Editor’s Note: One of our favorite authors, Lisa Genova is not only a renowned neuroscientist, but also the New York Times bestselling author of STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY, and INSIDE THE O’BRIENS. Her new book, EVERY NOTE PLAYED, is out in bookstores now.
I read a little of everything and always two or three books at once. I read contemporary fiction to keep refining my craft and because I love a great story. Historical fiction tends to captivate me the most. I enjoy being immersed in characters and places from another time, and, when done well, to marvel at the extensive research the author did to build such seamless believability. I read nonfiction texts on neuroscience, psychology, and medicine to keep learning and because these subjects will forever fascinate me. And I read self-help because I’m committed to continually growing, and the tools and reminders offered in these books inspire me to live and love bigger. Here are a few of my favorites.
Already beloved by millions of readers, this novel follows a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as they both try to survive the devastation of World War II. The breakout hit of 2014, this beautiful novel was a finalist for the National Book Award and it just won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. If you haven't read it yet, this one should be at the top of your spring reading list.
Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against Roman armies on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. The source for the recent CBS miniseries, The Dovekeepers is a beautifully written and captivating tale of four women whose lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege.