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July 7, 2017


This week I asked my friends for some book recommendations, and here are the results so far. I hope this list will continue to grow. My criteria were: 1) well-written fiction with a likable protagonist; 2) no graphic violence or abuse; 3) nothing that will make me fear for humanity even more than I already do.  I got both fiction and non-fiction recommendations, and I'm glad about that. Do you have a recommendation to add? Do you want to read something with me? Comment below!


A Man Called Ove (and anything else) by Fredrik Backman

The Mother Tongue (and anything else) by Bill Bryson

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

The Curse of Chalion by Lois Bujold

Shards of Honor by Lois Bujold

Song of the Lark by Willa Cather

Anything by Agatha Christie and contemporaries

Little, Big by John Crowly

Anything by E.M. Delafield

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

The Ruso series by Ruth Downie

Jamaica Inn (and anything else) by Daphne du Maurier

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (and anything else) by Karen Joy Fowler

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Poldark Series by Winston Graham

The Nix by Nathan Hill

The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

Under Heaven  by Guy Gavriel Kay

In the Land of the Long White Cloud by Sarah Lark

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leone

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett, starting with Wyrd Sisters

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

Anything by Miss Read

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Still Life with Murder by P.B. Ryan

Toscanini: Musician of Conscience by Harvey Sachs

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

#1 Ladies Detective Agency and Isobel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Accidental Tourist (and anything else) by Anne Tyler

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin








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