10 books like Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour

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A Moveable Feast

By Ernest Hemingway,

Book cover of A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast is a wonderful book for the way that it goes into such minute detail about living life in Paris France as an expatriate writer and in many ways as a rebel. The drunken nights, what they drank, how many drinks they had, it is all detailed in this book. His memories of this time in his life are vivid, warm, witty, and full of affection for those other writers of note who were also expatriates and authors, escaping prohibition in America for the free-wheeling fun of Paris and booze. The book depicts his early life as a writer, seeking the approval of other writers like Gertrude Stein and even F. Scott Fitzgerald, with whom he had something of a competitive relationship. Part of the book details the drunken escapades that he and Fitzgerald engaged in, to the point where they crashed a car, while driving drunk. The…

A Moveable Feast

By Ernest Hemingway,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked A Moveable Feast as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. Since Hemingway's personal papers were released in 1979, scholars have examined and debated the changes made to the text before publication. Now this new special restored edition presents the original manuscript as the author prepared it to be published.

Featuring a personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, and an introduction by the editor and grandson of the author, Sean Hemingway, this new edition also includes a number of unfinished, never-before-published Paris sketches revealing experiences that Hemingway had with his son Jack and…


On Writing

By Stephen King,

Book cover of On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King is sometimes thought of as an author of throwaway paperbacks, but the truth is that he is a damn good writer. I admire him for his spiffy language and storytelling ability. The first half of this book is an autobiography about King’s journey from pimple-faced-kid sending short stories to science fiction and fantasy magazines to master of the horror novel, including a gruesome traffic accident that almost killed him. The second half is a master writing course as King gives greater general insight into his craft. Even though we come from different disciplines—he from fiction, I from nonfiction—and he’s famous and I am not, I find his writing wisdom inspiring and have worked it into my book.

On Writing

By Stephen King,

Why should I read it?

11 authors picked On Writing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Death in the Afternoon

By Ernest Hemingway,

Book cover of Death in the Afternoon

Officially a book about bullfighting, with so many digressions that they become the book, the finest such sections delve deeply into the art and practice of writing, most extraordinarily in the thrilling, moving final pages. It is also in this great book that for the first time in print Hemingway articulates his principle that you can leave something out of what you are writing if you know you are leaving it out.

Death in the Afternoon

By Ernest Hemingway,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Death in the Afternoon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ernest Hemingway's classic portrait of the pageantry of bullfighting.

'I was trying to learn to write, commencing with the simplest things, and one of the simplest things of all and the most fundamental is violent death'

This is Hemingway's classic portrait of the pageantry of bullfighting. Here are the sights, the sounds, the excitement, and above all, the knowledge, that fuelled Hemingway's passion for Spain and the bullfight. This remarkable book contains some of his finest writing, inspired by the intense life, as well as the inevitable death, of those hot, violent afternoons.

'Hemingway's style, at its best, is a…


Swann's Way

By Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis (translator), Christopher Prendergast (editor)

Book cover of Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1

Where to begin? Proust’s gigantic masterpiece is the proverbial gift that keeps giving, none more so than in its explication and then repeated “demonstration” of the very thing it describes, the sensory triggers of what Proust calls involuntary memory but that here become the emotional propulsion for this book about writing the very beautiful book (or books—it comes in six volumes) you are reading.

Swann's Way

By Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis (translator), Christopher Prendergast (editor)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Swann's Way as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Heartburn

By Nora Ephron,

Book cover of Heartburn

This semi-autobiographical novel follows the romantic misadventures of food writer Rachel, whose husband has fallen in love with another woman. Lost between wanting him dead and wanting him back, Rachel shares her favourite recipes to heal the heart along with hilarious one-liners. 

Be ready to crave mashed potatoes with this absolute classic in the genre. If you’re still unsure, the audiobook is read by Meryl Streep, who also starred in the movie aside Jack Nicholson.

