Dr. Peg’s All-Time Favorite Books


Ready for some new recommendations? Dr. Peg’s list was so popular last year, I asked her for an update. Here are 21 more of her “must read” books:

Small Things Like These
Lessons in Chemistry
A Prayer for Owen Meaney
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
My Name is Asher Lev
A Thousand Acres
Lucy by the Sea
Anything Is Possible
The Daughters of Yalta…Non fiction
The Woman Behind the New Deal….Non fiction
Hidden Valley Road….Non fiction
Personal Librarian
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Nora Webster
The Tender Bar. Memoir
American Pastoral
A Long Long Way
Empire Falls

Purchase online from your local bookstores at https://bookshop.org/ including RJ Julia in Madison, Bank Square Books in Mystic and Breakwater Books in Guilford.
August 8th, 2022
I used to zip through a book a week, but since Covid, I’ve had trouble getting past the first chapter. I mentioned it to my good friend, Peg O’Shea, and she said, “read this: These Precious Days, by Ann Patchett.” I devoured it on my recent trip to New Orleans.
A lifelong educator, previous principal of Lyme Consolidated School, and currently on the board of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and the New London Magnet High School of Science and Technology, Dr. Peg has an illustrious resume that’s too long to summarize here, but she was an obvious choice for a reading list to share with subscribers. I asked her for her all-time favorite books, and here’s what she had to say…

Gentleman from Moscow
Crossing to Safety
The Angle of Repose
The End of Your Life Book Club
Love in the Time of Cholera
East of Eden
Guns Germs and Steel
A Bell for Adano
Remains of the Day
The Boys in the Boat
News of the World
Bel Canto
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
The World According to Garp
The Book Thief
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Manhattan Beach
We Are Not Ourselves
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
Cutting for Stone
The Power Broker
All the LBJ Books by Robert Caro
Grapes of Wrath
And People, of the Book
And Ladies of the Club
These Precious Days
All the Light We Cannot See
Lincoln in the Bardo