About Carol

CarolMost of the time you’ll find me reading realistic fiction. When reading a novel, I like to imagine that it’s happening to me, or that it could happen to me, so I avoid fantasy or science fiction. But I do enjoy historical fiction if it’s set in the recent past, where I can imagine the events happening to me or my parents or grandparents.

Although I cannot choose a single author as my favorite, the late Carol Shields comes close.

I don’t have the patience to read experimental fiction. I wish writers would use quotation marks and go easy on the sentence fragments.

I like to travel the world by reading fiction set abroad, and when I visit a new city in real life I read a novel that takes place there.

When I take a break from fiction, I find myself reading books about current events by New Yorker writers, on politics, sociology, or that health-care-policy/memoir subgenre written by doctors like Atul Guwande and Jerome Groopman. A good writer can turn a dry topic like economics (Daniel Ariely) or statistics (Nate Silver) into a page-turner. When I’m not reading I run, swim, bike, garden, and work. Ask me what to read!

Carol’s Recommendations

In the Evil Day by Richard Adams Carey

In the Evil Day by Richard Adams Carey

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

We Are Market Basket by Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker

We Are Market Basket by Daniel Korschun & Grant Welker

Blessings by Anna Quindlen

Blessings by
Anna Quindlen

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

Montana 1948 by
Larry Watson

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks

Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

The Condition by Jennifer Haigh

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver