Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman. Funny, sad, touching, and original.
True Grit by Charles Portis. I never thought I’d love a Western, but the teen girl narrator is hilarious.
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison. Character-driven, road trip novel. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to read everything else by this author.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Thriller with a great twist. And then another great twist! And then another great twist!
How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson. Funny and smart, and I totally relate to the older-woman-who-goes-back-to-work storyline.
Madwoman in the Volvo by Sandra Tsing Lo. Menopause memoir. Laugh through your hot flashes.
Robin by Dave Itzkoff. The complicated genius that was Robin Williams, in a warts and all bio.
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin. Wealthy Patty Hearst gets kidnapped, robs a bank, hides in plain sight. Plus shootouts court trials, kidnapper love affair, bodyguard love affair, and Reagan. Truth is way stranger than fiction.
Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Not as good as the musical, but nothing is. A fascinating life.
Story Genius by Lisa Cron. Writing how-to book that lives up to its name.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus. The Breakfast Club plus murder.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee. Action-packed, funny historical novel starring a wealthy, gay, short teenage boy.
Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Funny, uplifting novel about an African-American kid who runs track.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall. Like a modern day Little Women—and no one dies!
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty. Can’t go wrong with a combo of math genius, friendship, an animal shelter, and a cool grandma.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Appreciated its gorgeous writing and brilliant plotting even more after knowing the ending.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. Just as funny and heartwarming as it felt to me 40 years ago.