Some of My Favorite Books and Writers

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I’m an attorney, a writer, a storyteller and I’m on something like my 10 millionth fiction book, TRAGIC.  It’s coming out in August. I love every fiction book I’ve written equally.  When someone asks you which one of your kids is your favorite, how could you possibly choose?  You can’t. 

I have a great time writing the Butch Karp series, and I love every book.  And, a perk of getting older and experience, I keep sharpening my skills as a writer.  (Hopefully!) Just like with sports, the more you do it, the more confident you feel.  The more you hone your strengths.
 
Recently, someone asked me who I like to read. Whoo Boy… There are so many terrific books out there. Here’s a list, and I know I’m probably leaving out some of my favorites, but these are the writers and books that come to mind first.

I like narrative non-fiction or what used to be called (and perhaps still is!) historical fiction.  Books that are well-researched and move me into an arena with a gripping style of storytelling.

Irving Stone:  His book, PASSIONS OF THE MIND, was extraordinary. I read this from Irving Stone about the book:  “This book involved six years of uninterrupted research & writing, yet the road was lighted at every turn, by the kindness & the generosity of almost everyone who had known Sigmund Freud or worked with him.”– Irving Stone.  I can only say this–it shows.   
 
John Irving:  Pure fiction, I loved The World According to Garp.  An amazing writer.

I like my own non-fiction books:  Badge of the Assassin.  It’s a piece of our history and it should be understood and known. Published July 12, 1979, it received some fabulous reviews.  I’m proud of that.

Other writers… Thomas Wolfe. Fran Leibowitz, a later-day Dorothy Parker.  Erma Bombeck. Philip Roth.

Ron Chernow:  His book, Alexander Hamilton, was a masterpiece. A must-read for those who want to learn about the roots of our America.  Get it on tape if a large book feels overwhelming. The miles will fly by under the spell of Hamilton’s life.

David Mccullough: Pick any of his books and walk into the world of American history.

Enjoy!  And let me know some of your favorite books. I’m interested.

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2 Responses to Some of My Favorite Books and Writers

  1. Gail Lawson Clough May 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    For a real treat, try The Peacemakers by Richard B. Morris, the story of the negotiations of the Paris Treaty of 1783 that formally recognized America’s independence and sovereignty.

  2. Robert K Tanenbaum May 24, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Thank you!

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