Can you recommend a good book? Readers live for this question and the opportunity it provides to share favorite stories with favorite people. But, as we explore in this episode, it can also stir feelings of doubt, anxiety, and disappointment. Listen in as we reveal some titles we recommend to other people, titles we have learned to avoid, and more generally, what advice we have for fellow readers who find themselves answering this wonderful, perilous question. Among others, we talk about Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, Dennis Lehane's Mystic River and Shutter Island, Monique Truong's Book of Salt, and Roberto Bolaño's Savage Detectives.