A Quarter-Century of Favorites
Whitney Matheson, author of USA Today’s award-winning Pop Candy blog, shares her 25 favorite books from the last 25 years. Her choices include:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott 808.02
Lamott offers valuable advice to aspiring authors on all aspects of writing.
Darkness Visible by William Styron B Styron
Styron writes with great honesty about the deep depression that led him to the edge of suicide.
Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith FIC
Ivy Rowe may not have become a professional writer but her life proved her to be a born storyteller.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
A young man shares stories about his life in a nonconventional memoir.
Just Kids by Patti Smith B SMITH
Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith meet as young, struggling artists in New York and develop a deep bond that lasts throughout their lives.
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 814
Essays by Sedaris detail the quirky details of his family life, sparing no one, including himself.
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin B
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt partner to lead the nation through a time of crisis and strife.
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving FIC
Two young boys playing baseball are involved in a freak accident that changes lives forever.