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Some of my favorite ‘livingroom’ books.

A continuing list of books mentioned in a post: (A recommendation list follows)

American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

Ballerina Rosie by Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/december-giveaway-tony-danza-winner/?preview=true

I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had, My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/tony-danza-giveaway-contest/

Life Lessons From the Chocolate Factory…10 Rich, Satisfying Nuggets to Nibble On by Christopher Holl   http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/september-monthly-book-giveaway/

1,000 Places To See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/1000-places-to-see-before-you-die/

The Mouse and The Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/favorite-childhood-book/

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/yes-chef-by-marcus-samuelsson/

22 Brittania Road by Amanda Hodgkinson  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/book-giveaway-winner-for-june/

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/book-giveaway-winner-for-may/

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/fifty-shades-of-oh-my-goodness/

Wave by Suzy Lee  http://www.pleasureinsimplethings.com/jonathan-livingston/

Naturally, the best place to read a book.

Recommended:  From the books I have read in the last couple of years, these are not all the books I have read, but the ones I would recommend for others to read.  (The star means I was lucky enough to meet the author!)

  • Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
  • The Tennis Partner – Abraham Verghese
  • Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • Lady Bird and Lyndon – Betty Boyd Caroli
  • The Nest – Cynthis D’Aprix Sweeney
  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Col. Chris Hadfield
  • Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline
  • Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
  • Home is F*&^ing Burning:  A Memoir – Dan Marshall
  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • City on Fire – Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Neverhome – Laird Hunt
  • Five Days at Memorial – Sheri Fink
  • The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  • Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  • We Are Not Ourselves – Matthew Thomas
  • The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  • My Sunshine Away – M.O. Walsh
  • The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace – Jeff Hobbs
  • The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  • *The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  • *And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  • The Round House – Louise Erdrich
  • The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
  • The Whipping Club – Deborah Henry
  • The Paris Wife – Paula McLain
  • The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
  • *Wonder – R.J. Palacio
  • Gold – Chris Cleave
  • *The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
  • *American Dervish – Ayad Akhtar
  • *1,000 Places to See Before You Die – Patricia Schultz
  • *Little Princes – Connor Grennan
  • *Yes, Chef – Marcus Samuelsson
  • Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter – Melissa Francis
  • *The Shoemaker’s Wife – Adriana Trigiani
  • *State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
  • *22 Britannia Road – Amanda Hodgkinson
  • *I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • Crow Lake – Mary Lawson
  • Those Who Save Us – Jenna Blum
  • *The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet – Reif Larsen
  • April & Oliver – Tess Callahan
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • *Still Alice – Lisa Genova
  • *Let the World Spin – Colum McCann
  • Zeitoun – Dave Eggers
  • The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  • *Hotel On the Corner of Bitter & Sweet – Jamie Ford
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  • Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  • Sarah’s Key –  Tatiana de Rosnay
  • One Day – David Nicholls
  • Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind – Ann B. Ross
  • The Dress Maker of Khair Khana  – Gayle Tzemach Lemman
  • The Breakdown Lane – Jacquelyn Mitchaud
  • Secret Kept – Tatiana de Rosnay
  • *Snowflower & the Secret Fan – Lisa See
  • *Shanghai Girls – Lisa See
  • *Memories of Joy – Lisa See
  • Lost in Translation -Eva Hoffman
  • Unbroken – Laura Hillengrand
  • Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman
  • The Orchard – Theresa Weir
  • Q – Evan Mandry
  • Defending Jacob – William Landay
  • The Snow Child – Eowyn Ivey
  • Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson
  • Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Klingsolver
  • Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  • *The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  • *The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • *The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet – Reif Larsen

Lighthearted

  • *Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Wally Lamb
  • Bossypants – Tina Fey

Better Mind/Health

  • Younger Next Year – Chris Crowley

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