The Kindle was made for Snow Days.
Many will work from home today, and all praise to those good souls. But at some point even the obsessively dedicated will be tempted to step back from the spreadsheet on the screen to play. Most, I suspect, will binge on something they might have watched from a couch. Others — you know who you are — might choose to read a book.
So I made a list of books. Short books. Books you can read in a few hours. Books that not only feed your head and heart, but also give you a sense of accomplishment — in a time so busy and fraught that it’s hard to get through something long, you get to brag to yourself: Hey, I read a book.
George Hodgman takes a leave of absence from his life in New York to take care of his mother in Paris — Paris, Missouri.
Born Standing up
Steve Martin’s funny/sad memoir of a childhood largely spent working at Disneyland and finding his vocation.
Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra
So much dish from Sinatra’s butler you’ll have stories for days.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The editor of French Elle had a stroke. He blinked this book. (If you must cheat, Julian Schnabel’s film is gorgeous.)
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
Bill Bryson. Growing up in Des Moines in the 1950s. Laughter is guaranteed.
The Tender Bar
J.R. Moehringer’s father abandons his family when JR. is just a toddler. His uncle is a bartender. A village of men attend to J.R. I wish I could be reading this for the first time.
Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
How the hooker heroine of Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” became a lovable icon.
In 168 riveting pages, you will come to believe Winston Churchill saved the world.
A happily married couple, a bright idea and its unanticipated consequences. 6 weeks, 3 characters, 7,000 words shorter than “Gatsby.”
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