Books to Read


The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante.

Jack by Marilynne Robinson

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

She come by it Natural by Sarah Smarsh

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

The End of the Affair by Graham Green. Audiobook by Colin Firth

Our Shadows by Gail Jones

The Power of Adrienne Rich by Hilary Holladay (an Orange County resident)

An Angel in Australia by Tom Keneally. Lisa wrote about it.

The Nagano Thrift Shop.

Ida B The Queen by Michelle Duster (Ida’s great granddaughter).

Intimations by Zadie Smith. In print at Jeff-Mad, audiobook at audible read by author

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

All Adults Here by Emma Straub. In a list of books with qualities like Ted Lasso. NYT reviewed.

Tangled Up in Blue by Rosa Brooks.

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. Tony says “a blunt and sleazy view of the Irish crime scene.”

The Dry by Jane Harper. Kim impressed.

A Million Aunties by Alecia McKenzie. NYT review.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.

The Performance by Clair Thomas. Ron Charles reviewed this Oz writer.

Out of Place. Memoir by Edward Said. Jeff-Mad has.

Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey. Jeff-Mad has

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. short stories. Available at Jeff-Mad in print and audio.

On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed.

Monogamy by Sue Miller. NYT review.

Matrix by Lauren Groff. Comes out sept 2021

Here We Are by Graham Swift. “proper old-fashioned storytelling” with gentleness, according to reading matters.

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison



    • I am excited to get to these when I can take time out from worrying about the horrifying political scene and the pandemic. Then there was the ice storm we had this week. The books are a refuge.


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