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11 March 2015

A few books I've enjoyed

I have family in town, and unlike the stereotypical disaster that proposition holds for some, I love having them here.  This is because they are not only good people and extremely funny, but because they are readers.  A few days ago I was asked what books and authors I've really enjoyed lately.  Here is my response:

Some favorites


Songbook by Umberto Saba
Canti by Leopardi
Love poems by Pablo Neruda


Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
My brilliant friend by Elena Ferrante
The Maias by Eça de Quieros
Club of Angels by Luis Fernando Verissimo
Maidenhair by Mikhail Shishkin
Ways of going home by Alejandro Zambra
My Struggle [vol.1] by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Nada by Carmen Laforet
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust 
Piano Stories by Felisberto Hernandez
The Insufferable Gaucho by Roberto Bolaño 
All Souls by Javier Marías


The consolations of philosophy by Alain de Botton
The architecture of happiness by Alain de Botton
A time of gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Between the woods and the water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Danube by Claudio Magris
The story of art by E. H. Gombrich
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
An intimate history of humanity by Theodore Zeldin
The art of happiness by Epicurus 
Wind, Sand, and Stars by Antoine de Saint-exupéry
Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah
The art of travel by Alain de Botton


  1. How wonderful to share books and reading with your family! My mother and my son's passion for literature comes close to mine, but not quite. ;) I love many of the books you've mentioned here as well, particularly My Brilliant Friend and Swann's Way. (I'm currently in Part 3 of The Guermantes' Way) But, I have never developed an affection for Roberto Bolano, try as I might through The Savage Detectives and 2666.