The Bibliophile File

After reading and rereading the last several pages of A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles, I realized I harbor (apologies; it’s the only word) a list of “most favored books and authors,” as many do, and I wanted to give art and artist their own cove, as it were. A website might constitute one’s geography in a sense (among other ologies), and as such, I am inaugurating a link to these beloveds—in case you’re stranded in a moment of ennui and would welcome a diversion. Naturally, I hope you’ll consider mine, but that’s much beside the point. Note that I have omitted pre-twentieth century writers, and many from that century whose contributions have already been well established.

The fiction bookcase is off-stage to the left. No doubt, doing fiction stuff.

Someone once entreated me, “After falling in love with a certain book, just go ahead and read everything the author has written, as soon as possible!” She went on to warn that the sentiment, or “window,” if you will, would be available for only a short time. The fascination might well melt—like a dream sequence.

Be it fiction or nonfiction, I have practiced this exhortation somewhat, though with Dickens, or a couple of the Russians, it would mean I’d be tethered to them alone for a very long while, and there are just so many extraordinary writers out there. Here are a few, in alphabetical order (occasionally paired with a particular volume or series.) As the shy, or, the more indignant (never!) candidates reveal themselves to me, I will amend my list. This is not a complete listing, nor could ever be. An observation: I believe we are in an age of poetry at present, and I’ve only just begun to crack that magic cupboard, beginning with 2021’s Inauguration poet, Amanda Gorman. I’ll require another list.

Speaking of poetry . . . the reviews by Linda Spears (Film and Television Production Sound Recorder), of my latest novels, Starwallow and The Simpler. Her thoughts are short, witty, and (may it be) enticing. I beg your indulgence:

Starwallow and The Simpler~reviewed on March 21, 2021 on Amazon and GoodReads:

“Scenes of intimacy that are fluent and dense. Lives are lived between the momentous, as lives must be. This book takes the ordinary and turns it mystical. The setting is the mild, wild west. In this second book in a trilogy, characters are further illuminated. They are lit. And each authentic character continues to inspire. It’s a story of foundational connections that may be broken but never vanish.”

The Simpler~

“An astounding ending to a remarkable trilogy. . . [begins Spears, though work in the fourth is in progress] Okay [she continues] . . . how often do you read a book that has an ending that is utterly unforeseen? Ready to have your mind twisted? The writing is haunting, lush and soul-piercing.”

My deep gratitude to the sound recorder, whose auscultation (regarding the impression a book has made in her heart) are so beautifully rendered into words. Something of the sort, if not so fine-tuned and trained, leaves a pulse in my heart for the following:

Diane Ackerman

Ray Bradbury

Marion Zimmer Bradley—The Mists of Avalon

Chris Cleave—Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Amanda Coplin—The Orchardist

Anthony Doerr—All the Light We Cannot See

Louise Erdrich

Diana Gabaldon—The Outlander Series

Elizabeth Gilbert—The Signature of All Things

N.K. Jemisin—The Fifth Season

Robin Wall Kemmerer—Braiding Sweetgrass

Barbara Kingsolver

Madeleine L’Engle

John O’ Donahue—Eternal Echoes, Exploring Our Yearning to Belong

Louise Penny

Rosamunde Pilcher—The Shell Seekers

Richard Powers—The Overstory

Wallace Stegner

Mary Stewart

Amor Towles—The Gentleman in Moscow

Julie Yip-Williams—The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

4 thoughts on “The Bibliophile File

  1. Priscilla Bettis March 26, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    I learned a new word: auscultation.:-) Great list of great authors!


    • renée carrier March 26, 2021 / 5:41 pm

      Thank you, Priscilla, and isn’t it though?–I mean the word, but the list too. And I’m finally cracking the brain book, but HO! had to get cheaters for the very small print in the paperback…

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  2. Susan Lohmuller March 27, 2021 / 7:07 am

    The “magic cupboard of poetry” door cracked open and this book fell out into my lap and heart: Poetry of Presence, an Anthology of Mindflness Poems, edited by Phyllis Cole-Dai & Ruby Wilson. I believe that Phyllis is a neighbor of yours, as defined by our western parameter for “neighbor”.


    • renée carrier March 27, 2021 / 7:43 am

      Good morning, Susan, I thought I just replied, but it went into wherever goes. I enjoy Tara Brach’s podcast, especially on mindfulness. I’m not acquainted with Phyllis nor the book, but will take a peek. Thank you for the read and suggestion. Take care!


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