Laura Miller's Spring Book List

by Cristy Meiners, producer

When preparing Laura Miller’s interviews, I always ask her to share more fiction than nonfiction titles with our listeners, since we cover far more nonfiction books on the show.  But I have to admit that after today’s interview, I found myself eager to get my hands on the last book she recommended: Stanford literature professor Elif Batuman’s The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them.  While I love Anna Karenina as much as the next bookish person, I have never considered myself obsessed with Russian literature… but after just a few pages of Batuman’s witty memoir/literary analysis/travel narrative/scholar’s journal, I’m already planning for a summer full of Dostoevsky, Chekov, Tolstoy, and others.  Here is a list of all the books Laura recommended:  

The Surrendered, by Chang-rae Lee

The Privileges, by Jonathan Dee

The Unnamed, by Joshua Ferris

The Room and the Chair, by Lorriane Adams

The Genius in All of Us, by David Shenk

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them, by Elif Batuman