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. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott  808.02 L
Lamott offers valuable advice to aspiring authors on all aspects of writing.   

Darkness Visible. 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. Fair and Tender Ladies by Lee Smith FIC SMI
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. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers B EGGERS
A young man shares stories about his life in a nonconventional memoir.  

Just Kids. 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. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris 814 S
Essays by Sedaris detail the quirky details of his family life, sparing no one, including himself.  

No Ordinary Time. No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin B ROOSEVELT
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt partner to lead the nation through a time of crisis and strife.  

A Prayer for Owen Meany. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving FIC IRV
Two young boys playing baseball are involved in a freak accident that changes lives forever.


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