One of my all-time favorites:
'Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follet.
Another all-time fav is "The Art of Loving", by can't remember who (some very old guy), sorry, but full of insight. Update: Remembered his name: Eric Fromme
Recently finished "Angels & Demons" (predessor to the ever popular "DaVinci Code"). Also have (finally) "DaVinci Code and Colin Powell's book on leadership in front of me. And before that the last of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series.
Always at least one book on the table top. There's a little one that sits there that I occassionally open to a random page, as a 'thought for the day', called "50 Things That Really Matter".
I see two recommendations for David Sedaris. Tell me more - what does he write about? What's his style like?
And what of Jose Saramago? Tell me more, please!
seattlesunshine write: Great list! The Jose Saramago books are on my summer reading list. How did you find the translations?
Others recently read:
The Way to Love, Anthony de Mello
Passionate Marriage, David Schnarch
Q, Luther Blissett
Queen of Dreams, Divakaruni
The Inner Voice of Love, Nouwen
Radical Healing, R. Ballentine, MD
Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim, David Sedaris
If only David Sedaris would write another book, my summer reading list would be perfect!
I agree, "Me Talk Pretty One Day" was hilarious -- I saw Sedaris here a year or two ago and he was brilliant. I'll have to check out the books you recommended. Saramago's translations were excellent and his prose is poetic. Don't judge him only on "Blindness" which is great in its own right but very different from his other books.