Recently I've received some requests for book recommendations. Easy, I thought, but it was exactly the opposite; a list of good books can go on and on and on when you get to thinking about it. How to choose? But I managed to slim this list down to twelve, because twelve books will keep anyone busy for a decent chunk of time. (A note: I've linked to Amazon in this list, but of course, also check your library!) So here goes:
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.
Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
Tooth and Claw by T.C. Boyle.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel.
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss.
and last but not least, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.