Book recommendations for the holidays

If you are looking for a last minute gift for the holidays, here are six suggestions for consideration.

A Man called Ove
by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a great read, but tough start as you get full on curmudgeon in Ove from the outset. Through memories and interaction with new neighbors, you get to peel away the layers and better understand him.

Flat Broke with Two Goats
by Jennifer McGaha

Based on her own story, the author wife discovers the hard way they are flat broke with the IRS wanting even more. Getting back to nature in a run down cabin was a crazy, but interesting path forward for her family.

Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

This is a book about a woman who grew up on her own in the rustic North Carolina inlets. She is accused of a crime she did not commit. I am in the middle of this best seller and it is an enjoyable read.

The Only Woman in the Room
by Marie Benedict

This is a non-fiction novel about the actress (and scientist) Hedy LaMarr who escaped Austria and her domineering husband just prior to WWII. Her husband sold munitions to the Nazis and Italians, so she witnessed conversations as the only woman in the room including one with Mussolini and eavesdropping on Hitler berating her husband.

The Road to Character
by David Brooks

Brooks has written several good books. This non-fiction book defines the importance character plays. How we conduct ourselves matters. On this day, the president’s lack of character and common decency is underlying context to the impeachment subject.

Quiet: Introverts in a World that can’t stop talking
by Susan Cain

This is a very informational read. At one time, introversion was thought to be a deficiency that must be remedied. The book highlights how introversion finds it way into many surprising places of leadership and even with people who seem to be extroverted.

All are worth the effort, in my view.

17 thoughts on “Book recommendations for the holidays

  1. Note to Readers: I was considering adding Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book “Talking to Strangers.” Like his others, it is a good read. Even experts miss key signals on what is important.

  2. Thanks for the recommendations … not for gifts, but for ME! I’ve read A Man Called Ove, and The Only Woman In The Room (I knew we shared a taste in literature!), but have been vacillating about Where The Crawdads Sing. On your recommendation, I shall read it. I had not seen the Brooks or McGaha books, but I will check them out. Again, thanks!

    • Thanks Jill. The last two (Crawdads and Flat Broke) are based in NC, so they have additional interest to me. What books would you recommend? By the way, VJ in her second comment here, has a link to a good list of recommendations. Keith

      • I mostly read non-fiction these days … history, political, etc., but I did just recently finish Ken Follett’s “The Century Trilogy” which starts with “Fall of Giants” that takes place during WWI, and ends with “Edge of Eternity” in the 1960s-1980s, and I would highly recommend it! It follows several families through all the trials that took place during the time frame and I found it fascinating. I did check out VJ’s list, found I had read several of them, and have bookmarked the list to return to soon. Between this blog and the holidays, I haven’t had much time to read at all of late. šŸ˜„

      • Jill, those sound interesting. I love Ken Follett’s writing, whether it is historial (On the Wings of Eagles), historical based fiction (Pillars of the Earth) or novels. The other two sound good as well. Keith

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