Reader’s Choice: Luke’s Favorite Reads

Each month members of the Matchmakers create new bookmarks for patrons to take home with them. The lists of books cover a range of themes and genres, from Slice of Life Fiction to Thrillers & Chillers. You can pick one up at any of the reference or circulation desks.
A couple of years ago, I made a bookmark that featured some of my favorite books to recommend. I am updating the list to include more of my all-time favorite authors. I hope you enjoy the picks, and happy reading!
Sunset Park by Paul Auster
“A coming-of-age story set in Brooklyn. This book got me hooked on Paul Auster’s writing.”
The Insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolano
“Five interesting stories from the acclaimed Latin American writer.”
Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan
“One of my favorite novels by a counterculture icon of the 1960s.”
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
“Literary escapades at a Pittsburgh college. Great movie, too.”
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
“Parallel narratives converge on the road from Chicago to Wyoming. Local Author.”
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Romance, philosophy, and mental illness at Brown.”
Monsignor Quixote by Graham Greene
“Funny and entertaining rendition of the Quixote tale.”
The Headmaster’s Papers by Richard Hawley
“I used to read this book every fall at the beginning of the school year. Former head of a Cleveland boys’ school.”
Journey to the East by Hermann Hesse
“This book got me started on Hesse.”
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
“Adventure, history, and romance from one of the greatest writers of all time.”
Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
“Enlightenment in the mountains of California.”
Immortality by Milan Kundera
“Kundera’s greatest novel.”
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
“A memoir of moving to Italy. Unique dual-language format in English and Italian.”
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“Star-crossed love from the master of magical realism.”
Story of My Life by Jay McInerney
“Adrenaline fueled nights in 1980s New York”
“Murakami compares the craft of writing to his running regimen.”
East, West by Salman Rushdie
“Highly readable stories from a renowned figure in modern world literature.”
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
“Required reading for short story enthusiasts.”
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
“Recent collection of stories by one of my favorite contemporary authors.”
A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
“The final word from one of the most unique voices in American literature.”

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