A comment during an interview with author Mark Helprin turned my thinking to the books I’ve given most as gifts. Here they are.
It's that time of year when New York City teems with holiday lights and traffic jams surrounding the department stores, Rockefeller Center and Times Square. On a recent visit, I avoided the crowds and headed to Brooklyn, where I found a small herd of that endangered species, the independent bookstore.
L. J. Davis's 1971 novel “A Meaningful Life” was reissued this year. It's a funny story about a protagonist who gets a wake-up call to do something about his dull life.
Having come off two dark books, let alone a friend's doom and gloom email, I've been thinking about books that made me laugh. Sloane Crosley hits the top of the list with "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," as do two other all-time favorites.