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I loved The Fig Eaters by Jody Shields. It uses a murder as a jump off, but the interesting part is the interplay of Freudian-influenced police work and magical thinking of the detective's wife. And it is well written. I also loved Lamb by Christopher Moore -- satire on Christian history. AVOID My Other Life by Paul Theroux -- a nasty bit of self aggrandizing manipulation.


Anything by David Sedaris is good for a laugh. The Wishbones, by Tom Perrotta. Anything by Carl Hiaassen. I read a lot of true crime, so when I want to read something lighter, I tend towards humor. I'm currently rereading Anatomy of a Murder, a famous old classic. It's a bit dated but the prose still sings.


If you go to my blog, on the right hand side near the bottom is a list of some good fiction reads, at least stuff I really liked, with links to blurbs of each book. I also just read The Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor, which I also really enjoyed.


Gosh, it's been such a long time I've had time to sit down and read a good fiction book, but I used to read stacks of books. But back when I did, I used to do sets by a given author I just loved. My favorites are not new and trendy but old and thick with character--sort of like me. A few of these include Dick Frances--almost anything he wrote, Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice, Rex Stout's Nero Wolf books, those great old spy thrillers written back when enemies were easy to define like Helen MacInnes's While Still We Live and The Salzburg Connection; historic novels like Kenneth Roberts' Arundel, Northwest Passage, the Lively Lady, or Rabble in Arms. There's a host of other old favorites. Hope you throw in at least a few great old books with character.


I was sooo happy to see the sun yesterday. For a bit I didn't think that I would get to enjoy it, but alas I was..Thank you God. Glad you were able to as well. Ill think about the book thing, just woke up !!


Oh wow. I couldn't begin with the books....don't know your taste well enough and I'm sort of an all over the place reader....I'm enjoying your list though!


I don't know a lot of fiction but my husband reads lots of history books and recently enjoyed The Civil War 3-book series by Shelby Foote, and is going to read a book which I think is called Guns and Generals or something like that. We've also heard about a new book called 1776 which is supposed to be incredibly engaging and interesting.

I am looking forward to doing some reading this summer because I will be off from school - woo-hoo! Post some reviews of the books you end up choosing!


I just thought of some you might like. Check out anything by Michael Malone, especially handling sin. He's a terrific, funny writer, with an anglican bent that you might appreciate (they aren't religious books, but there is always an anglican priest)


Thanks for the recommendations, everybody. Like PPB, I like to read widely, and I particularly like it when people recommend books that I wouldn't have otherwise come across--like Sandy's Fig Eater. I appreciate the opportunity to have my horizon's expanded.

I just finished my first novel in a while called Bloodlines. I will write a review this week (Thursday) which will be found in my Rob Recommends column on our website (


If you ever get the chance, have a look at Charles Dicken's 'Great Expectations'. His descriptive powers of the human condition are wonderful...but it is very English!

Also for some inspiration 'Johnathan Livingston Seagul' by Richard Bach. A short but wonderfully inspiring book for all ages.

I've just bought a few copies for dear friends before I begin my journey.

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