I’ve started this blog because the folks at TouchPoint Press tell me I need a social media presence. TouchPoint is considering publishing my novel To Alice (the title could change). The novel is about a young home care/hospice aide and her six patients, a former logger, a woman on hospice, a feisty 100-year old, a young man who uses a wheelchair, a crusty old fart, and a former dance champion. I wrote the book to show how simple care – a bed bath, exercise, clipping toenail, preparing a meal, housekeeping – can make the difference between living in an institution or living in one’s home. Most fiction with a health care setting, especially on television and movies, focuses on heroic doctors working from hospitals, “I’m not going to lose him on my watch,” totally ignoring the fact that more people are served by home care staff than are patients in the hospitals. Home care and hospice are the hub of medicine but fiction writers didn’t get the memo.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time considering what should I blog about. I’ve decided to focus on books, at least for now. In this blog I am listing my ten favorite books. I’m a clueless boomer so I doubt anyone who reads this, which may be no one, will agree. Even if your list is different from mine, the books on my list are pretty damn good.
In no particular order, here is my list (actually 12 books because I am listing the Faulkner trilogy as one book). In my next 10 blogs I will explain why each of these made the list.
- Risk Pool – Richard Russo
- Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
- Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
- My Antonia – Willa Cather
- My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
- A Death in the Family – James Agee
- The Faulkner Trilogy – The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion – William Faulkner
- Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
(I considered Ordinary Life by Elizabeth Berg, a great book, but since it’s a collection of unrelated short stories, it didn’t make the cut.)