I really miss my dog. He was my conduit for meeting new friends, for catch-up conversations with old friends who walked the same path, for calmly listening to my worries and always offering consolation. Yesterday, at the annual luncheon for one of my book clubs, I realized I’ve replaced him with books.
When someone seated next to me at an event happened to mention her admiration of Plenty, I found a new friend in Yotam Ottolenghi. Often now as I reconnect with old friends across an ocean, we share what we are reading. Finally, just like my old dog, a book can offer me comfort and sometimes a sense of adventure.
Next year’s reading list offers all that and more. Books with my reviews are in red.
Book Club List for 2017
- January – The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The Pulitzer Prize winning author tells the behind the scenes story of the famous brothers who began the age of flight.
- February – Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama
The life of Pei, a Chinese girl sent to work in a silk factory during the first decades of the 20th century.
- March – Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff
Lynn Neary reviews the book in NPR’s “All Things Considered” – A World War II Survival Epic Unfolds Deep in Shangri-La
- April – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- May – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A young neurosurgeon describes how, after receiving a terminal diagnosis of lung cancer, he examined his roles as a patient and as a doctor, and how he wanted to spend his final days.
- June – My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Soon to be a London play, this first in the series of four books by the anonymous Italian author begins the story of two friends in Naples.
- July – Evening by Susan Minot
Michiko Kakutani reviewed the book for the New York Times in Reviewing a Fading Life Defined by Doomed Love
- August – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
- September – About Alice by Calvin Trillin
Peter Stevenson reviews Trillin’s love letter to his wife in his New York Times article – Scenes from a Marriage
- October – The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty