Books to recover with

I have the happy fantasy that I will be doing a lot of reading while I am mending in the hospital in the coming weeks. So this some of my pile of yet unread books. So let me know if you’ve read any of these — or have recommendations of others. It’s a little low on humor 🙂



14 thoughts on “Books to recover with

  1. anne seltzer

    if I were granted time to reread favorite fictions, I would immediately choose Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and Annie Proulx’s Shipping News. This is a great gift to have this expanding list of favorites from friends! just another way you enrich our lives. xxAnne

  2. Judy Rawson

    A trifle serious, indeed. For a wonderful read, that might even inspire a reread of The Odyssey, I recommend An Odyssey: a father a son and an epic by Daniel Mendelssohn. Other recent favorites:

    1. The republic for which it stands by Richard white (Long but great.) An absorbing history of 1865-1896 with a retelling of the Indian Wars, westward expansion, the rise of the great industrialists, and the Supreme Court which shaped the balance of economic power according to the Justices’ personal notions of proper economic theory-as far from strict construction as one can imagine. White covers all the preludes of our current strains: inequality, immigration, tariffs, exceptionalism, nativism, etc.
    2. Kolymsky Hts by Lionel Davidson A totally absorbing intellectual thriller. The characters are well drawn and credible, the geography is realistic and the tension is constant.
    3. The coming Storm by Michael lewis. This 2.5 hour LISTEN makes the case for data and how badly we need more data out in the public so we can make better sense of trends, and even of weather. Classic Lewis with great stories to underscore his points.
    4 Start-up Nation. A readable, insightful book about what makes the culture in Israel so receptive to cross collaboration and risk-taking. The general thesis is first, that the time spent in the military and then in the reserves with the same group of people leads to a high level of trust between talented young adults with diverse expertise. Second, Israel itself is a great risk in so kids grow up learning to admire risk, irrespective of success or failure.
    5 How about Becoming by Michelle Obama? She reads it so get the audible. What a woman!
    Hugs, judy

  3. Frank Burgess

    Lanny, I seldom laugh out loud reading a book but I am laughing now as I read Richard Russo’s “Straight Man” (2005), which I picked up at a used book store. Frank

  4. Meredith

    Wow, Lanny, you have your work cut out for you. Here’s another idea, if you want to follow up the Oppenheimer novel – not humorous, but full of juicy detail: “109 East Palace; Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos” by Jennet Conant. xo

  5. Alexander Shapleigh

    Lanny, I’m sure you will be well stocked with books. One to maybe add is “Spain in Our Hearts” (2016) by Adam Hochschild, about Americans who were engaged in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. Everything by Hochschild is superb, this one especially so.

    I’ll also send separately some lighter reading, namely my “Diary Part 2” that I’ve just prepared and that picks up where I left off after my “Diary of a Year with Trump.”

    Good luck and courage next week.

  6. Tom Tureen

    If you are looking for something lighter (and visual) I recommend Bugsy Malone (Jodi Foster’s second movie) and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs followed by Blazing Saddles.

  7. Ruth Scott

    Good choices! I loved Why Religion and Evicted and am now reading–and loving–Mme Fourchad. Humor? Try “Waiting for Mr. Bojangles” translated from French by a friend of ours. It’s crazy, a bit tragic but a romp. BEST of luck and keep us posted. Ruth and David Scott

  8. eliotdaley

    Whoa, what a heavy-duty list. In keeping with Tom Singer’s suggestion that you give your eyes a rest from 9-point font, check out these two comedy videos:
    “New in Town” by John Mulaney (yes, only one “L”)
    “Red, White, and Screwed” by Lewis Black

    Then you can get back into all that brain-busting stuff that will probably threaten your will to thrive and make you rethink the wisdom of rejoining our cockamamie nation…


  9. Eliot Daley

    In keeping with Tom Singer’s suggestion that you give your eyes a rest from 9-point font, I’m recommending that you flip open your laptop, get yourself onto YouTube, and let John Mulaney take you on a laugh ride. Don’t know if you’re familiar with him; our granddaughter recently introduced us to him. Check out “New in Town” for starters. He is an absolute master of discerning the ludicrous, and spinning it up into something glorious. Alas, he can’t resist throwing in some F-bombs (which I regard as the last refuge of those who get paid to make people laugh and, when they can’t think of something really funny–as Mulaney actually does–they trigger a bogus, laugh-like noise from a crowded room by going F. (Now, I do actually appreciate the F-based humor of Lewis Black, but he knows what he’s doing with it. While you’re at it, check out his “Red, White, and Screwed”)

    Over and out…


  10. nicholas scharff

    Wodehouse? The only author I’m not allowed to read in bed, because the bed shakes even if I don’t laugh out loud.


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