A Few Favorites from Jeanne Ray
I started reading very early with Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames. As I matured, I liked biographies of famous women, and I still enjoy gossipy memoirs by local famous women.
I loved Diana Athill’s memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, and Carolyn G. Heilbrun’s The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty.
I’ve read everything about and by the Mitford sisters. My all-time favorite writers are Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh, and Graham Greene.
My other favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Margaret Atwood, Gale Godwin, Annie Dillard, Gabriel García Márquez, Dave Eggers, Steven King, and Sylvia Plath.
I recently read a few creative and remarkable novels: Jane Gardam’s Old Filth, Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang, Pat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy about World War I, and Jeannette Haien’s The All of It.
My motto: read everything you can, all the time.