Go Book Yourself: Dan’s Top 5 Books Of 2014
Editor Daniel Dalton’s favourite reads of the year…
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a witty, wise and heartbreaking book filled with profound and insightful writing.
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer for an utterly gorgeous love affair written entirely in letters (released 2013, read this year).
Ablutions by Patrick DeWitt for a dark, drunken, downward spiral in a Los Angeles dive bar (released 2009, read this year).
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle for a beautiful, haunting ballad of a novel, an ode to solitude and secret lives.
My Salinger Year Joanna Rakoff for a young woman traversing New York, publishing, her twenties, and most famous author in the world.
Some of my favourite reads this year.
Go Book Yourself: Dan’s All-Time Top 5 Books
To celebrate hitting 100,000 followers on Tumblr, each of us are posting our five favourite books. Here are Dan’s picks:
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the oft-imitated, never bettered story of a teenager fighting against the hypocrisy of adulthood.
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for a deeply affecting, interweaving collection of stories that show how time catches us all.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt for the tragicomic tale of hitmen on the trail of a bounty. Cormac McCarthy meets the Coen Brothers.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson for one of the great voices of 20th century literature in his prime.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a profound, hilarious, and heartbreaking series of dispatches from the front line of a marriage.
My current Top 5 books.