Among all the hundreds of books I've reviewed since I started Boston Bibliophile back in 2007, a few books really stand out as all-time favorites. I decided to collect those reviews here!
Monumental Propaganda, by Vladimir Voinovich, a rollicking satire of Communist and post-Communist life for two neighbors, a true believer and a dissident.
Frangipani, by Celestine Vaite, the perfect hammock book. I love this mother-daughter story set in beautiful Tahiti. This book got me started on all of Vaite's books!
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese. How could I leave out this amazing story about two brothers and the people who love them? I'll never forget getting the galley in the mail and thinking no way but then having the wind knocked out of me by this unforgettable epic.
Aravind Adiga's stunning Booker Prize winning The White Tiger? A satire set in modern day India, it's just crazy good.
My Father's Paradise, Ariel Sabar's stunning biography of his father, remains one of my all-time favorite nonfictions. I don't care what your background is, this book is required reading for anyone who ever had a father.
Tamar Yellin's beautiful The Genizah at the House of Shepher, is literary historical fiction at its best!
Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee, an unforgettable story about a professor who ruins his life with an affair and his daughter and her tragic trajectory.
Gestures, by H.S. Bhabra, except for me? Prove me wrong and read this amazing novel about a man whose life has gone wrong so many times he doesn't even realize it anymore.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson. Sunshine on the page!
Some favorites that I haven't formally reviewed:
The Leopard, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, historical fiction about the unification of Italy,
All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren, essential American historical fiction about Huey Long,
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, a lovely coming of age tale set in early 20th century New York City,
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson. For a while I re-read this memoir of hiking the Appalachian Trail every summer!
The Santaland Diaries, by David Sedaris. Twisted fun for the holidays.
A Very Long Engagement, by Sebastian Japrisot. French historical fiction set just after World War 1.
A Coney Island of the Mind, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. One of my favorite books of poetry.
Possession, by A.S. Byatt. Everyone knows I love this!
Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood. Not as flashy or as well-known as The Handmaid's Tale but a stunner of a book and a must-read.