Books to Savor All Summer
Burroughs: Tennessee Williams, Flannery OConnor, and Tillie Olsen. Spend the entire summer with them. It doesnt matter what you read or which order you read them in. The wisdom and heartbreak centers of your brain will be electrified. I do not have the words to tell you what a fine summer you will have and how much you will never regret it.
Collins: The Godfather, by Mario Puzo ($15, amazon.com).
You can rereread it all summer and it will still seem fresh and so true. The characters jump off the page.
DeMille: Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham ($6, amazon.com).
Not for the beach, but for rainy days and quiet summer nights. One of my favorites.
Its long and dense, and its easy to get lost in the wonderful storytelling.
Gilbert: The Treasury of Oz, by L. Frank Baum ($19.50, amazon.com).
If by some miracle I had a summer to sit and read, I would treat myself to rereading the most delightful books of my childhoodthe Oz books. Baum sent plucky Dorothy back to Oz more than a dozen times after The Wizard of Oz, and her wondrous adventures just get better. If you can borrow a 10-year-old to share this experience with, all the better!
Gregory: History Play: The Lives and Afterlife of Christopher Marlowe, by Rodney Bolt ($25, amazon.com).
This takes you into the fictional heart of Shakespeares England, suggests a wonderfully imaginative explanation of the genius of the Bards plays, makes your head spin with possibilitiesand makes you wonder who did write all those wonderful plays.
Follett is an amazing storyteller, with the strength to hold my interest in a book of more than a thousand pages. Im terribly critical when reading. I simply know too much about the writing process. And when something minor is off, I find the fault glaring. Follett is such a pro that I can read and savor every single page.
Patterson: One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez ($15, amazon.com).
Absolutely magnificent magical realism, and probably my favorite novel ever.
Picoult: Sadly, the only books Ill be savoring all summer are college information guides, since I have a senior in high school next year.
Steel: Danielle Steel :)