Vacation, here I come!

I have about ten books I’m hoping to start or finish over the holidays. But since that’s unreasonable and blog readers don’t have that sort of attention span, here are the top five non-RAB books that I’m looking forward to reading:

1. Tana French’s IN THE WOODS. Our own beloved Emma Rathbone suggested this one to me with such fervor that I put a copy on order at BookCourt the next day. I can’t wait—if you don’t like reading books about mysteriously missing/dead children over Christmas, I don’t like you.

2. Patrick Somerville’s THE UNIVERSE IN MINIATURE IN MINIATURE. Yes, he is one of ours. But this book isn’t. Because he may be a wonderful writer and a lovely man (both of those things are an absolute fact) but he’s sort of a floozy, publisher-wise. He read some of this at Happy Endings recently and, hot diggity, it was good. Not that I’m surprised.

3. Howard Zinn’s A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: 1492 TO PRESENT. If you were raised within an hour of Gettysburg, PA, there is a high chance that you know a lot about the Civil War. And that’s it, history-wise. It can make a gal feel stupid when, say, she’s at a friend’s house playing Jeopardy and cleaning up until Final Jeopardy when everyone else is like “Ah! SO EASY” and she’s like “Are there actual pigs in that bay? I think they’re supposed to live on land!”

4. EVERYTHING RAVAGED, EVERYTHING BURNED by Wells Tower. This is the book David Sedaris recommended when he was on the road to promote his last title. Sedaris read parts of it aloud and sold me on it immediately. Not just the writing (although what I heard was hilarious), but the fact that he was so passionate about how great the book is—so excited by the freshness of it and just enthralled with the language Tower uses. He said “I’d rather you buy this book over mine—I’d buy it over anything I’d ever written.” That’s a selling recommendation!

5. I haven’t read FREEDOM yet. I bought it on pub date and it just sits there, mocking me. I would love to actually read it instead of just referencing the reviews and talking about Franzen’s treatment in the press. Sadly, that’s actually worked so far—people think I’ve read it. So, here’s to you, Ron Charles, for making me look smart. Please go reread #3 if you think that’s a small undertaking.

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