Book Recommendations

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Mary and I just finished reading Surrounded By Strangers by Josi Kilpack. It was a pretty good book, and we hope to do an episode on our podcast soon. I am looking forward to reading “Unsung Lullaby”, which I have on hold at the library.

I am interested in other books. What books would you recommend? I am interested in novels currently.

12 thoughts on “Book Recommendations

  1. Have you ever read any of Chaim Potok’s books? Excellent Jewish fiction that approaches the universal human experiance

    My Name is Asher Lev is a personal favorite

  2. Julian Barnes writes wonderful, funny but deeply intriguing novels. My favourite book is his A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters. But Talking it Over is also incredible.

    Anything by Graham Greene is out of this world amazing. My fave’s End of the Affair but people tend to like Power & the Glory more.

    If want to see what a good novelist can do with Mormonism, read Virginia Sorensen’s A Little Lower than the Angels. It’s about a family during the Nauvoo period and some problems of polygamy (but also so much more). She’ll blow away any preconceived ideas about Mormon novels.

    (It’s very dangerous to ask a librarian for book recommendations. I could go on for pages, but I’ll leave it with my top ones.)

  3. Really? I don’t I have ever seen you read it, Mary.

    Thank you very much for those many recommendations, alea. Hopefully a few of those will make it into our podcast.

  4. Mary likes Orson Scott Card, and she has read several of his books. I don’t believe I have read any of his. I will check that out in about 4 months when I’m done all the others. :)

    I started reading My Name is Asher Lev, AML. FYI.

  5. I finished My Name is Asher Lev. Good book. As an amateur actor, I really identified with the story in a lot of ways. If I can convince Mary to read it again (she’s read it twice many years ago), hopefully, we can do a podcast on it soon.

    I am now reading Middlesex, Jeff.

  6. Middlesex was good. It didn’t take me two months to read it. I just realised I hadn’t said anything. It was very interesting.

    I’m reading A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters now, alea.

  7. I have to say I didn’t like it, alea. I was bored with it and made it only through the first two chapters.

    I enjoyed Talking It Over much more.

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