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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