Sunday, August 9, 2009
Here are some of the books I've read this summer: Columbine. Home. The Lonely American. The Thing Around Your Neck. Still Alice. Hana's Suitcase.
It was only after I started reading the essays in Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction that I realized how dark my reading has been this summer. I read essays on a school shooting, alcoholic parents, a mother who didn't want her child...dark, dark, dark.
Does everything good have to be sad?
Here, then, is my question: What can I read that is good, really really good, well written, with sparkling purposeful characters leading generous lives? Ideas?
I'm not asking for recommendations for throwaway novels, summer reads. I'm seeking books that are Must-Reads.
Are they out there? Any thoughts?
Not sappy happy. Literate happy.
I've thought and thought and I've come up with almost nothing. Tom Sawyer. Anne of Green Gables, maybe.