Book Suggestions

May 24, 2010

I’m in desperate need of some new reading matter; have any of you got any suggestions for a lad?

Comment below!

2 Responses to “Book Suggestions”

  1. Jane Says:

    Try the the little stranger by Sarah Waters, it will send some shivers up your spine. The book of old Brass is also good for the antiques collector. Good reading.

  2. S Says:

    How much time have you got? 🙂

    You might enjoy The Awakening by Kate Chopin. That little book about a woman’s mental and sexual emancipation changed my life and inspired my writing. Whatever I am, Chopin is largely to thank (blame). I must warn you, though…the sea is vital to the story, so it makes the recent Gulf oil spill all the more heart wrenching.

    I bet you’d also like the short stories of Ambrose Bierce. He is a master of both the horrors of war and the supernatural. His writing is by turns witty as Wilde (“Curried Cow,” “My Favorite Murder,” The Devil’s Dictionary) and dark as Poe (“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” “Chickamauga,” “The Boarded Window’), so it’s hard not to love him.

    Speaking of horror, two of the most frightening books (though not in the traditional sense) I’ve ever read are Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle and George Orwell’s 1984.

    As for antiques, I’m currently reading Fashionable Mourning Jewelry, Clothing & Customs by Mary Brett. It’s a Schiffer Art book, so it has the look and feel of DeLorme’s Mourning Art & Jewelry with thick, glossy pages showcasing lots of gorgeous pictures. Brett discusses what happened inside a Victorian home from a person’s deathbed to his funeral, gives a thorough overview of memorial photography, and just touches on mourning jewelry and clothing. There isn’t going to be much new information for an expert such as yourself, and the last 70 pages are simply a reprint of Mark Campbell’s Art of Hairwork, so I don’t recommend purchasing it, but do check it out if your library has a copy or if you can get it via interlibrary loan. Brett’s book is not nearly as in depth or polished as DeLorme’s, but it’s worth looking into for the mouthwatering jewelry pics and the rare photos of brides in mourning alone.

    If none of those are up your alley, there’s always Twilight! I’m joking! Put down that stick!

    What about you? Have any recommendations?

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