Burroughs: The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers ($8, amazon.com).
A slender 163 pages, but it inhales all the light, matter, and gravity in the vicinity. Stunningly evocative and gorgeously written, this truly magnificent book will replace your entire life for one perfect day.
Collins: Whacked, by Jules Asner ($15, amazon.com).
Shes a first-time author, married to director Steven Soderbergh, and this delicious tale of revenge—set in L.A.—rocks!
DeMille: The Prince, by Niccolò Machiavelli ($17, amazon.com).
Its, well Machiavellian. A great help if youre dealing with a summer landlord or a difficult au pair.
Evanovich: The Concrete Blonde, by Michael Connelly ($8, amazon.com).
A classic in Connellys Harry Bosch detective seriesand one of my favorites.
Fairstein: The latest Lisa Scottoline thriller.
Gilbert: The Principles of Uncertainty, by Maira Kalman ($30, amazon.com).
Gorgeous and touching. A quirky year-in-the-life as told by one of our most wonderful illustratorsshort in words, but rich in little visual pleasures.
Gregory: Dragonwyck, by Anya Seton ($16, amazon.com).
A gothic novel set in 1844 America. At times its utterly ridiculous, but it is truly haunting. Think an American Jane Eyre at high speed. A great book to gulp down in a day.
Kinsella: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon ($14, amazon.com).
Its hero, an autistic 15-year-old, is one of the most poignant in contemporary literature.
Macomber: Gift From the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh ($16, amazon.com).
A book I simply love, love, love, because it is truly a treasure. Living by the sea, I appreciate the depth of wisdom in each beautifully penned chapter.
Patterson: No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy ($15, amazon.com).
The only thriller I have ever read that also qualifies as art, at least in my mind.”
Picoult: The Third Angel, by Alice Hoffman ($15, amazon.com).
I inhale anything Alice writes, but this stunning book is among her loveliest. Once I started it, I didnt put it down.
Steel: Anything by Jodi Picoult.