5 Books To Get You Through A Long Winter

November 13, 2015

Essex Library Director Richard Conroy’s suggestions:

The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
One of the best things about short stories is that you generally don’t have to invest a lot of time to read them. That can come in handy when you have to put down your book in order to pick up a snow shovel. No one wrote better stories than Flannery O’Connor.

11/22/63 by Stephen King.
The master of the horror genre goes into a different, not quite sci-fi, direction in this intriguing and thought provoking “what if” story about the Kennedy assassination.

The Cloud Atlas by Leo Callanan (not to be confused with Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, though that one’s pretty good, too).
Familiar themes of love and redemption are explored against the backdrop of a little known aspect of World War II. Fair warning – it’s set in Alaska.

All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.
Although this excellent book is lengthy, it’s also considered to be one of the best American novels ever written and draws you into it from the first paragraph. The action takes place in steamy Louisiana, which makes it perfect for a day when you’re snowed in and are trying to remember what summer is like.

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey.
Sadly, this second novel by the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is not widely known, but is in many ways superior to Kesey’s first effort.