I love to share books I’ve enjoyed with friends. Likewise I appreciate when a friend recommends a good book to me. Here are some of my want-to-read, recent reads, and favorite reads of the last several years. Any suggestions?

See my Goodreads bookshelf at

Recent Reads

The Intuitionist—Colson Whitehead

At Large and At Small—Anne Fadiman

Lab Girl—Hope Jahren

The Lady in Gold—Anne-Marie O’Connor

Moonglow—Michael Chabon

The Lost Mother—Mary McGarry Morris

The White Tiger—Aravind Adiga

Cavedweller—Dorothy Allison

Tuesdays with Morrie—Mitch Albom

Diary of a Bad Year—J. M. Coetzee

The Freeport Robbery—Michael P. King

Liars’ Club—Mary Karr

Man in the High Castle—Phillip K. Dick

The Glass Castle—Jeanette Walls

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood—Janisse Ray

The Train to Crystal City—Jan Jarboe Russell

Americanah—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Girl at War—Sara Nović

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World—Andrea Wulf


Some (Relatively Recent) Favorite Reads

Ahab’s Wife or, The Star Gazer—Sena Jeter Naslund

Atonement—Ian McEwan

Blindness—Jose Saramango

Bonfire of the Vanities—Tom Wolfe

Cloud Atlas—David Mitchell

Cutting for Stone—Abraham Verghese

Descartes Bones—Russell Shorto

Dream of Scipio—Iain Pears

Evidence of Things Unseen—Marianne Wiggins

John Dollar—Marianne Wiggins

Postcards—E. Annie Proulx

Sometimes a Great Notion—Ken Kessey

The Birth of Venus—Sarah Dunant

The Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck

The Inheritance of Loss—Kirna Desai

The Instance of the Fingerpost—Iain Pears

The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World—Andrea Wulf

The Left Hand of Darkness—Ursula LeGuin

The Milagro Beanfield War—John Nichols

New York Trilogy—Paul Auster

The Poisonwood Bible—Barbara Kingsolver

The Shadow of the Wind—Carlos Ruis Zafón

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union—Michael Chabon


2 Responses to Bookshelf

  1. Jazz says:

    Hi Eva,
    I recently joined FFM and came across your comments that led me to this site.
    I have a book title for you “Elizabeth is Missing” by Emma Healey, a young British author. I gather this book caused quite the bidding-stir among publishers.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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