Full dis­clo­sure:  As you can tell from the title, I per­son­al­ly have not yet read any of the­se books.  I rec­om­mend them to you based pure­ly on the fact that I want to read them (and the great reviews.  Obvi­ous­ly.)


The Sto­ry-Telling Ani­mal by Jonathan Gottschall:  “Like the mag­nif­i­cent sto­ry­tellers past and present who fur­nish him here with exam­ples and inspi­ra­tion, Jonathan Gottschall takes a time­ly and fas­ci­nat­ing but pos­si­bly for­bid­ding sub­ject — the new brain sci­ence and what it can tell us about the human sto­ry-mak­ing impulse — and makes of it an extra­or­di­nary and absorbing intel­lec­tu­al nar­ra­tive. The scrupu­lous syn­the­sis of art and sci­ence here is mas­ter­ful; the real-world stakes high; the rewards for the read­er numer­ous, exhil­a­rat­ing, mind-expand­ing.”  Ter­ry Castle, Wal­ter A. Haas Pro­fes­sor in the Human­i­ties, Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty

This is a work of pop­u­lar phi­los­o­phy and social the­o­ry writ­ten by an obvi­ous­ly bril­liant under­grad­u­ate teacher. The gift for the exam­ple is every­where. A punchy line appears on almost every page.”  -The San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle


Amer­i­can Arti­sanal by Rebec­ca Gray:  “We love this book; we had been parcel­ing it out in chap­ter-sized bits at bed­time but we raced through at the end. Read this! It’s fas­ci­nat­ing and inspir­ing. Who knows — you may be the next Amer­i­can arti­san.” -Faith Durand

If you’re remote­ly inter­est­ed in food — either cook­ing it or eat­ing it — then Amer­i­can Arti­sanal ought to be your guide.  Any­time Becky Gray gets around cook­ing, trust me: some­thing mag­i­cal is going to hap­pen.” -Win­ston Groom


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The Gun Sell­er by Hugh Lau­rie:  First of all, every per­son should want to read this book based pure­ly on the fact that it was writ­ten by con­tem­po­rary poly­math Hugh Lau­rie.  Any for­ay of his into dif­fer­ent gen­res has piqued my inter­est.  Also:  “This is a gen­uine­ly wit­ty and sophis­ti­cat­ed enter­tain­ment.” - Christo­pher Buck­ley in the NY Times Book Review

The Gun Sell­er is fast, top­i­cal, wry, sus­pense­ful, hilar­i­ous, wit­ty, sur­pris­ing, ridicu­lous, and pret­ty won­der­ful. 
And you don’t need a per­mit to buy it…A delight­ful nov­el.” — The Wash­ing­ton Post Book Review




The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:  Yes, I’m a lit­tle tardy to the par­ty on this one, but I do intend to get to it even­tu­al­ly.

Green writes books for young adults, but his voice is so com­pul­sive­ly read­able that it defies cat­e­go­riza­tion. He writes for youth, rather than to them, and the dif­fer­ence is pal­pa­ble.” — Rachel Syme, NPR Books

This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wear­ing it down, but by mak­ing it big­ger until it bursts.”  The Atlantic



City of Dream­ing Books by Wal­ter Moers:  I’ll be hon­est, I most­ly just want to read this book because of the title and the fact that the cov­er art is a struc­ture built of books.  But the reviews are good as well.

Moers’ cre­ative mind is like J. K. Rowling’s on Ecsta­sy” — Detroit Evening News

A yarn of drollery, deep­er mean­ing and sheer luna­cy” - Rolling Stone




Aun­tie Mame by Patrick Den­nis:  This one I want to read because I love love love the movie.  And since books are gen­er­al­ly bet­ter than movie ver­sions…

I reread and study Aun­tie Mame like a hilar­i­ous, glam­orous bible where, among oth­er wise lessons, one learns that true sophis­ti­ca­tion and inno­cence are two halves of the same glit­ter­ing coin.”  –Charles Busch, author of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Vam­pire Les­bians of Sodom

Aun­tie Mame is a unique lit­er­ary achieve­ment a bril­liant nov­el dis­guised as a light­weight piece of fluff. Every page sparkles with wit, style and though Mame would cringe at the thought high moral pur­pose. Let’s hope Patrick Den­nis is final­ly rec­og­nized for what he is: One of the great comedic writ­ers of the 20th cen­tu­ry.”  –Robert Plun­ket, author of Love Junkie




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