Thanks to the friends of This Common Reader for their book suggestions. Here are a few of the many titles on which they plan to use their 2012 allotted literary reading time.
The 50 Funniest American Writers according to Andy Borowitz (published 2011)With all the serious stuff going on in the world today, a little humor helps with maintaining your groove.
Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James (published 2011) PD James ponders what has happened to Pride and Prejudices’ Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy since their wedding day. Since Ms. James is writing the story the only thing for certain is that there will be a murder.
Rebels and Traitors by Lindsey Davis (published 2009) Historical fiction which takes place during the English Civil War. (mid-1600) Visit Ms. Davis’ book site to view other publications. http://www.lindseydavis.co.uk/rebelsandtraitors.htm
The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson (published 2011) “Southern Gothic gets a new twist in this true-life novel of crime and punishment in the heart of the fallen Confederacy. “ — Henry Wiencek, author of An Imperfect God:
George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Euginedes (published 2011) This is the author’s third novel. Middlesex, his second novel, is a Pulitzer prize winner. Critics claim if you like Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, you’ll like this story.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. (Published in 2010) Author of Seabiscuit, Ms. Hillenbrand writes the biography of a WWII prisoner of war.
God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens (Published 2007) In memory of Mr. Hitchens, d.2011, read what this world famous atheist thinks about organized religion.
Lost Decades: The Making of America’s Debt Crisis and the Long Recovery by Jeffry Frieden and Menzie Chinn. (Published 2011) In the financial world the term “lost decades” is being used to describe the years 1990 through 2010. The authors explain that there is lots of blame to go around-Republican and Democratic.
Steel Bonnets: The Story of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers by George MacDonald Fraser (published 1971) Historical account of life on the England-Scotland border during the 15th and 16th
century. Mr. Fraser is also the author of the entertaining Flashman novel series. Harry Paget Flashman is the “Captain Jack Sparrow” bad boy of the 11th Regiment of Light Dragoons in the 19th century English colonies of India and Afghanistan.
Richmond’s Unhealed History by Benjamin Campbell (Published 2011) Mr. Campbell writes about the history of Richmond and its hopeful future.