Another one of those posts multiple bloggers are doing, and well, you know how much I like to try to fit in!
One book that changed your life.
Alyson Hagy’s Keeneland. This was the first book I wrote a review of, emailed to other people, etc. It was the book that began the Emerging Writers Network.
One book that you’ve read more than once.
The Great Brain by John Fitzgerald. I have rarely re-read books as an adult, but read many titles seemingly hundreds of times while growing up. This was one I recall reading a frightening amount of times. One I can actually cite having re-read as an adult, Orwell’s Animal Farm.
One book you’d want on a desert island.
Once again, I’ll go literary heathen here and pass on the Shakespeare collected works most would hope to have. I think I’d hope to have a copy of T.C. Boyle: Stories. It would keep me entertained, happy and amazed all at once.
One book that made you laugh.
If it hits you right, John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunces is the funniest book in the world. If it doesn’t, you think people like me are out of our minds.
One book that made you cry.
Sections of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure pulled that trick off. Having two very young children at the time seems to have been the impetus.
One book that you wish had been written.
I sincerely wish Breece D’J Pancake would have held off on putting that rifle into his mouth and continued writing brilliant short stories and maybe even a novel or two.
One book that you wish had never been written.
Tuesdays With Morrie. I have not read it, so cannot comment on how good it really is. I just happen to find the author of the book an extremely smug individual, and the fact that the success of this little book has lofted him on to the national (and I assume international) reading public is a bit much for me to handle.
One book you’re currently reading.
Michael Martone’s The Flatness and Other Landscapes, which made two recent long drives, one from Ann Arbor to Pittsburgh through Ohio, and one from Detroit to Milwaukee, through Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, a tad more interesting for me – the scenery, the businesses, and especially the different state’s welcome centers.
One book you’ve been meaning to read.
David Long’s novel, The Daughters of Simon Lamoreaux. And now that I also have his new one, The Inhabited World, in my hot little hands – I will get to it soon.