The Favorite Books of Laura Shea

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Cat's Cradle

by Kurt Vonnegut

Stephanie Shelan Katz from New York City says:

This was my first introduction to Vonnegut in high school and remains one of my favorite books. Cat's Cradle follows the narrator's quest to write a book about what people were doing during the Hiroshima bombing, including the interesting people and ideas he discovers along the way. It's science fiction, political (and religious) satire and philosophy all squished together with some humor. My favorite part is the religion of Bokonism. This is a book to read over and over. Enjoy!

This book also appears on In Honor of Darwin, A Menagerie of Species


The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

by Art Spiegelman

Alan Kennedy says:

Maybe the most famous graphic novel of all, and deservedly so. A watershed, Pulitzer-prize winner about Jewish life under the Nazis, moving from Poland to Queens, and based on the author's own family. The Jews are mice, the Nazi's are cats, and the book is maybe the most engaging book ever written about the horrors of the Holocaust and its aftermath among the European Jewish diaspora.


Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Seachanges says:

I reread this book on the beach last summer and felt as enthralled by it as the first time round. There are different views on this book, ranging from "It nearly finished me. It was like having an illness" (Robert Louis Stevenson, in admiration) to Peter Kemp of the Sunday Times, who dismisses the book as so much hysteria and hallucination. I loved it again, especially the mood swings and the writer’s craft to evoke these fantastic scenes of poverty and degeneration in St. Petersburg, and uses these as the background for a fantastic literary detective story.


In the Sewers of Lvov: A Heroic Story of Survival from the Holocaust

by Robert Marshall

Peter from Flashlight Worthy says:

I've never read this book but I've read Leon Uris' Mila 18 which is a fictional telling of a similar story. Based on how excellent that book was, and how much I trust Laura's taste in books, consider this one added to my "must-read" list.


A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

Judy from Norwalk, CA says:

This was the first of Irving's books I ever read and it made me fall in love. I'm in love with the characters in the book and with John Irving himself. Many years later, I'm still in love with him and although I've read almost all of his books since that time, Owen Meany is still my first love. That being said, I think I'll grab my copy and read it again.


The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

Jessica says:

The first paragraph alone is enough to hook you. Throughout this book you'll laugh, you'll cry, and (in my case) I finished reading it with a heavy heart. You feel as if the characters you're reading about are your closest friends or family, it's almost as if you were in the war with them. That's the trait of a great novel: to feel as if you are part of the story, sharing their lives. Read this, you'll love it.