IT’S DECEMBER: BE INSPIRED!

(SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?) This is the right time of year to write about books and movies that inspire, don’t you think? With the Holidays a few weeks away, we feel drawn to stories that remind us that though life may be tough, it’s also essentially wondrous, and change is always possible. In December, the first story of change and redemption that pops to mind is of course Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that most of us know from having watched it rather than read it. No matter its flaws, I love the story and can’t help … Continue reading IT’S DECEMBER: BE INSPIRED!

A.J. FIKRY’S RECOMMENDATIONS (from Island Books)

This list reflects A.J. Fikry’s love of short stories. It was compiled from the stories mentioned at the beginning of each chapter of the novel. Happy reading! (For more about the novel The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, go to TO SEE A WORLD IN A BOOKSTORE). “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” a novella, F. Scott Fitzgerald “ What Feels Like the World “ 1985 Richard Bausch “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, 1953 Flannery O’Connor (The story Amy favours) “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, 1865, Mark Twain “The Girls in their Summer Dresses”, Irwin … Continue reading A.J. FIKRY’S RECOMMENDATIONS (from Island Books)

TO SEE A WORLD IN A BOOKSTORE (updated)*

In one of the brief reading lists/life wisdom capsules written by the title character and found at the beginning of each chapter of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (2014), is the following observation: “People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?” While I would put it a little differently (and have! See THE COMMUNITY OF READERS: THE TRUE SOCIAL NETWORK and more recently in THE TEN BOOK CHALLENGE), I agree wholeheartedly with his conclusion. A.J. Fikry owns … Continue reading TO SEE A WORLD IN A BOOKSTORE (updated)*