40 Books to Read Before Turning 40
The manual for making your first four decades the most joyful, wise and stress-free of your life.
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funniest and best novel I've read all year is Jess Walter's Beautiful
Ruins. Not many satirists can stop on a dime and testify with equal
power and intelligence to what is not, for them, a laughing matter." — Richard Russo
Walter's Beautiful Ruins is an irresistible romp through Italy in the
Technicolor era, when a starlet hooked up with the dashingly drunken
Richard Burton and charmed the townspeople in a tiny seaside village.
The present-day scenes are pretty snazzy, too.