You notice I didn't say "Best Reads Ever". I'm finding that dragging a top ten list out of people is no easy task. I thought it was a challenge to get ten out of my mom, but this deal with my sister was no cakewalk either! Straight away, she declared that since I didn't give her fair warning before she left home to visit my parents down here in IN, and that she couldn't peruse her bookshelves in Minnesota, that I would just have to suffice with her more pleasurable reads that she could think of. So before I list them, I will preface it by saying that my sister is not a big book-reader. She is an artist and an indie movie critic (she has a day job, but that just provides cash to support her habits), which I think makes the list all the more fascinating. She has great taste in music, and has her own movie blog here. So here goes:
The Road - Cormac McCarthy: This one stayed with me for a long time as well. I'm very excited to see my Viggo tackle this little project.
Planet Hong Kong - David Bordwell: All about Hong Kong film, which is my sister's passion.
The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom - Slavomir Rawicz: A true story about three prisoners who break out from a Siberian prison and walk to India, where they find freedom.
Jimmy Corrigan - Chris Ware: One my sister's favorite graphic novels, differentiated by its incredible sense of detail. Also a bit of quirky humor.
In the Heart of the Sea - Nathanial Philbrick: A true story about a group of men whose 19th-century whaleship went down in the Pacific ocean, and survived on a lifeboat for 93 days. This same author wrote the amazing "Mayflower", which is probably my favorite historical non-fiction book of all time.
Coming Home Crazy - Bill Holm: An essayist relays his thoughts about traveling in China in the '80's. The stories rang pretty true to my sister, who spent over a year in China, studying the language and art.
The Unsettling of America - Wendell Berry: One of the greatest thinkers of all time is a farmer. Everyone should be required to read this.
Red Azalea - Anchee Min: A riveting memoir of Communist China in the Cultural Revolution.
In Defense of Food - Michael Pollen: The amazing follow-up to "An Omnivore's Delimma".
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami: "Elements of the fantastic and humor into tales of modern alienation". Haruki's best.