Three engrossing reads from the shelf of the accomplished novelist and commentator.
A writer of uncommon warmth, insight, and skill, Anna Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992 and then embarked on a career as a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In novels such as One True Thing and Black and Blue, which was an Oprah Book Club pick, she explores themes of family and motherhood troubled by life’s vicissitudes. Her most recent novel, Every Last One, out in paperback, confronts similar dilemmas. When we asked her to recommend three books, she was quick to select a trio of fiction and non-fiction favorites.
By Robertson Davies
“Three wonderful novels inextricably intertwined into a monumental whole. The first begins with a thrown snowball, a small act that causes reverberations through decades to come, with plot pit stops in academic corridors, psychoanalytic circles, and a traveling circus. A tour de force of shifting point of view and storytelling from the greatest novelist you’ve never heard of.”
By Richard Ben Cramer
“Someday someone will write a book about a Presidential campaign better than this, but it hasn’t happened yet. Ben Cramer’s meticulous reporting and observations on the 1988 campaign trail haven’t dated a bit because his eye for the telling detail makes this as much drama as history. Shakespearean and smart, What It Takes is a must-read for neophyte reporters, pols, and citizens.”
By Ngaio Marsh
“It’s odd that Agatha Christie is the best known of the English Queens of Crime; Dorothy Sayers is more engaging, Margery Allingham more interesting, and Marsh smarter. All of her mysteries are worth reading, but I have a soft spot for this one because Detective Roderick Alleyn first encounters the painter Agatha Troy, one of a clutch of suspects in the death of an artist’s model. Whodunit meets happy ending.”