Debra Garfinkle (dlgarfinkle) wrote,
Debra Garfinkle
dlgarfinkle

My Favorite Books

I read/listened to 71 books this year. Here are my top ten:

Novels:
THE GOOD HOUSE by Ann Leary. Character-driven novel with great humor and heart.
THE HUSBAND’S SECRET by Liane Moriarty. Fast-paced novel with three wonderful protagonists.
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes. Romance, sadness, depth.
LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER by Jojo Moyes. Once I started this book, I resented everything in my life that got in the way of finishing it.
INFINITE JEST by David Foster Wallace. Incredibly long, with little plot and no real ending. Also hilarious, brilliant, and unique.

Nonfiction:
WHY WE GET FAT by Gary Taubes. New York Times science reporter explains why carbs and sugar are so unhealthy. The book changed the way I eat and helped me lose a little weight.
LEAN IN: WOMEN, WORK, AND THE WILL TO LEAD by Sheryl Sandberg. A modern feminist manifesto. Loved it despite the guilt it induced about spending only nine years as a lawyer.
I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK by Nora Ephron. Funny, warm, intelligent essay collection.  Why, oh, why did she have to die?
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY, HOLLYWOOD, AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF by Lawrence Wright. Mesmerizing and terrifying. Reading about the evils of Scientology gave me nightmares.
EVERY GHOST STORY IS A LOVE STORY: A LIFE OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE by D.T. Max. Well-written biography of a fascinating, brilliant, flawed, mentally ill writer.
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