The Desiderata of Happiness by Max Ehrmann
What is next on my list (Because we all loved middlesex) - Strip away the semiotics and intertextuality, and The Marriage Plot is a simple, old-fashioned story, almost a curio: a book that hinges on whom a woman decides to marry. With Brown University as a backdrop and graduation looming, the bright, rather jumpy Madeleine is torn between the charismatic Leonard and earnest, lovelorn Mitchell.
"People are really reading a lot into this bandana [that Leonard wears]. The bandana actually comes from Axl Rose, from Guns N' Roses..." Jeffrey Eugenides on NPR's Fresh Air
"What makes 'The Art of Fielding' so affecting is that it captures these people at that tipping point in their lives when their dreams, seemingly within reach, suddenly lurch out of their grasp (perhaps temporarily, perhaps forever), reminding them of their limitations and the random workings of fate." (review by Michiko Kakutani)