What’s on Your Nightstand-Jan 2015 Recommendations

What's on your nightstand?

What’s on your nightstand?

Jan 2015 Recommendations

FICTION
An Unnecessary Woman ­ Rabih Alemeddine ­ a meditation on aging, politics,
literature, loneliness, grief and resilience (Sarah)
Binocular Vision New and Selected Stories­ Edith Pearlman­ quiet elegant take on the predicaments of being human (Kathy)
Edge of Eternity ­ Ken Follett ­ 3rd in Century Trilogy(Carol)
In a Summer Season ­ Elizabeth Taylor ­a wealthy, charming widow, has married a man ten years her junior and everything is lovely until it’s not. (Ann)
July’s People ­ Nadine Gordimer ­ unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites. (Shelli)
Nora Webster ­ Colm Toibin ­a fiercely compelling young widow and mother of four,
navigates grief and fear and struggles for hope.  (Shelli)
Redeployment ­ Phil Klay ­ from the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, an
attempt to understand what happened, and what happens to the soldiers who return.(Kathy)
Still Life with Breadcrumbs ­ Anna Quindlan ­ second chances, starting over, and
going after what is most important in life. (Peggy)
White Dog Fell From the Sky ­ Eleanor Morse ­ captures the magic of the African
landscape and the terror and degradation of life under apartheid.  (Charlet)
NONFICTION
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant ­Roz Chast­ comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life­-altering loss of elderly parents. (Ann)
Old Jules ­ Mari Sandoz ­biography of Old Jules (the author’s father) who immigrates to Nebraska in the late 1800s. ( Ann)
Republic of Imagination American in Three Books­ Azir Nafsi ­ A passionate hymn to the power of fiction to change people’s lives.  (Sarah)
Also recommended:
Raymond Carver’s stories. (Shelli)