Book Recommendations

About My Recommendations

There are many sources for book reviews, and I will share some of my favorites elsewhere on this site.  The recommendations that follow are my own and are mostly taken from my reviews on Goodreads and/or Amazon.  These books were chosen according to my own reading preferences.

I do not wish to read for any other purpose, including providing reviews.  I recommend them because I enjoyed them and found them worthy of four or five stars on Goodreads.  My “to read” list is too long and there are too many wonderful books yet to be written and discovered for me to finish a book  I wouldn’t recommend.

I understand that there are those who will disagree with my opinions and am happy with that.  There are enough books out there to please every reader!


Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

The Game Master by William Bernhardt (Oklahoma author)

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds

The Wind Comes Sweeping by Marcia Preston (Oklahoma author)

Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

The Sky Took Him by Donis Casey (Oklahoma author)

The Children’s Book by A.S. Byatt

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee by Talya Tate Boerner (NEARK author)

The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (Oklahoma author)


The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer

Murder on the Floodways by Harold G. Walker (SEMO author)

Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books by Lynne Sharon Swartz

Sharing the Journey: Women Reflecting on Life’s Passages edited by Katherine Ball Ross

My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop  edited by Ronald Rice

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review  edited by Pamela Paul

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry

Dimestore: A Writer’s Life by

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