PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science

Books That Comfort In The Aftermath Of Tragedy

(Flickr/Dave77459)

(Flickr/Dave77459)

Writer Danny Heitman says literature can be a source of comfort after a  national tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombings.

“I think at times like this, it is useful to connect with literature,” Heitman, columnist for The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “Literature does restore us to that wellspring of narrative that is so important for us to understand who we are and what we can be.” Heitman said.

He recommends five books that provide solace:

  1. The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by Thornton Wilder
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  3. One Man’s Meat” by E.B. White
  4. A Collection of Essays” by George Orwell
  5. 1776” by David McCullough

What are your book recommendations? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments.

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

August 26 8 Comments

Virginia TV Reporter, Cameraman Killed On Air

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

August 26 12 Comments

A Recipe For Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has researched the places people live longest, healthiest and happiest.

August 25 Comment

Recipes To Celebrate National Sandwich Month

From an end-of-summer tomato tartine to an Italian grilled vegetable sandwich, our resident chef shares her favorites.

August 25 3 Comments

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.