Books to Read


Jessica Anderson, One of the Wattle Birds. Whispering Gums was enthusiastic. UVa library has it.

Stephen Grosz, The Examined Life: how we lose and find ourselves. Non-fiction by an American psychoanalyst practicing in London. Kim read it because of this comment by a blogger: "Everyone should read this book and feel it chip away any ice around their hearts, to let our admirable human capacity for love and compassion flow through." Audiobook.

The Fourth Revolution: the Global Race to Reinvent the State by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. Audiobook.

In the Cage by Henry James. Tony recommends it.

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. Reviewed by Ron Charles.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. 

Someone by Alice McDermott, recommended by Corinne Conlon

Evie Wyld's two books: After the Fire, A Still Small Voice reviewed by Reading Matters and All the Birds, Singing, winner of the Miles Franklin Award, reviewed by Whispering Gums.

Animal Madness by Laurel Braitman. Audiobook.

Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner. Even better than Touch, according to KevinfromCanada

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Auto Biography by Earl Swift. Story of a '57 Chevy.

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall. NYT review.

Private Life by Jane Smiley. Jennifer recommended it.

My Promised Land by Ari Shavit

Robert Hellenga. New book is The Confessions of Frances Godwin.

Robertson Davies, The Cornish Triology

Deirdre Madden, Time Present and Time Past. Her new novel, reviewed by NYT, kindle version.

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance. KevinfromCanada's favorite novel!


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