If You Could Recommend One Book
People have been sending me quite a few comment diversion suggestions of late, and rather than let them pile out as I dole them out over the next several months, I thought we'd help move the summer along with a few more diversions sprinkled throughout the week (or as long as the emailed suggestions hold up).
Today's comes from Julia, and her suggestion is appropriate for the summer (if you're not marathon-ing TV), and it is essentially this: If you could recommend one book (only one 1) to friends, loved ones, mistresses,etc., what would that one book be.
Recommendations of more than one book will be met with shame, and I will give you the stink-eye over the computer. More than one suggestion dilutes the power of your other suggestions, which renders them completely useless to humanity. Anyone can recommend a handful of books, but it takes some serious courage to have your entire taste in novels rest on one (1) recommendation. And yes: We will judge you. Harshly. Therein lies the joy of this diversion. Don't be afraid to play, lurkers. If at least one person doesn't end up in tears, we have failed as a "bitchy" community.
One book. (1). Go.
(Mine: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers. Judge harshly and without mercy.)