Last night I went out to dinner with our friends Arla and Jesse and Bonnie and George. Arla and Jesse are just emerging from the baby-making madness, with a 3 1/2 year old and an 18 month old, and Bonnie and George are expecting their first in 8 weeks.
Arla was so full of beans. She'd just finished reading 'What I loved', one of my favourite books. I was so excited that she had the same reaction as me: reading it compulsively until late into the night, and then being so involved with the characters that she missed them when it was over.
It's also an Art book, and we talked happily about the bacchanalian art parties we would like to throw. So I think the next obvious book for her to read is Emly Bitto's 'The Strays', about Sunday and John Reed.
Anyway, Arla asked for some recommendations. Here they are, my favourite books from the last 3 years or so.
The Tin Drum- Gunter Grass
Bossypants- Tina Fey
May we be forgiven- AM Homes
Just Kids- Patti Smith
Slouching Towards Bethlehem- Joan Didion
My Misspent Youth- Megham Daum
My Brilliant Career- Miles Franklin
Crossing to Safety- Wallace Stegner
The Convalescent- Jessica Anthony
Let the Great World Spin- Colum McCann
Summertime- JM Coetzee
A rag-tag list, indeed.