If someone asked you for a book recommendation, what is the FIRST book you’d think to recommend (without extra thought)?
I’m actually asked this a lot—not because people on the street are desperate for my opinion (as if!), but because a lot of English classes, at least here, open with “So, tell us your name, your year, your major, and your favorite book/a book you think we should read!”. And ever since I read it, it’s been The Magician’s Book. I even have a little pitch for it:
“It’s about a woman who loved The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid, and then felt betrayed when she found out about the Christian allegory as an agnostic teenager, and this is her returning to the series as an atheistic adult. But it’s really about our relationship to stories, especially when we’re children versus when we’re adults. It’s so good. It’s in the library if anyone wants it.”
It’s in my college library because I put it there. I don’t have to worry about people frowning and going, “Oh, I don’t read genre fiction” (someday, I will learn to breathe fire, if only to do so when people tell me such a foolish thing), it appeals to pretty much anyone who likes to read, and Laura Miller is awesome. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out!