Book Club Choices for April 2014

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Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest:

– 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

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An outstanding book about happiness or, more specifically, habits:

Laurie Colwin, Family Happiness. This excellent novel is is a brilliant portrait of an Obliger in full Obliger-rebellion, if that interests you.

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An outstanding young-adult book:

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth. This is an outstanding book, which I planned to recommend next month; for this month, I intended to recommend Carol Ryrie Brink’s Andy Buckram’s Tin Men. And it’s out of print! Horrible. Try to get it from the library, so good.

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An eccentric pick:

Journal of Eugene Delacroix.

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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. So I won’t describe these books, but I love all the books I recommend; I’ve read them at least twice if not many times; and they’re widely loved.

If you read last month’s recommendations…what did you think? Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit;William Pene du Bois’s The Twenty-One Balloons; and Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions.

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