Hey, guys–Just got back from KBBI and the Wednesday morning Coffee Table program with host Aaron Selbig. We talked for an hour with callers about what they’re reading and loving, and what follows is an I hope comprehensive list of all the books that we mentioned on the air. If I missed any, or if you tried to call and we couldn’t get to you, or you just want to weigh in, please feel free to recommend books and authors in the comments section below.
Shirley from Seldovia recommends Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Hi, Shirley!).
Kim recommends A Long Trek Home by Erin Mckittrick.
Stonewall in Soldotna recommends The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor and the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.
Bjorn recommends Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits and everything else she has written.
Bumpo recommends the fabulous Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell (and so do I, and so would my father if he were still around).
Mike recommends Locust by Jeffrey Alan Lockwood, The Trees by Conrad Richter, and The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie.
Roberta recommends Albert Einstein’s The World As I See It, Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Michael recommends checking out the library for books on the film industry.
Caroline recommends Frank Deford’s Bliss Remembered and Rita Dove’s poetry.
Larry recommends Patrick O’Brian’s biography of Joseph Banks and Family After All: Alaska’s Jesse Lee Home by Raymond L. Hudson.
Michael recommends Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Ada BlackJack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven.
Ken recommends It Doesn’t Take a Hero : The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Robert Kennedy: His Life by Evan Thomas, and The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Northwest by Alvin M. Josephy.
Aaron strongly recommends Wicked by Gregory Maguire, and says he is so hooked that he is going on to read all three books in the series.
I recommend (man, this is a long post)
For the young adult reader in your life, Terrier and Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce.
Non-fiction — Cochrane, The Real Master and Commander by David Cordingly and Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides.
General fiction — Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. One of the best and best written books I have ever read.
Oldie but a goodie — Great Maria by Cecelia Holland. Terrific historical novel about a strong woman in medieval Italy who gets what she wants. Be a great book for a book club discussion.
Mysteries — Stephanie Barron’s Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, the Phryne Fisher series by Kerrie Greenwood, The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow, and the Charlie Hood novels by T. Jefferson Parker, the latest of which, Border Lords, just came out in hardcover.
Military science fiction — Tanya Huff’s Valor series, beginning with Valor’s Choice.
Epic fantasy — Jim Butcher’s Alera series, beginning with Furies of Calderon.
Whew, okay, I’m done.
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