When I decided to add these five books to my List, I didn’t realize there was a theme: all of them have both very poor and very good reviews on Amazon. None is universally praised. Many of the poor reviews reference the writing style not being what the reviewer is used to, that’s somehow unusual; I am always intrigued by something different in writing style. Not always a fan once I’ve read it (or tried to), but if the book captures my attention and then I find out that some people are turned off by the writing style (as opposed to quality) that just guarantees it a place on my List.
What – Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker
Who – Renata Adler
Why – Short article in New York Magazine about the author makes her and her writing sound interesting.
What – Speedboat
What – Pitch Dark
What – Beautiful Day
Who – Elin Hilderbrand
Why – “Hilderbrand has lived for two decades on Nantucket, where all 12 of her novels are set, and she understands that readers turn to her mainly for glimpses of (quote) East Coast Yankee blue-blood privilege and elitism at it’s very finest (end quote).
PLUS – 12 Novels with a similar setting, and probably theme, means that if I like the first one I read, I’ll have a 11 more to enjoy.
What – Sisterland
Who – Curtis Sittenfeld
Why – Twins with psychic abilities share a devastating secret (the summary on the best seller lists) is only a bit compelling. Seeing this book as a recommended read in almost every magazine means I need to at least try it.