Paul Griffin, author of Ten Mile River, can’t play favorites among the books he loves. So this week he has gone above and beyond the call, and has recommended three outstanding books that he thinks you should read too.
My favorite book is usually the one I’m reading, and I’m usually reading a few books at a time, in this case re-reading. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, Every Day by David Levithan and Tyrell by Coe Booth are amazing for many reasons, but I’m rereading them this time for voice. Coe is just a beautiful soul, and I feel that so deeply in Tyrell, the way he sees the world, with sympathy and the courage not to be afraid of the ugly and the sad. He’s a poet, like Coe. David is one of the most empathic people I know, and Every Day is a tour de force of empathy as his protagonist A, literally a lost soul, inhabits the lives of so many different people. Like David, A has love for everyone. Being around that kind of generosity makes me feel really good. Barry is fearless, like his protagonist Jazz, who wonders if he’s going to end up a serial killer, like his dad. Barry puts this psychologically messed up kid right in our faces and says, “Understand this guy,” and you know what? We do. We do more than that: We love ‘im. Three perfect end-of-summer reads by three perfect writers.
Be sure to check out the last Photo of the Week with Jim Shepard. Happy Reading!