I still love to read it;

All Over But The Shoutin’ – by Rick Bragg – Autobiography

Lucky Unlucky Days – by Daniel Grandbois – amazing Poetry that must be read out loud

The Help – by Katheryn Stockett – Period Fiction (early 1960’s)

Up Island – by Anne Rivers Siddons – Fiction

Eleanor, Eleanor, Not Your Real Name – by Kathryn Cowles – Poetry

Still In Soil – by Kyle Torke – Poetry

Breaking The Fever – By Mary Mackey – Poetry

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – by Annie Dillard – Autobiography; prose/poetry. This is one of my must-read-every-couple-of-years books.

The Forgotten Garden – by Kate Morton – Fiction

Infidel – by Ayaan Hirsi Ali – Autobiography

Half the Sky – by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn – Non-fiction

From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava – Biography by Jay Kopelman and Melinda Roth

Prodigal Summer: A Novel – Fiction by Barbara Kingsolver

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived – by Ralph Helfer – Biography

Saving Fish From Drowning – by Amy Tan – Fiction

Middlesex – by Jeffrey Eugenides – Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winner

Looking Like the Enemy – by Mary Matsuda Gruenwald – Memoir of Japanese-American Internment

Fall On Your Knees – by Anne Marie MacDonld – epic novel

Until Tuesday – by Luis Carlos Montalvan – Non-Fiction – American soldier and his service dog

Shiva Dancing – by Bharti Kirchner – Cross cultural Novel

Miracles – Non-Fiction Stories of Healing – by Bernie Siegel

End The Silence – WWII Memoir – by Dorothy Read and Ilse Smit

Listen – Fiction – by Molly Larsen Cook

Until Tuesday – Non Fiction by Luis Montalvan

By The Lake – Fiction – by John McGahern

The Love Isreal Family – Non Fiction – by Charles LeWarne

Cancer Is a Funny Thing – Memoir – by Marie de Haan

‘Tis – Memoir – by Frank McCourt

Bring Down The Chandeliers – Poetry – by Tara Hardy

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2 responses to “Recommended Books

  1. I have the Pilgrim of Tinker Creek on the pile of ‘To be read” books. I’m glad to see its on someone’s favorite/recommended reading. I can’t wait for my short break to come so i can read more.

    • For me, Pilgrim at TC is something I read in small bits, because each bit is so rich with language, thought and the most remarkable observations of nature. It takes me several months of ‘dipping in’ to read it from cover to cover, and for some reason, I need a blanket, a couch and a good hot cup of tea as well. It’s a winter-reading book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it immensely.

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