Book recommendations welcome.

Okay, folks.  Need your help with this one.  I received a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble from my boss for Christmas.  Unfortunately I haven’t the slightest idea what to get from my local B&N.

So I’m going to turn this one over to you.  Recommend a book to me.  I do have a couple of preferences:

I’d like to keep the out-of-pocket expense at a minimum.  Say, no more than $5.  So your choice can go as high as $25 in price – roughly the cost of one brand new hardcover.

My preference is fiction.  New or old, it doesn’t matter, so long as it’s fiction.

It must be available at Barnes & Noble.

Now, my filthy assistants,  go!


5 thoughts on “Book recommendations welcome.

  1. Jeffrey Eugenides — Middlesex.

    “The narrator and protagonist, Calliope Stephanides (later called “Cal”), an intersexed person of Greek descent, has 5-alpha-reductase deficiency. The bulk of the novel is devoted to telling his coming-of-age story growing up in Detroit, Michigan in the late 20th century. This story, however, is intertwined with elements of a family saga, meditations on the era’s zeitgeist and bits of contemporary history.”

    Excellent novel, and easy to see why it won the pulitzer (:

  2. Paul Auster. I recommend reading him chronologically, New York Trilogy first. (It’s three books in one normal-sized volume, no threat to your budget.) And of course anything by grandfather McCarthy.

  3. After Dark by Haruki Murakami. It’s a surrealist portrait of three stories that interconnect throughout a night in Tokyo. It’s dark without being overbearingly gritty.

    Also, I’d second Middlesex, it’s definitely a very well-written take on such an interesting subject.

  4. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. It’s a modern classic, and a western, but unlike any other western at all. It’s bleak and philosophical and incredibly violent. The writing is difficult, but if you pay attention it’s one of the best-written books out there.

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