Thursday, October 08, 2009

Best books: John Krasinski

Actor John Krasinski, of NBC’s The Office, recently made his film-directing debut with Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, an adaptation of a short-story collection by David Foster Wallace.

He named his six best books for The Week magazine. One novel on the list:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Simon & Schuster, $14).

My highest recommendation in the “reread” category. Sure, you’ve read Fitzgerald’s masterpiece somewhere between freshman and senior year in high school, but I can guarantee it will mean so much more now. Reading this again, when you’re a little older and a little wiser, is like being in a room you’ve been in before. Only this time the lights are on.
Read about the book that Krasinski calls "without a doubt, one of the greatest books about making movies."

The Great Gatsby appears among Kate Atkinson's top ten novels and on the American Book Review's list of the 100 best last lines from novels.

--Marshal Zeringue