NOTICE! SuggestedReading·com is a public ALPHA site. Nothing is guaranteed to work, no accounts or agreements are final, and any interaction you have with this site is only for testing and development and may not be saved. Cookie and IP information may be publicly exposed in the process of testing. This notice supercedes ALL other text on SuggestedReading·com. If you enjoy testing the site and write some suggested readings (book reccommendations), please SAVE THEM to resubmit when the site is stable. Thank you for visiting!
Suggested Reading

Fiction

Suggested Readings by Category

Wonder Boys: A Novel

Wonder Boys: A Novel

Michael Chabon

A great book for the type who like books about writers, about higher education, about the funny parts of the scarier sides of people, about intellectual redemption. There are those who have seen the movie, but it varies enough to make both of them worth it. Where most "writer" books deal with an artist having writer's block, this one has a pot-smoking, ne'er-do-well, philanderer who can't stop writing, and therefore, his long-awaited masterpiece goes unfinished. Is he a flash in the pan? Even his friends, students, and colleagues begin to wonder.

[Comment and vote]
(3 comments)
We the Living

We the Living

Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff

This is one powerful,triumphant and tragic story all rolled into one. You won't know which character you love/hate or respect. Brilliantly complex and written during one of Russia's most painful times. The story traces the struggle of three individuals who deperately try to find meaning in their lives during post revolution Russia. A must read!

[Comment and vote]
(No comments yet)
The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain

T. C. Boyle

Just finished reading The Tortilla Curtin, by T.C. Boyle for my book club and it was wonderful. Went fast and hard to put down. I am sure that all of us while reading this can relate to some of the events. Because I live in the south west, the immigration issue is current in my neighborhood.

[Comment and vote]
(No comments yet)
Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon

Neal Stephenson

Tour de force boundary-buster for the millennium I'd seen this novel around, studiously read by wired types whose social skills were amos certainly in inverse proportion to the Chinese takeaway and general grunge in their keyboards. I'd read the reviews and they clearly lacked perspective. Besides, at 900+ pages, no way was I going to bother here.

Then someone who knew me well gave me a copy to snap me out of gloom and if ever there was a literary epiphany, the 21st-century Renaissance savvy of Mr Stephenson delivered it.

Not just because I'm on disbelieving knees to Mr Stephenson's astonishing learning and tale-telling skills, I simply can't think of one aspect to latch onto as a summary.

What? Time-juggling tale that hops between 1942 Enigma-busting math genius and present-day crypto-hacker grandson messing with "data havens" in the...

[Comment and vote]
(No comments yet)
A Perfect Spy

A Perfect Spy

John le Carre

It may seem strange to list a mere espionovel as a reading to save from the flames, even one by the great John le Carré, but this such an extraodinary tale of loneliness and expertise that I have to place it among the books that have affected me most.

This is not just a linear story of how to wreak treachery from within but a brilliant study of what it takes and costs to pull it off when you're up against professionals and the slightest wrong move or document could prove fatal - not today, not tomorrow, not even next year, but some time.

Each of us dissembles to varying degrees and comes a cropper in equal degrees depending on who we're bamboozling. Le Carré has written a gripping, sad handbook for us all.

[Comment and vote]
(No comments yet)
Valid CSS! Valid XHTML 1.1!