In my recent post listing a number of books I’ve read and loved over the past few years, I asked readers to recommend books that have moved them. In response I’ve gotten a bunch of recommendations, which couldn’t have come at a better time. Given that we’re all locked down with more time than usual to read, I thought I would pass them along: Here’s a list of fiction and nonfiction books, most but not all of which were recommended by friends whose judgment I trust and value, and the others by new friends. I had only read the first book in each category, both of which are great. I’ve now started my way down the list, having just finished Carried Away, by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munroe. Not surprisingly, I thought it was terrific.
- A Gentleman in Moscow — Towles (perfect for now: the main character is confined to his hotel for decades)
- Carried Away — Alice Munroe
- The Storied Life of AJ Fikry — Zevin
- The Friend — Sigfred Nunez
- The Door — Szabo
- Lonesome Dove or Duane’s Depressed — McMurtry
- Snow Flower and the Secret Fan — Lee
- Where the Crawdads Sing — Owens
- Ordinary Grace — Krueger
- The Devil in the White City — Larson
- Tight Rope:Americans Reaching for Hope — Kristoff, WuDunn
- In Hoffa’s Shadow — Kristol
- Do Morals Matter — Bill Nye
- Killers of the Flower Moon — The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI–Grann
- One Summer: America, 1927 — Bryson
- Play it loud:Instruments of Rock & Roll — Dobney
- Into Thin Air — Krakauer
- The Color of Water — McBride
If you have any good recommendations, please leave them in the comments!
If you would like to see my original list, please click here.