I may not always share Oprah’s taste in books, but I certainly admire the way she makes people want to read. In my dream world, she happens upon my book, loves it and invites me on her show, after which I never have to work again. Not that I have a book. Yet.
This week, Oprah.com published a list of 15 New Yorkers’ Favorite Books, which includes some of our favorite women. Here are some highlights.
“When I was growing up, I was a voracious reader; I loved sitting in my house and jumping into new worlds … Reading was a way to make friends or enemies, a way to discover how all these different people exist in the world.”
I Like You, by Amy Sedaris
Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott
“I’m a little obsessed with stories about middle-aged men who can’t grow up. I’m interested because I don’t want to be blindsided by aging. I don’t want to wake up one day and say, ‘Wait a second! Who is this person looking back at me?'”
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
The Whole Woman, by Germaine Greer
The Ministry of Special Cases, by Nathan Englander
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
Wild Swans, by Jung Chang
The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, by Melissa Bank
Others on the list include Nora Ephron, Liz Smith, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, Keri Russell — and a few good men, too. Check out all 15 New Yorkers and their books and tell us what you think.
My favorite books of the moment? I’d have to say The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a unique Young Adult book by Brian Selznick that combines text and detailed drawings to tell a story. I’ve never seen anything like it and I recommend it without reservation. Plus, it’s gorgeous. I’m about to start The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, so it probably will be my favorite by the end of the weekend. I’m fickle like that.
How about you? What books have made a difference to you? What is your favorite book right now?