Read Something: Gripping

“If it’s not gripping you, you’re reading the wrong book.”  
– Nick Hornby

This week we Read Something gripping. What makes a book gripping is in the eye of the beholder. Some readers are gripped by a fast-paced covert-ops thriller with a high body count; others would use gripping to describe a well-realized, vivid work of history or a quietly intense coming of age memoir. That said, some authors have a special knack for grabbing us right away, and not letting go. Finding it hard to get going on a book? Check out one of these gripping reads:

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  • How We Fight For Our Lives, by Saeed Jones. Riveting, powerful and poetic memoir of a gay black man growing up eternally damned in Texas.
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann. The grandmaster of suspenseful narrative non-fiction even more enthralling than most fictional thrillers plunges readers into 1920’s Oklahoma and a horrific “reign of terror” that birthed modern law enforcement.
  • Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family, by Daniel Bergner. The inspiring and harrowing true story of how Ryan Speedo Green overcame a world seemingly set to trap and kill him, to triumph onstage at the Metropolitan Opera.
  • Kept Animals, by Kate Milliken. In this relentless coming-of-age story, Rory, June and Vivian navigate the whirlwinds of privilege and desire on a California horse ranch, while up in the hills above a deadly wildfire takes hold.
  • The Twilight Zone, by Nona Fernandez. Decades ago, he helped make countless victims disappear during Chile’s brutal Pinochet regime. Now he reckons with the ghosts haunting the only man alive who knows where the bodies are buried. A slim, hypnotic novel
  • The Death of Murat Idrissi, by Tommy Wieringa. Two Dutch friends visit their Moroccan homeland for the first time, only to find themselves saddled with a very problematic souvenir.
  • Rogue Male, by Geoffrey Household. In this classic 1939 thriller, a big game hunter fails to bag Hitler, and finds that he has become the prey.

How about you? What books or authors do you find absolutely gripping?

     ~ Posted by David W.

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