Deb's Recommended Reading

Anne Tyler is my literary idol. I study her writing and enjoy her books immensely. There's good reason she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons. And I recommend every other Ann Tyler book I've read, including The Accidental Tourist, Back When We Were Grownups, Celestial Navigation, and Patchwork Planet. Great mainstream fiction.
No wonder nearly every novel John Grisham writes ends up on the big screen. I read The Brethren on an all-day train ride and couldn't put it down. I must admit, though, I was rooting for the bad guys to the very last page.

I just finished The Summons and highly recommend that one also. A great rainy-day, all-day read.
Bi-plane pilot Richard Bach is perhaps best known for his classic novella Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which I must admit I've never read. But I have read Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah twice, perfect for a plane ride or a lazy afternoon. One and Bridge Across Forever are excellent, as well.
I love true adventure. Peter Jenkins is the best travel writer I've read thus far, including the fascinating two-part account of his five-year walk across America in books entitled--you guessed it--A Walk Across America and The Walk West. And you can follow those up with Across China and Along The Edge of America, the latter being about Jenkins' solo journey by boat along the Gulf Coast. I especially enjoy reading about the real characters the author meets on his travels.
Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life is a book about writing that's actually fun to read. Hard to believe, I know, but take my word for it. She shares some excellent tips, such as listening to your broccoli and writing bad first drafts.
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