I’ve thought of a loophole to allow me to save 8 more books, if that’s all I could save (in a hypothetical situation which would require that). I’m going to count my first list as my son’s choices. (This is invoking carry-on guidelines, in which each person, regardless of their size, gets one, and since we are two people and I have to carry everything, I get two) Here is my 2nd list:
8 (More) Books I’d Save (My More Grown-Up List)
1. Time and Again by Jack Finney. I have a thing for time travel and old buildings, set off, I believe, by Jack Finney. He also wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers but this is nothing like that.
2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. I am mesmerized by the descriptions of old New York buildings and lifestyle. Reading it you feel transported.
3. Paradise by Toni Morrison. I love what critics of this book did not, the way Morrison goes in and out of time and scenes, past and present.
4. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In and out of time and space, ethereal, every word is necessary and beautiful. Absolutely the best book I’ve ever read. Therapy for verbal thinkers.
5. Insomnia by Stephen King. A good read!
6. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. His writing is creepy-fantastic, and he lives near me, so…
7.Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou. I was enthralled when I read her autobiographical series.
8.by Khaled Hosseini. This book will open your eyes, incredible writing.
What book would you save?