At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, I will be joining an illustrious panel at Books & Books in the Gables to discuss book recommendations. Of way more interest than me are the other panelists: writers Edwidge Danticat and Diana Abu-Jaber, columnist Ana Menendez (who deserves special mention because she is a veteran of the Herald's Neighbors sections, as am I, which is kind of like being a veteran of foreign wars, only more bloody) and Chauncey Mabe, the book editor from That Paper That Shall Not Be Named to the north.
I'm not sure how successful this will be, since people tend to yell at me about my recommendations and tell me I'm an idiot and there's a good chance Mr. Mabe and I will sit around discussing The Wire, with which we are both obsessed. But I'm hoping some fun will be had.
In the spirit of recommending good books, I will pass along two that readers keep recommending to me: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (yes, I know I'm the only person who hasn't read it yet) and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Should I read them? Should I skip them? Should I tell the people recommending them to me to leave me alone, that I have more than enough to read?