Thursday, June 16, 2016

Top ten books about middle age

Marina Benjamin's latest book, The Middlepause (2016), is an open and open-hearted account of the years that sandwiched the author turning 50. One of her ten top books about middle age, as shared at the Guardian:
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (2010)

Egan’s novel is a kind of madcap gambol through four decades, told by a dozen characters on the run from their younger selves – including a rock star organising his final “suicide tour”, and a disgraced PR commissioned to create a soft-focus makeover of a genocidal tyrant. The humour is deadpan, but Egan’s take on ageing is brutal: getting old, she suggests, is like being beaten up by a gang of thugs.
Read about the other entries on the list.

A Visit From the Goon Squad is among four books that changed Alison Lester, Jeff Somers's five top books that blur the line between the novel and short story, Gillian Anderson's six favorite books, and Julie Christie's seven favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue