5 Must-Read Books About (and by) Ernest Hemingway

This is from the Barnes and Noble Book Club and could not come at a better time:

5 Must-Read Books About (and by) Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway’s Boat by Paul Hendrickson

Hemingway: The 1930s through the Final Years by Michael Reynolds

Paris Without End: The True Story of Hemingway’s First Wife by Gioia Dilberto

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes   by William Kennedy

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway  by Ernest Hemingway


These cover a range of times in Hemingway’s life. His life may be even more interesting than his writing. I do wonder though if I am the only one who noticed that there are six books.



Hemingway Summer

I had never read any of Ernest Hemingway’s work until this past year when I read A Movable Feast in preparation to read A Paris Wife.

I always considered him a man’s writer, a misogynist and a drunk. Mind you, this judgment was formed without reading a word of his prose.

To say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. His style is like that of F Scott Fitzgerald in that his work is sparsely written, tightly edited. Every word earns its keep. Description is not lacking it’s just well chosen.

I enjoy reading spare prose and I aspire to write it although you would never know by this rambling missive.

So I bought a book of Hemingway’s short stories and four of his novels. I’m going to read them this summer and blog about them here.

This venture would be even more fun if if was interactive so please feel free to tell me what you think of Ernest Hemingway; his life or his works.

Tell me your favorite stories or novels, or what you liked or did not.