There’s nothing about State of Wonder that would have spurred me to read it other than my daughter’s answer when I asked for a good book to read. Now, if you ask me, “Read any good books lately?” I have one for you.
“It could be argued that the first 80% of the book is a setup to compare his leadership and that of others to Trump. The contrast is clear, undeniable, and necessary to qualify his portrayal of the current President as more of a “mis-leader” than a leader.”
“Overbearing parents and demanding workouts are common chapters in success stories. What is not common is for someone who suffered to those things to come out on the other side as contrite, introspective, and pleasant…”
Stephen King: “…one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century.”
Wall Street Journal: “…widely regarded as the greatest haunted-house story ever written.”
Me: “Umm, no.”
William Reinhardt Deutsch, a millionaire on his deathbed, wants to know if spirits, ghosts, or other paranormal phenomena are real, and he knows the best place to find an answer – Hell House.
When a significant piece of literature is presented, it’s usually better to read it and have an educated opinion than to not read it at all, even if you’re disappointed about the time and effort given. Considering the impact of To Kill a Mockingbird, this is one of those literary pieces, and you should read it.
It’s not a surprise that publishers balked at the book because of the graphically described sex. By today’s standards, of course, it’s not even something to blink at. In the 40’s, however, it would have been passed around in a plain brown wrapper.
Biography by David McCullough
Historical fiction/romance by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Fiction by Greer Macallister
Memoir by Cary Elwes
Fiction by Douglas Preston
This edition includes:
Memoir by Normal Lear
Fiction by Stephen King
Novel by Steve Martin
Classic by Carson McCullers
A memoir by Pete Townshend
Science fiction by H. P. Lovecraft
Post-apocalyptic by Josh Malerman
Young Adult by Megan Abbott
Literary fiction by John Irving