What have you read recently that was awesome?
Quite a few of the books I’ve read this year came from here. Either someone posted about interesting new fiction, or a book was recommended for further reading in a comment thread on a random topic. So far that has worked amazingly well for keeping my list full. Share your favorites, the good and the bad, because I’m a shameless book addict in need of a constant fix.
Some of the things I’ve read and enjoyed the hell out of this year that I would recommend:
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra - a beautiful heart breaker of a novel. Set in Chechnya during the war years.
VN by Madeline Ashby - all about the scary future of human/robot relations.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick - published in 2010, tells stories from North Korean defectors about just how fucked up things are there.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel - a graphic novel about damaged family dynamics, secrets and making some peace with it.
Appetite for America by Stephen Fried - the history of Fred Harvey and how his work with railroads and dining rooms had an impact on American culture.