Ephron, Hallie. 1001 Books for Every Mood.

Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2008.

Anyone who has ever been part of a monthly book group knows that the overarching, never fully answered question is what to read next. Sometimes, there’s an opportune newly published literary novel, but sometimes you just want to retreat to the 19th century.

Ephron, a successful mystery writer and reviewer and writing teacher, understands this and her nearly four hundred pages of brief but well-written annotations try to supply some answers. In fact, her selection is very broad indeed, including every sort and variety of fiction and nonfiction book from Agatha Christie, Wilkie Collins, Herman Melville, Allen Ginsburg, and James M. Cain to Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Ian McEwan, Jonathan Lethem, and Margaret Atwood. Not to mention Sigmund Freud, Richard Dawkins, Douglas Hofstadter, George Gamow, Malcolm Gladwell, Chuck Yeager, and The Sibley Guide to Birds. And even The Joy of Sex.They’re all collected under such headings as “Grand Adventure,” “Theatrics,” “Hug Your Dog,” “A Good Cry,” “Join the Circus,” and “Suffer No Fools.” There are quite a few titles here I have either never read or haven’t read for several decades, as well as more recent Oprah-picks I hadn’t gotten around to. Keep a pencil and a notepad handy.

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