Thursday, October 12, 2017

Ten books that will remind you of your childhood

At B&N Reads Jeff Somers tagged ten books that will remind you what it felt like to be a kid, including:
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving

With patience and affection, Irving captures what it was like to grow up in the 1950s in this terrific novel. While John Wheelwright and Owen Meany aren’t typical kids in any sense—Owen’s growing conviction that he is an instrument of god isn’t exactly typical for a kid in any decade—Irving’s attention to detail renders a childhood air instantly recognizable to those who paralleled John and Owen’s fictional existence in their own lives. The decade was one where a slow subversion of tradition and accepted norms would eventually explode into the chaos of the ’60s, and it’s realistically presented here as a restless questioning of a kid’s purpose.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue