5 books for Amy in Austin

2014-08-10 10.42.22 This is my favorite bookshelf in the new house. Can you believe it, but we don't have near enough books to fill all the shelves...dang, what a problem to have! HA! I'll take any excuse to buy more books.

A former coworker and friend at Castle Hill in Austin recently reached out on instagram for book recommendations. LOVE.

Here are five (actually six if you feel like reading not one, but two books about creepy obsessive friends) books that I've read within the past few years and loved. These are all fairly short, fast, entertaining reads, but still well-written and somewhat literary. That's what I'm always looking for in a book, btw.



1. Can't we talk about something more Pleasant? by Roz Chast

This immediately comes to mind because I finished it yesterday! New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast's graphic memoir about her aging parents is insanely funny and deeply sad. So great and can be read in one or two sittings.


2. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A collection of different points of view with every character making a small appearance in the chapter preceding their own. Really cool book, super fast read, and it won the Pulitzer! Bonus!

The Woman Upstairs

3. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Dark story of female "friendship" (?!) Super well written and great to discuss. If you like it, read Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller for a double dose of creepy. It's even better.

Notes on a Scandal



4. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Don't read anything on Amazon or elsewhere about this book! Just pick it up and start reading. There are major spoilers in reviews, etc. It's amazing. First book to make me truly cry in a long, long time.

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5. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I've read this book once on my own, again for undergrad, again for grad school, and then again on my own. It's perfect. Everyone should read it.