Train stations, bus stations, and lazy periods of time during transit require a good long book to take the edge off of waiting. And there’s lots of secondhand book shops to trade in something once it’s finished.
What have we read? Reviews below, which you can also buy through an Amazon store I set up (full disclosure: small kickback, but not enough to make Internet millions.)
The Best American Travel Writing 2014
In process. Fun collections of the year’s best travel writing from magazines and literary journals.
Clockers, Richard Price
In process. Life of cops and low-level drug dealers in New York.
Befriend and Betray, Alex Caine
Canadian gets into mischief in Canada, joins the U.S. Army and goes to Vietnam, infiltrates various organizations for Canadian and U.S. law enforcement entities.
The Believers, Zoe Heller
A novel about a New York family’s dysfunction; much shorter and easier to read than The Corrections. Fairly depressing.
Chocolat, Joanne Harris
Delightful little novel about a single mom opening up a chocolate shop in front of a church prior to Lent. “Spoiler alert: Johnny Depp wins,” said Kiwi. I guess?
Flashback Forward, John Cairney
“Super weird.” Man lives two lives in Depression-era New Zealand and Scotland.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
It’s [messed] up.
The Matlock Paper, Robert Ludlum
1960s thriller involving university drug cartels.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt
Fun to read this, as we went to Savannah for a minimoon immediately after the wedding. Almost like a metamoon read. Lots of eccentric people in 1980s Savannah. Before Kevin Spacey was Frank Underwood, he was Jim Williams:
Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
All I kept thinking to myself as I read this was: I want to read what she writes in 30 years, after she has about a half century of dealing with Hollywood.
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
American classic about the hypocrisy of whispering townfolk. Scout is the best and was probably Jennifer Lawrence as an eight year old.
Yes, Please, Amy Poehler
Reading this is like eating candy that has vitamin C added: easy to digest but with a couple of healthy lessons to take away. Or it’s like reading 10 episodes of Smart Girls at the Party.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
An good fiction read in light of developments regarding the Ebola virus and what countries are doing to try to prevent it from reach their shores.