Top Ten Favorite Books of All Times
by Suzanne Jenkins
1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I discovered it when I was in my twenties and it’s remained a favorite. The story of a young girl raised in an impoverished family in Williamsburg. If you love New York stories, don’t miss it.
2. The Good Earth by Pearl Buck. Family drama, infidelity, rags to riches; it has it all.
3. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Written for children, it’s almost too intense for me. It’s a tear jerker.
4. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates. (The movie was horrible.) When I came to the last chapter, I was heart sick because I didn’t want the book to end, got sucked into the family and longed for a sequel.
5. A Taste for Death by PD James. Once I read it, I had to go back in time and buy all of her earlier works about Inspector Dagliesh.
6. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. Classic! It takes place in an elegant, New York building that is probably the Dakota. The husband joins a coven of witches and betrays his wife in the worst possible way.
7. This Perfect Day by Ira Levin. Another book I’ve read repeatedly. Sci/fi at its most believable.
8. Lovers all Untrue by Norah Lofts. Creepy Victorian at it’s creepiest! I’m so glad its fiction.
9. Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. He’s one of my favorite authors, (Mosquito Coast) and this is my favorite of his travel books. I never have to go to Africa now. Thank you!
10. The Castaways by Ellin Hildebrand. I listened to this on audiobooks on my way to Philadelphia, driving alone from Michigan, and before I knew it, the Delaware River was in my sight. What a great story about couples friendship and betrayal. Sexual misconduct knows no boundaries.
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Genre - Police Procedural, Women’s Fiction (R)