Sure, I cried, and often. But more, "The Narrow Door" made me want to call a few people, and say the magic words, and feel at home in the world. It's hard to think of a book that can give you more than that.
The World According to Garp was published in 1978, my freshman year at a high school not unlike the one attended by John Irving's title character, T.S. Garp. I don't remember which year I read it, but it was the summer, and I finished it late at night in the corner of the couch, in tears.
As book lovers, we tend to be skeptical about film adaptations, but we are fans of both the thirteen books on this list and their cinematic counterparts. Read the book, then stream the movie. Netflix is a marvelous thing.
Frankly, I was nothing short of stunned by your lack of understanding of the policies and approaches to dyslexia in our public schools.
The author creates a world in words on a page. A voice artist gives audio life to those words and world through the "theatre of the mind." The very best of voice artists become invisible as you listen to the life they have created.
For those birthing presidential campaigns and those conceiving runs for legislative power and those lusting for criminal court judgeships, The Cider House Rules and Griswold v. Connecticut should be required reading.
However a writer selects a name, it must fit and exemplify that character. The mention of the name should bring to mind an entire set of personality traits; a certain look; and feeling tone. The name should evoke a strong image in the reader's mind, and have a ring of authenticity.
Failure, Alarms and After Parties: Chats with The Posies, Dry the River's Peter Liddle and Ghost Town's Kevin McCullough
Jon Auer:There is a freshness that occurs, I guess, at the beginning of anything that you can never replicate.