Smith College Alumnae Reading Suggestions
From Julie Iatron '97, Literacy Program Director, Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Your reaction to these characters will change completely from the beginning to the end of this dark novel. What starts out as a seemingly normal dinner date becomes something much more twisted by the last page. I finished the book and then had to reread the last two chapters to make sure I understood how things had ended--definitely a "Wait a minute, what just happened?!?!?!" kind of ending.
The Good House by Ann Leary
This book is hysterically funny, thoughtful, and terrifying--sometimes all at once. The North Shore setting rings true, the character descriptions are wonderful, and you will sympathize and empathize with Hildy as many times as you will want to shake some sense into her. I reached a point in this book where I knew I couldn't stop reading and stayed up late into the night because I HAD to know how it ended.
|Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
"Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier.
The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives."