12. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Another Pulitzer prize winner: I figured that's a good way to pick books. This is a stark depiction of a man and his son's struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic future. Painfully sad portrayal of humanity sinking to savagry, yet at the same time it has visions of human spirit and survival that are beautiful. "There is no God, and we are his prophets." Recommended.)
Unrelated except that this is an excellent place in which to read books: I picked up new bedding at Bed Bath and Beyond, and managed to get out of there only making a few unplanned purchases. (That's hard, because what an addictive store!)
Somebody asked me today, "Did you know you needed new towels before you went to BB&B, or only when you saw them there?" Well... it was only when I saw them that I realized I could not do without them. That's the danger of this store.
But I do like my fluffier and bigger new towels. And my new shower curtain. And my new bed! Review after test-sleeping it for two nights: quite comfy. Recommended by people and cats everywhere.
More quotes from The Road:
"He could not construct for the child's pleasure the world he'd lost without constructing the loss as well and he thought perhaps the child had known this better than he."
"We're going to be okay, arent we Papa?
Yes. We are.
And nothing bad is going to happen to us.
Because we're carrying the fire.
Yes. Because we're carrying the fire."