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My 5 Favorite Reads of 2012 (in order of year published)

John Williams’ 1965 novel “Stoner” focuses on a rather melancholy and emotional story about the journey of a Missouri farmer turned English Literature professor. It is filled with beautiful inspirational passages about the moment we discover our life’s passions. It took me on a very personal journey through my own memories. 

William Goldman’s “The Season:  A Candid Look at Broadway”, although published in 1969, is still incredibly relevant to the present day behind-the-scenes world of the Great White Way.  A must read for anyone interested in the theatre.

Lionel Shriver’s “We Need To Talk About Kevin” (2003) is a startling novel about a Columbine-esque school shooting.  Balanced amidst the horrors of this event, it is also a very thought provoking and brutally honest portrait of motherhood.

James Frey’s 2008 “Bright Shiny Morning” is a harrowing and riveting tale of life in Los Angeles.  It’s like the West Coast version of Hubert Selby’s “Last Exit to Brooklyn” although without the ultra-violence (although there is some).

Erin Morgenstern’s 2011 magical debut novel, “The Night Circus”, was influenced by the Punchdrunk production of “Sleep No More”.  She creates a wonderful mystical world that truly brings Le Cirque des Reves to life on the page as well as in our imaginations.  

  1. reference4medew0319 reblogged this from millionsmillions
  2. millionsmillions reblogged this from akajakeedwardmarks and added:
    Great list. Stoner is a house favorite among Millions staffers. It was one of the first books we ever placed in our Hall...
  3. emjonez said: thanks for this. Night Circus was recommended by a friend, but I didn’t realize how strongly she was inspired by SNM. Check this out: erinmorgenstern.com/tag… started the book last night and can’t put it down
  4. dreamingofmanderley said: I’m excited to start The Night Circus…thanks to your recommendation.
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