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One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Life, right?, March 3 2004
Essentially a beautifully painted vision of tragic people all tangled up in soap opera -- a splendid and heartbreaking saga peopled with characters you may think at first to be quirky, until you hear them breathe. I also recommend Garcia-Marquez's beautiful LIFE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA.
And to experience real life just as magically strange and spooky and over-stuffed with drama, I suggest you read Peter Hillary's IN THE GHOST COUNTRY, a real-life ghost story starring the famous son of a living legend. Wild and moving stuff.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
There's nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of easy-down soup, and that's what we get in Mitch Albom's parable about a man finding that his life mattered. Soup inspires whimsical thoughts, this book can get you thinking about THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU (might) MEET IN HEAVEN, and what they might have to show you.
A starker and darker read is Peter Hillary's IN THE GHOST COUNTRY, about Hillary's descent into a death-state as he journeys to the South Pole. In a lonely but visison-filled hell, he meets the ghosts of his dead friends who show him more than his mind can stand. Oh, and IN THE GHOST COUNTRY is a true story. Like, wow.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel by Joshua Piven
Very, very funny. And if I ever need to stop a car without brakes or deal with a mass riot, then I'll do my best to follow the advice in WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK-- because I have no alternative ideas. Useful for dinner parties and during long car journeys when the conversation runs out.
To look into the heart of true survivalist at work, under very weird circumstances, I highly recommend Peter Hillary's IN THE GHOST COUNTRY. The pleasures are many and surprising, and the shocking revelations are no joke. Great stuff.