Judith Viorst’s children’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is one of our all-time favorite books. (It makes a perfect gift for grown-ups, too, in case you know someone who could use a pick-me-up.) Wait for Me: And Other Poems About the Irritations and Consolations of a Long Marriage is her new collection of poetry—complete with charming illustrations. Judith Viorst was kind enough to share with us nine of her favorite books—and we’ve added short descriptions for each of them below.
A daring reimagining of the philosophers Bertrand Russell, G. E. Moore, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, this book moves from Vienna to the trenches of WWI to the colleges of Cambridge. This group portrait explores the lives, loves, and losses of these very different men.
One of the best-known and best-loved poets of the English-speaking world, Philip Larkin had only a small number of poems published during his lifetime. Collected Poems brings together not only all his books but also his uncollected poems from 1940 to 1984.
Captivating generations of readers, this epic work of literature is considered Tolstoy’s masterpiece. Set during Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, War and Peace brings to life peasants and nobility alike and their personal and political struggles.
The course of a Hungarian-Jewish family’s history is forever altered when a secret comes to light. This novel of love, loss, loyalty, and luck is told across war-torn countries during World War II.
A young married couple in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s builds a modernist home with a glass room at its center only to find their exuberant faith in the future eclipsed by the storm clouds of WWII and their own personal desires and darkest secrets.
Edith Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Age of Innocence, which explores the joys and scandals surrounding the marriage of an upper-class New York couple during the Gilded Age.
A critically acclaimed novel written from the perspective of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the form of a letter to his cousin, Marcus Aurelius, who would be his successor.
This Pulitzer Prize winner is Ernest Becker’s impassioned answer to the “why” of human existence, prompting readers to see our humanity and mortality in a new light.