Since I got a fair number of recommendations, I decided to split the list into a couple of posts. So if you wanted to make a suggestion but didn’t get it in, there’s still time! Here’s the first installment of book suggestions:
My Antonia by Willa Cather – the referrer of this title says it’s a “beautiful love story, in regard both to the characters as well as the setting – on the plains in the late 1800s.” The amazon.com review says it’s a “tale of the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family planning to farm on the untamed land…” of Nebraska. If you have a Kindle reader, you can download the book for free here.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson – I loved this book! Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his nursing home in Sweden on his 100th birthday and sets this fun story in motion. The unexpected events of his current adventure are interspersed with the backstory of Allan’s life where he travels the world and has chance encounters with Stalin, Churchill, multiple US presidents, Mao and de Gaulle to name a few. In the end, the wonderfully quirky randomness of the story all falls neatly into place.
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard – our reader says this book is a fast read. Suspenseful, believable, a good story. The amazon.com book description tells us that The Deep End of the Ocean “imagines every mother's worst nightmare—the disappearance of a child—as it explores a family's struggle to endure, even against extraordinary odds.”
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – this book got three recommendations! Based in Depression-era America, this story follows penniless 23-year-old Jacob as he drops out of veterinary school and joins a circus to care for the exotic animals. The amazon.com book description calls this book “surprising, poignant, and funny… that rare novel with a story so engrossing, one is reluctant to put it down; with characters so engaging, they continue to live long after the last page has been turned..."
The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood – per amazon.com, this book “reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools...” It also points the reader to an online Survivor Profiler test so you can analyze your own survivor strengths.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - amazon.com’s book description says that “Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world – and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.”
That’s a good start for now. I’ll post the next batch of suggested reading sometime next week. Thanks to all who gave recommendations.