Monday, July 29, 2013

Ten pairs of books made better when read together

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog, Lauren Passell tagged 20 peanut butter & jelly reads (books made better when read together), including:
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

By now it’s pretty much been proven that Truman Capote did not write To Kill A Mockingbird, okay? But we can still pretend there is a slight possibility that Capote penned both—so read both carefully. If you discover nothing suspicious, you’ll still have read two of the best books ever written—both detailing violent crime trials.
Read about another entry on the list.

In Cold Blood also appears on Kit Whitfield's top ten list of genre-defying novels, Sarah Weinman's list of best true crime books, Catherine Crier's five top crime books list, Ann Rule's five best list of true-crime books, and Bryan Burrough's six best books list. Kansas' first poet laureate Jonathan Holden's chose In Cold Blood for The Great Kansas novel.

To Kill a Mockingbird made Charlie Fletcher's top ten list of adventure classics, Sheila Bair's 6 favorite books list, Kathryn Erskine's top ten list of first person narratives, Julia Donaldson's six best books list, TIME magazine's top 10 list of books you were forced to read in school, John Mullan's list of ten of the best lawyers in literature, John Cusack's list of books that made a difference to him, Lisa Scottoline's top ten list of books about justice, and Luke Leitch's list of ten literary one-hit wonders. It is one of Sanjeev Bhaskar's six best books and one of Alexandra Styron's five best stories of fathers and daughters.

--Marshal Zeringue