A Husband’s Top Picks

I’ll be commenting on this line-up over the next week or so.  I’ve read some, but not all.  What does your man’s list look like?

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26 thoughts on “A Husband’s Top Picks

  1. amyg

    the last thing i remember my husband reading was some dave ramsey book and that was enough for me. i’ve yet to try and get him to read again. i live with a non-reader and that works for me (less pressure when i write my stuff that i have to censor it for him!)

  2. Lyra

    Our library shelves are overflowing, so I grabbed a stack on top of one of the shelves. I know two are the most recent, so I think I may have come across his just-read-nowhere-to-put-these pile.
    Every Man Dies Alone- Hans Fallada
    The Finkler Question- Howard Jacobson
    The Winter Vault- Anne Michaels
    Jernigan- David Gates
    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk- David Sedaris
    What Becomes- AL Kennedy
    (the last two were gifts from me, so I’m not certain if he’s read them yet)

    1. Teri Post author

      I tried the Hans Fallada book — which I figured I’d love — and just couldn’t get through it. Maybe it was bad timing. Everyone I know who’s read it has loved it.

      And I will read anything David Sedaris writes. Anything.

  3. Downith

    Usually only non-fiction and usually only on holiday. The last two were a biography of Warren Buffett and a book about the banking crisis.

    1. Teri Post author

      See, that’s what I *should* be reading … just thinking about numbers and finance makes me want to lie down and nap.

  4. erikamarks

    All non-fiction, but always good juicy stuff.

    On his reading stand now:
    STIFF, by Mary Roach
    THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, by Naomi Klein
    THE $1,000 GENOME, by Kevin Davies

    I have come to love skimming through some of his selections–there was one about the early days of surgery that I couldn’t put down…

    1. Teri Post author

      If you’ve not read BONK by Mary Roach — basically a history of sex — you might give it a try. I’ve not read it, but I went to hear her read from it about a year ago and it sounds hilarious. So thanks for the indirect reminder that I need to read it too!

  5. Deb

    Lots of historical non-fiction. He collected a lot of books from WWII era Finland when I started writing my book and it took off from there. Fiction is almost exclusively Grisham and Connelly outside of a couple of Finnish authors.

  6. MacDougal Street Baby

    The man reads more in a day than I read in a month. He devours every kind of genre. Recently I saw him laying on the couch, captivated by A Splintered History of Wood. I wish I had his stamina.

    1. Teri Post author

      I hear you MSB — my husband reads way more, and way more variety, than me. He puts my reading list to shame. Of course if I could stay awake past 9 pm that might help …

  7. Les

    Well, I don’t *have* a man, but I am one:). I’ve only read five of those, but the rest look inticing. Right now I’m reading Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants. Just finished Paul Auster’s Sunset Park and a facinating book on Bach’s Cello Suites. Gonna start working on a biography of Humphrey Bogart.

    1. Teri Post author

      Ha Les!! You man you. I’ve never read anything by Paul Auster, but he’s always been on my “should read” list. I just started TOWNIE, a new memoir by Andre Dubus III — which is excellent so far.

  8. lisahgolden

    Oh my gosh, Les! Your reading list is the stuff I took out of the library and took back before I got to read it. Sunset Park AND the book about Bach’s Cello Suites. Should I get both again? I did finish Water for Elephants, but as an audio book while I was doing a lot of driving.

    1. Les

      In my opinion, yes. Go back and get both. I blue through each in a couple of days. And neither takes an 80-page warm-up, something that’s become a pet peeve of mine.

      1. lisahgolden

        Thanks, Les! I’ll put them on hold right away. And I share your opinion about the Franzen characters. I got to Chapter 8, I think, and had to walk away from Patty and that whole mess.

  9. Les

    I think you’d like Auster. In Sunset Park I think he succeeded in creating a bunch of quirky, flawed characters who are nonetheless likable, unlike our favorite guy Franzen who created flawed characters I wanted to strangle. Or at least shoot at.

    Oh, and I bought the Cleopatra book, too :).

  10. Laura

    Lots of nonfiction, especially Michael Lewis. Photography books and journals. Random, charming finds from thrift stores. Mostly, though, he’s not into physical books (alas!) and prefers to read articles online, books on his e-reader, etc.

    Oh, and he does like Cormac McCarthy; we have several McCarthy books and I think he acquired most of them.

    This is a great topic!

  11. Sherry Stanfa-Stanley

    I found this fascinating. All the adult men throughout my life (my two grown sons, ex-husband and father) have read non-fiction almost exclusively. The only one I’ve ever been able to steer toward fiction is my 21-year-old, but I have to carefully hand-pick those. I’d love to read a psychological analysis of this. I applaud Les (yay, Les) for attempting Water for Elephants.

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