Thursday, August 13, 2015

Beverly's Book Shelf



What books are currently on your nightstand? 

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. I’m reading it slowly because of the complex structure.

Roger Hobbs’s  Vanishing Games, which is the sequel to Ghostman, one of the best heist/murder/mystery books ever.

Who is your all-time favorite novelist?

Pat Conroy.  Prince of Tides is a modern masterpiece
Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible
John Steinbeck’s East of Eden—These are three books I re-read every few years.

What book might we be surprised to find on your shelves?—

The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. This is one of the best non-fictions books I’ve ever read.

Who is your favorite fictional character? 

Lee in East of Eden

What book do you return to?

East of Eden. There is a thought provoking concept of good, evil, and free will that infuses this book.

***I’m just referring to modern fiction. 

Beverly writes and talks about crime fiction at my new local library in Huntington Woods.  She was the first person I met in my new community because she and her husband, Richard, walk by my house on their morning jaunt every day. She was also nice enough to invite us to her yearly 4th of July party and her talk at the library. What brings people closer than a love of books!

6 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

You do have some great books!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Nice choices. (It is Hobbs, not Hobbes, by the way. I'm reading it too.)

I like both THE PRINCE OF TIDES and THE MAKING OT THE ATOMIC BOMB as well.


Jeff M.

Beverly Friedenberg said...

Thanks Jeff.

If anyone is interested, I share my book list with everyone. I'm the mystery maven of our little town.

bbbinke52@yahoo.com.

Charles Gramlich said...

Another author I've not yet explored

Bernadette said...

Don't often see Australian authors on these bookshelves....it took me a year to read the Flanagan...it's tough going

pattinase (abbott) said...

My husband got through it but I gave it up. Have heard enough about torture for a lifetime.