4 hours ago
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Among all the other books I've been reading over the past weeks, I've also been reading and re-reading heaps of pandemic novels. This appalls the kid -- why would I want to read about what I can watch happening in real time?
I can't say why, but I find it comforting.
In case you do as well, here are some titles featuring pandemics:
Naomi Kritzer, "So Much Cooking"
(Here's the essay Kritzer recently wrote, about seeing your story come true)
Connie Willis, The Doomsday Book
Meg Elison, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife
Mike Conner, Archangel
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Cecelia Holland, The Lords of Vaumartin
Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders
Laura Kasischke, In a Perfect World
Stephen King, The Stand
Sarah Pinsker, A Song for a New Day
Daniel DeFoe, Journal of the Plague Year
George Stewart, The Earth Abides
Pat Frank, Alas, Babylon (Not a pandemic, but hits the same buttons for me)
Frank Herbert, The White Plague
Virginia Bergin, Who Runs the World?
Joanna Russ, The Female Man (Plague occurred eight centuries earlier)
Also worth reading