We had SUCH a blast chatting with novelist Dara Horn about fancy forks, trying to be Harriet the Spy, editing biblical texts, and her childhood fear of time slipping away. We also ask some not-too-spoilery questions about her gorgeous new novel, Eternal Life.
From Publisher's Weekly:
At the heart of Horn’s funny and compassionate novel is a 2,000-year-old Jewish mother seeking reasons for living, some way of dying, and help for her 56-year-old son who lives in her basement. . . Horn (A Guide for the Perplexed) weaves historical detail and down-to-earth humor into this charming Jewish Groundhog Day spanning two millennia.
Listen in and fall in love with Dara's wit and brilliance like we did...
What books Dara read as a child (some of which ended up inspiring her own novels) --
- From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case
- Tuck Everlasting
- Books by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- The Great Brain
- All-of-a-kind Family
Other book recommendations:
- The Idiot by Elif Batuman (friends since they were six!)
- Cynthia Ozick
- Mr. Mani by A.B. Yehoshua
- The Blue Mountain by Meir Shalev
- The Liars’ Gospel by Naomi Alderman
- The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
The Door by Magda Szabó
Twice a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond.
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