In the September issue of The Writer, staff writers and contributing editors expounded on what, to each of them, are must-read classics. I decided to compile my own list. Here it is, not by any means exclusive:
1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. A defining piece of literature for the boomer generation. I lost my naiveté to this book.
2. For Whom The Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway. That man can tell a story!
3. A Bright Shining Lie, by Neil Sheehan. As if the horrors of the Vietnam War weren’t enough, Sheehan adds the political shenanigans that did nothing except up the casualties.
4. As They Were, by MFK Fisher. Pack your bags. Fisher is the reader’s five senses. It’s like a trip to Provence without TSA.
5. Anything by P,G. Wodehouse. Let’s face it. You gotta laugh at the exaggerated antics of Bertie Wooster, poster child of the British Idle Rich. This is my go-to reading when life overwhelms me.