Heartburn

By Nora Ephron,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Heartburn as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

If I had to do it over again, I would have made a different kind of pie. The pie I threw at Mark made a terrific mess, but a blueberry pie would have been even better, since it would have permanently ruined his new blazer, the one he bought with Thelma ... I picked up the pie, thanked God for linoleum floor, and threw it'
Rachel Samstat is smart, successful, married to a high-flying Washington journalist... and devastated. She has discovered that her husband is having an affair with Thelma Rice, 'a fairly tall person with a neck as long…


A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman,

Book cover of A Man Called Ove

Oh, I know this novel has likely appeared on countless lists, but I loved it. Grumpy, lonely, widowed Ove lives a rigid and structured life. He acts like an old man but is only 59. He has little tolerance for people and is annoyed when new neighbors move in and upset his carefully ordered world and its carefully ordered rhythms. What I loved about this novel was how Ove allowed his heart to grow, sort of like the Grinch, to accommodate new people in his life, to create a new family.

A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman,

Why should I read it?

9 authors picked A Man Called Ove as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'THE PERFECT HOLIDAY READ' Evening Standard

'A JOY FROM START TO FINISH' - Gavin Extence, author of THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS

There is something about Ove.

At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn't it rare, these days, to find…


Goodbye, Vitamin

By Rachel Khong,

Book cover of Goodbye, Vitamin

After a broken engagement, Ruth arrives home to stay with her mother and her father, who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Spare, poignant, and honest, this novel chronicles a daughter’s attempts to navigate a new normal with her “erratically lucid” and “lucidly erratic” parents. While the topic is innately heavy, somehow Khong manages to make the book light and as much about the narrator’s own flaws and struggles as about the illness at hand. It’s refreshing and touching and all the things—and also written in an unusual structure with mini vignettes throughout.

Goodbye, Vitamin

By Rachel Khong,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Goodbye, Vitamin as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

An O: the Oprah Magazine Best Book of 2017

'Khong is a magician ... Brilliant' Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies

'Khong's first novel sneaks up on you - just like life, illness and heartbreak. And love. A million small, human and often deeply funny details gather force to tell a tale that is ultimately, incredibly poignant' Miranda July, author of The First Bad Man

Ruth is thirty and her life is falling apart: she and her fiance are moving house, but he's moving out to live with another woman; her career is going nowhere; and then she learns…


This Is Where I Leave You

By Jonathan Tropper,

Book cover of This Is Where I Leave You

Haha, it would be a nightmare having to spend seven days with the members of your family of origin, amirite? This book's main character is forced to do just that, as the Jewish ritual of shiva after a death requires it. After his father's death, not only can Judd Altman not get away from his oversharing mother and weird siblings (and everyone's exes, including his own), he's forced to keep secrets about, among other things, his own relationship status. Trust me, if you're about to head into a period at close quarters with your FOO, you can take heart at the fact that Judd made it through! (Also, I loved how this one made me realize that even most normal-seeming families are...not.) 

This Is Where I Leave You

By Jonathan Tropper,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked This Is Where I Leave You as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A riotously funny, emotionally raw New York Times bestselling novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind-whether we like it or not.

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out…

From Away

By Phoef Sutton,

Book cover of From Away

The way the author describes Sammy’s state of mind as he tells the story—accompanied often by wry, even side-splitting observations—drew me into this strange family, wanting more than anything to learn how they would extricate themselves from their collective morass. If you like ghost stories that are fresh and modern and feature plenty of humor, then I highly recommend From Away.

From Away

By Phoef Sutton,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked From Away as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Experience

By Martin Amis,

Book cover of Experience: A Memoir

This is a magnificent autobiography, a work of intricate self-portraiture that takes in everything from the author’s dental troubles, through his relationship with his father, to his reaction to his cousin’s murder. Amis’s comic energy and stylistic brio are on sizzling display throughout, but so are qualities that aren’t often associated with his fiction: gentleness, generosity, emotional vulnerability…

Experience

By Martin Amis,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Experience as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this remarkable work of autobiography, the son of the great comic novelist Kingsley Amis explores his relationship with his father and writes about the various crises of Kingsley's life, including the final one of his death. Amis also reflects on the life and legacy of his cousin, Lucy Partington, who disappeared without trace in 1973 and was exhumed twenty years later from the basement of Frederick West, one of Britain's most prolific serial murderers.

**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**


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