|Subject: Re: Holiday reading|
I enjoy reading novels with a strong sense of place. Here are a few I read
in the last while:
Cara Black's Death in the Marais and Death in Belleville, enjoyable suspense novels about Paris and its problems.
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather about the American Southwest and New Mexico in particular (historical).
Kernan, Michael, The lost diaries of Frans Hals : a novel, St. Martin's Press, 1994 about Haarlem and of course, Frans Hals.
Girl with a Pearl Earring, a novel by Tracy Chevalier about Vermeer and his use of camera obscura.
Maron, Margaret, her mysteries are set in North Carolina
Jerome, Jerome K., Three Men in a Boat (I bought it at Shakespeare and Co. in Paris so I could get their famous stamp on the title page)
E. Annie Proulx, The Shipping News about Newfoundland.
There are lots of booklists online. This site links many: http://www.waterboro.lib.me.us/bklistt.htm
There are specialty sites too - here's one about New York City: http://www.gothamgazette.com/commentary/53.books.shtml Apart from Washington Square and other classics, I enjoyed Martin Dressler, a tale of an American dreamer by Steven Millhauser about a mythical 19th century entrepreneur.
Frances Toronto, Canada