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Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde

Today would have been Oscar Wilde’s 157th birthday!

Oscar Wilde is my absolute favorite writer (and historical figure) of all time. We still have much to learn today from both his writings and his tumultuous life. If you have never read anything by him, then I suggest you start here, continue here, and end here.

Me and my best friend by Wilde's grave in the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris. Look at all of the lipstick kisses on the stone!

Wilde is simultaneously hiliarious, harsh, and heartbreaking in his writing. In all my time spent reading classic literature (and that’s a lot of time) I have never come across any writer who has a voice like Oscar Wilde. Admittedly, some people hate his style, but I adore it. His unapologetically educated, and satirical works are, in my opinion, the best of the best.

(Plus, who doesn’t like a man who isn’t afraid to wear a cape?)

“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” – Oscar Wilde

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5 Fall Reading Suggestions

With fall fast approaching, it’s hard not to look forward to curling up inside with a cup of tea and a good book to read. These are my top five book suggestions for you this fall:

1) The Help – There is a reason that everyone is talking about this book… the reason is because it’s excellent. The Help is the story of a group of African American women working as housekeepers in Mississippi during the climax of the civil rights movement. If you haven’t read it yet, you must. Author Kathryn Stockett will move you to tears with this new and compelling perspective on a subject most of us have  only read about in textbooks.

2) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – This book, by the extremely talented and easy-to-read Jonathan Safran Foer, details the story of a young boy, Oskar, who lost his father in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11th. In his father’s closet, Oskar finds a key and sets out on a journey through all of New York City’s five boroughs to discover what the key unlocks. With the 10 year anniversary of September 11th only one week away, this book provides a unique perspective on an event that has touched us all.

3) The Great Gatsby – The Great Gatsby is my favorite book of all time. It’s plot begins in the warm, early summer months and stretches to the beginning of autumn (which, like everything in The Great Gatsby, is steeped in symbolism). The change of seasons provides the backdrop for the sordid tale of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters, and his critical view on the American Dream.

4) Interview with the Vampire – Before Vampire Bill and Edward there was Louis. In this 1976 novel, Anne Rice creates what we have come to know now as the “modern vampire” through the tale of the tormented vampire Louis. This richly written story is the perfect read for October when everyone’s sights are set on Halloween.

5) Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim – I am such a sucker for a good memoir, and author David Sedaris never, ever disappoints.  This collection of short stories is one of my favorites of his works, and will make you burst out in tears of emotion as well as tears of laughter (his chapter, “Let It Snow” is by far one of the funniest things I’ve ever read). Save this book for the end of fall when the weather gets colder and his winter/Christmas stories are more timely.

What are your favorite fall books? I’m always looking for titles to add to my reading list!

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