I'd describe Will as a voracious reader. He reads piles of books and, to boot, he reads all things important and Pulitzer Prize winning and historically relevant, like 1776 and Too Big to Fail and Essays of Warren Buffet and Confederacy of Dunces (his all-time favorite). In the past four years, apart from law textbooks, I've read primarily junky pop stuff. I mean, I like junky pop stuff, don't get me wrong, but it probably wouldn't kill me to read something a little more weighty.
The thing is, I'm not sure what to read. We have piles of books here, but I've either read them already or am not at all interested in reading them. My tastes don't exactly align with Will's. I've tried to read Confederacy, I swear I've read the first couple of chapters three times through, and I KNOW that it won the freakin' Pulitzer Prize, but it's just not my style.
I need your help, friends. What can I read in 2011 that's a bit more scholastic, but that's also a little bit more my style? If it helps, here are a few of my all-time favorites: The Great Gatsby, The House on Mango Street, She's Come Undone, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Cat's Cradle, and, most recently, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
I have a Barnes & Noble gift card to spend on something entirely non-legal (the instructions from the gift-giver). Now tell me, how should I spend it?