I jumped on this new book by Levy since I was such a huge fan of Hot Milk. Her latest is one of the most unique and unusual books I have read both in structure and content. It is intellectual but accessible; complex without being indecipherable; dark but strangely pleasant; and at times quite amusing. The book is a captivating and sly take on what it means to look back on one’s life and try to make sense of it all.Recommended by Nan S.
Oh, man. I truly wept when I finished reading this book simply because it was over. This beautifully written novel is at once painful and lovely. It is the story of a 30-year friendship between two very different men who share a love of hiking in the Dolomites. Serious hikers will marvel at the descriptions of these unique Italian mountains.Recommended by Nan S.
This book really touched me. It was so timely and relevant. The tools Mohsin uses to describe the plight of refugees around the world are, well, magical. I was mesmerized.Recommended by Nan S.
This is a big, masterfully written novel that explores mathematical genius and its high cost on the individual, spouse, and family. Within this multigenerational saga are nicely crafted themes of nature versus nurture, addiction, and redemption.Recommended by Nan S.
How I love to get lost in a big, complex, and exceptionally well-written novel. In A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin, the reader is embedded in the life of Milo Andret and his parents, wife, and children — particularly his son, Hans.
It is the story in part of genetics — how genius and alcoholism is passed down from one generation to another. And how love and family can break the generational cycle of despair and... (read more)Recommended by Nan S.