'Boston Reading List'
Finally got around to finishing a vain little project: Compiling a 'Boston Reading List,'
something I've wanted to do since Dan
got the ball rolling a year ago and since I redesigned Hub Blog at about the same time. ... I'm open to suggestions. I know I've forgotten some books -- and know there are plenty more I haven't read and should. ... By coincidence (I finished and then beta posted the list last weekend), I stumbled upon Matthew Yglesias's recent post
on Black Mass
by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neil. He says they have a 'hell of a story' to tell but don't tell it well. I think he's being too harsh. But I'm from Boston. I loved the book and devoured it in days. That's why it's on my list. ... There are also some comments on Matt's site about Howie's Brothers Bulger
, another 'Boston Reading List' recommendation. Also a mention of George V. Higgins's Friends of Eddie Coyle
, also on the big list. ...
P.S. -- Among other fill-in-the-gap things about Boston I'd like to know and read more about: 1.) How and why Puritan Congregationalists
liberalized in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Don't ask me why. I just think it's an important transformation that helps explain the current Boston character. 2.) The industrialization of the Boston area and New England. ...
P.S.P.S. -- I didn't include on the list books by Robert Parker and Dennis Lehane, etc. Maybe I'm wrong. But I do highly recommend them in general. .. Also: No books by a female. Sorry. Not proud. Recommendations are welcome. But remember: My list is based on whether a book tells us something about Boston, not that it was set in Boston or written by a Bostonian. ...