"Stop-Time: A Memoir" by Frank Conroy. Just finished reading this after hearing a recommendation from Nancy Pearl...she's read everything and this is her favorite memoir of all time. Written in 1967 and tells the coming of age story of Conroy through the Depression and into young adulthood. It was a truly great read!
When I have been asked, as I often have, if my childhood in the south was idyllic, I respond by saying "In a Flannery O'Conner kind of way." The dark truths of the rural south are celebrated in language that is at once rich in musicality, and elegant in its restraint.
Goodbye, Columbus is the story of Neil Klugman and pretty, spirited Brenda Patimkin, he of poor Newark, she of suburban Short Hills, who meet one summer break and dive into an affair that is as much about social class and suspicion as it is about love. The novella is accompanied by five short stories that range in tone from the iconoclastic to the astonishingly tender and that illuminate the subterranean conflicts between parents and children and friends and neighbors in the....
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. I just finished an absolutely loved every minute of it. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be surrounded with the same intellectual powers as Hemingway was. In his normal stark-but-beautiful tone he creates an alluring portrait of the Paris the Lost Generation experienced. I loved this more personal view of Hemingway himself.