Today I turn 54, and in celebration of my birthday, I created a list of 54 favorite books.
They are books I read compulsively or couldn’t forget; books that were memorable in either content or in reading experience; books that may have enlightened me; and books I simply enjoyed.
The list is random (no ranking) and unorganized (memoir, mystery, fiction, history are intermingled) because this is a top-of-mind list recorded as the titles came to me.
Due to brief commentary or summaries with each entry, the length prohibited delivering the list as a blog post. Hence, the new blog page 54 Years, 54 Books.
Authors include Alice McDermott, Saul Bellow, Daphne du Maurier, Joan Didion, Ellen Gilchrist, Bernard Malamud, Norman McLean, Penelope Lively, Alice Kaplan, David Denby, Joan Chase, Michael Herr, Ward Just, Graham Greene, Anne Lamott, Francisco Goldman and many more.
For me, the list was a chance to revisit several books I’ve not touched in years. For you, I hope it provides ideas for good summer reading.