Sometimes it's good to go back and refresh our memories about books we've loved. In the case of today's post, I went back into my Goodreads history by 20-some-odd pages to find some of those hyped books that I really think deserve their accolades and enduring good reviews. In fact, I almost chose ten because I got so swept away!
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Starting with fiction, I resisted Where'd You Go, Bernadette? for ages! I just thought there was no way this seemingly chick-litish runaway hit could satisfy me, but sometimes I love being wrong. It was sharp, witty and full of charm. I'd even re-read it!
Every RIP season you'll see The Bloody Chamber begin to pop up all over the interwebs. As a feminist fantasy classic, and a darn creepy read, it's only right. This little collection of fairy tale retellings and reimaginings is superb. Amazing writing, great thematic connections, and just a whole lotta perfection.
I'm pretty much convinced Jhumpa Lahiri can do no wrong, and Interpreter of Maladies, a collection of short stories, has a lot to do with my feeling that way. These immigrant tales and stories of stilted communication are pitch perfect.
And I couldn't forget two of my all-time favorite non-fiction books.
The Year of Magical Thinking will stomp on your heart. Didion tells of her husband's passing and the ensuing grief with such vivid, raw emotion. I read this one in a day and cried buckets.
Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain, is all it's cracked up to be. Brash, brazen, pissed off at the world and terribly knowledeable about food and the restaurant industry, this memoir really blew the top off. While Tony has mellowed in his later years, and continues to write smart, searing work about food and travel, this is still a great place to start.