· one outstanding book about happiness or habits
· one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit
· one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone
Shop at the wonderful Brooklyn indie WORD, BN.com, Amazon (I’m an affiliate of all three), or your favorite local bookstore. Or visit the library! Drumroll…
An outstanding book about happiness or habits:
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
An outstanding children’s book:
The Animal Family, by Randall Jarrell
An eccentric pick:
A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
Some readers have said that they wished that I’d describe and make the case for my book choices, instead of just providing links.
I’ve noticed that many times, when someone describes a book to me, I want to read it less. And often, weirdly, the better a book is, the worse it sounds.
Nevertheless, because so many readers have requested it, I’ve decided to give a bit more context for these choices in the book-club newsletter. So if you’d like to know more about why I made these selections, check there. To get that free monthly book-club newsletter, and to make sure you don’ t miss any recommendations, sign up here.
In any event, I assure you that, for all the books I choose, I love them; I’ve read them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely admired.
If you read last month’s recommendations…what did you think? Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking; Spyri’s Heidi; and Agassi’s Open. So good!
If you’re inclined to buy it, I’d really appreciate it if you’d pre-order.
Pre-orders build support for a book, by creating buzz among booksellers, the media, and the publisher. Pre-orders really matter. Buy from your favorite indie (Rainy Day Books is my fabulous hometown indie), tell your library you’d like to read it, or go here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks.
End of commercial. Happy November, and happy reading.