Monday, December 19, 2011

Musing Mondays- My Favorite Book to Recommend


This week’s musing asks…
What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone?


When I'm asked for recommendations for adult reading, the one book I come back to again and again is Ariel Sabar's masterful, moving and wonderful My Father's Paradise. It's not always easy to sell this memoir and biography of an Iraqi Jewish father and son to a non-Jewish audience, but even if you think you're not interested in the subjects of this book, you will love it. You will. Sabar is an accomplished journalist and his writing is fluid, accessible and beautiful. The story is universal, despite the apparent niche audience- it's about immigration, about a family, about parents and children, fathers and sons. It's about a man who turned a disadvantage- being from a backwoods rural area with a language no one else spoke- into the thing that built his life. And it's about another man who grows to appreciate a father whose nerdiness and nonconformity embarrassed him. It's just the most wonderful book.

I've known almost no one who didn't like this book. One woman, a patron at one of the libraries I've worked in, wrote me a letter to express how much she loved it. It's a winner. Read it!

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