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NBCC Good Reads 3 [The Long Tail] Beth Gutcheon Recommends…


NBCC member Beth Gutcheon’s pick for the NBCC Good Reads Spring 2008 list, recommendations by NBCC members, awards winners and finalists:

“Beginner’s Greek” by James Collins.The marriage story hasn’t been done this well since Jane Austen, and lord knows, a lot of us have tried.  It is deftly plotted, sweetly funny and very very smart.  Really delicious.

I’d love to see a list like this once a year or so of the old/ out of print/ however one wants to put it books we are reading.  I see the drawback, there would be no critical mass anywhere, but for instance, a reader sent me a disgusting old copy of “Sincerely Willis Wade,” JP Marquand, and I loved it, and now I’m reading “Constantinople, the City of the World’s Desire” by Philip Mansel and it’s fabulous.  Who knew?—Beth Gutcheon