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.
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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.