Have you ever walked into a library and thought, “Damn.
1.Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth StroutBuy it from Amazon
Don’t be intimidated by its Pulitzer Prize-winning status. This book is simple, and ranges from funny and lighthearted to aching and serious. A more astute, touching character study may not exist in fiction. Perfect for any lover of short stories.
2.The Complete Peanuts by Charles M. SchulzBuy it from Amazon
For Snoopy-lovers and book collectors, this book could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship – covering the first 2+ years of Charles Schulz’ iconic strip, this is as inclusive as a format as you’ll find for Peanuts comics, and the following years are available in lush, gorgeous box sets. A treat.
3.Sea of Poppies by Amitov GhoshBuy it from Amazon
A great choice for a fan of rich and complex fiction. At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. A riveting, intelligent, challenging read.
4.Swell: A Girl’s Guide to the Good Life by Cynthia Rowley and Ilene RosenzweigBuy it from Amazon
For a dinner party host or newly-moved-out young person, this book is full of time and money-saving tricks to throwing a fantastic soiree on a budget, as well as modern guides to etiquette and getting by with grace in the day-to-day world. Anyone who liked Sex and the City will love this book.
5.Voices from the Stormedited by Lola Vollen and Chris YingBuy it from Amazon
After Hurricane Katrina savaged New Orleans in 2005, many residents were stranded, in danger, and left trying to make their way out of the city or search for survivors and supplies. These are some of their stories. A fascinating read for anyone.