I don’t really read literary fiction. I’m more of a genre girl. So I thought this book might be boring because I didn’t really know many of the authors interviewed. Ok – I knew who they were but I hadn’t read any of their books. Instead of being a slog, this book opened up a new potential world of reading for me. Let me just say that authors Nancy and Jeff are S.M.A.R.T. I read a lot, but these two had me beat hands down. Every book the writers mentioned, either Nancy, Jeff, or both had read it and had an opinion. Friends, that is impressive. Am I going to read every book mentioned here? Um...no. I don’t think that’s physically possible because they talked about a TON of books. However, I did find a handful that I think I will explore and broaden my reading horizons:
A Visit from the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
Jesus’ Son - Denis Johnson (because most of the writers mentioned this one at some point)
A Passage to India - E. M. Forster
I really believe that everyone can find a book they love if they look hard enough (or get enough help from their friendly librarians). If you haven’t found it yet, maybe these books about books will guide you to your pièce de résistance.