Background Reading for My Insomniac Friends

  • Armadillo - William Boyd
  • The House of Sleep - Jonathan Coe
  • Insomnia - Stephen King
  • The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep - Lawrence Block
  • Doctor Sleep - Madison Smartt Bell
  • The Sweep of the Second Hand - Dean Monti
  • Night - Edna O'Brien
  • Cricket and the Emperor's Son - Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth, Juliette Palmer
  • Insomnia - Robert Westbrook
  • The Literary Insomniac: Stories and Essays for Sleepless Nights - Elyse Cheney (ed)
  • Wrapped in Wishes - Olga Bicos
  • Before I Wake - Terry Lawrence
  • Wide Awake Billy - Marian Dillon
  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Author Comments: 

Shout out to the sleepless....

MACB: Methought I heard a voice cry "Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep," the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleave of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast,—

Well, no, actually I didn't write that.

Thank goodness there's someone other than me reading Macbeth. I say this only because I have never once been able to get through that play, either watching or reading. I'm hoping some local troupe comes up with a way to make it more accessible to the unwashed masses such as myself, but it lately it keeps being set in wartimes. Go fig.

You need to take advantage of my offer of access to my complete paraphrases of 23 of Shakespeare's plays .

These are Shakespeare rewritten for easier understanding. Ruins the poetry, of course.

All you need is a Yahoo ID and I can give you free access to my files.