Saturday, March 21, 2009

Here's a list of your favorite books, gathered from your own generous sharing and an occasional raid on a few Facebook pages when you had forgotten to set the burglar alarm. ( Yes!! This blog has its own Facebook Group! Sign up today!)
The first group is my own, and the rest are just pasted in as found on the desktop.
There were probably more lists buried in the stack, but this is more than enough to give you all an idea of how we're killing those few hours we spend off line.
Reading should be fun. These books are not recommended, advocated, promulgated, or otherwise pushed in your face with implications of puritanical obligation to improve yourself, even if there is room for it. And you know who you are.
* N.B. We are currently operating under the burden of a proofreader's strike, and errors may abound in the body of this post. It's really not our fault.
Kiki's Paris
Paris to the Moon
All the Pretty Horses
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt
Lenin's Tomb
The Sun Also Rises
Catch Twenty Two
No Country for Old Men
Poisonwood Bible
Sherman: Fighting Prophet
Lonesome Dove
Autobiography of Ansel Adams
Being Geniuses Together
Everybody Was So Young
Undaunted Courage
Battle Cry of Freedom
Band of Brothers
The Little Friend
All James Ellroy

A list that could change from day to day, but here's ten:
Marcel Proust - Remembrance of Things Past
Donald Finkel - Not So the Chairs
Donald Justice - Collected Poems
Oscar Hijuelos - The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
John Clellon Holmes - The Horn
Nancy Willard - Things Invisible to See
John R. Tunis - The Kid Comes Back
Larry Hicock - Castles Made of Sound: The Story of Gil Evans
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
Ross MacDonald - The Underground Man

Ulysses, On the Road, Dr. Sax, Possession, Gaudy Night, The Nine Tailors, The Stone Diaries, Mrs. Dalloway, The Four Quartets, Humbolt's Gift, Henderson the Rain King, The Sun Also Rises, Song of Solomon, Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, The Courtier and the Heretic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Winesburg Ohio

Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies
Chang-rae Lee, Aloft
Don DeLillo, White Noise
Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
George Eliot, Middlemarch
Sei Sh┼Źnagon, The Pillow Book (Ivan Morris, trans.)
Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home (children's literature)

Two Dozen Favorite Novels:
1. The Plague, Albert Camus
2. Tristram Shandy, Laurence Sterne
3. Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes
4. Henderson, The Rain King, Saul Bellow
5. Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
6. USA Trilogy, Jon Dos Passos
7. Ragtime, E. L. Doctorow
8. The Horse’s Mouth, Joyce Cary
9. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
10. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
11. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
12. Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
13. Wang Sher-cheng, The Golden Lotus
14. James Baldwin, Got Tell It on the Mountain
15. The Story of the Stone, Cao Xuexin
16. Ulysses, James Joyce
17. Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley
18. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
19. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
21. Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
22. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
23. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Mario Vargas-Llosa
24. One Hundred years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
25. Candide, Voltaire
26. Property, Valerie Martin

(and authors): Walt Whitman, Williams Carlos Williams, Frank O'Hara, Fernando Pessoa, Philip Lopate, Paul Celan, William Butler Yeats, Amiri Baraka, Charles, Baudelaire, Cezar Vallelo, Federico Garcia Lorca, John Giorno, Sharon Olds, Shakespeare, Anne Carson, Kenneth Koch, Jean Baudrillard, Alice Fulton, Charles Simic, Robert Bly, Spalding Gray, Philip Roth, Wallace Stevens, Stephen Dunn, Philip Levine, Galway Kinnell, Joan Didion, Joe Brainard, Czeslaw Milosz, Tomaz Salamun, Anne Waldman, David Lehman, James Tate, Stephen Dunn, John Keats, WB Yeats, Rainer Maria Rilke, John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Troubadour poets, Sestinas, Lewis Hyde, Albert Goldbarth, William Empson, Kenneth Burke, Francis Ponge, Rene Char, Denis Donoghue, David Trinidad, Roland Barthes, Matthew Arnold, Chuck Klosterman, FT Marinetti, Vladimir Nabakov, Ned Rorem, Susan Sontag, Carol Maso, Lydia Davis,

Too many to list, but among my current top contenders: Moby Dick, Last Psalm (Betsy Sholl), Kite Runner, The Human Line (Ellen Bass), My Sister's Keeper, The Poisonwood Bible, Mill on the Floss, Traveling in the Dark (William Stafford), Duende (Tracey K. Smith), Blood Meridian, The Waves, The Zoo Kepper's Wife and Reading Lolita in Tehran. I also enjoy mysteries (Jonathan Kellerman, Marcia Mueller, Agatha Christie, Ross McDonald, etc. etc.) and sci-fi fantasy (Peter Beagle, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Ann McCafferty, etc. etc., etc.)

Summerhill by Dr. Neill, Richard Scarry's picture books... that said, The Empire's old Clothes by Ariel Dorfman ( I think those Big Books are not imperialist)
Duino Elegies, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Stories of God and everything else by Rilke
I like BOTH fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Mockingbird by Walter Tevis
I like the Bhagavad Gita and the Holy Bible
Tin Drum by Gunther Grass and Johnny got His Gun by Dalton Trumbe (i happen to be against violence)
I will get back to you
Gotta finish Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda and Art of Loving by Erich Fromm

Alias Grace-M. Atwood
Paris Spleen-C. Baudelaire
Invisible Cities-I. Calvino
In Cold Blood-T. Capote
The World Viewed-S. Cavell
The Mystery of Black Eagle Island-E.J. Craine
Discipline and Punish-M. Foucault
Power/Knowledge-M. Foucault
The Yellow Wallpaper-C. Gilman
The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime-M. Haddon
Representation-S. Hall
To Kill A Mockingbird-H. Lee
Shutter Island-D. Lehane
A Game of Thrones-G. Martin
Winnie the Pooh-A.A. Milne
The Deep End of the Ocean-J. Mitchard
Playing in the Dark-T. Morrison
Close Range-A. Proulx
Catcher in the Rye-J.D. Salinger
Me Talk Pretty One Day-D. Sedaris
Other Stories and Other Stories-A. Smith
Arcadia-T. Stoppard
Atget-J. Szarkowski
Classic Essays on Photography-A. Trachtenberg
Stuart Little-E.B. White

blood meridian; eat, pray, love,
mary oliver. foucault's pendulum
the name of the rose. jack kerouac.

Heart of Darkness - Conrad
Nine Short Stories - Salinger
Journey to the End of the Night - Celine
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Dick
The Man Who was Thursday - Chesterton
Moscow to the End of the Line - Erofeev
What Work Is - Levine
Ariel - Plath
Exile in the Kingdom - Camus
Hunger - Hamsun

"Little, Big" - John Crowley
"Pale Fire" and "Ada, or Ardor" (tie) - Vladimir Nabokov
"Envy" - Yuri Olesha
"Lanark - a life in four books" - Alasdair Gray
"The Crying of Lot 49" - Thomas Pynchon
"The Divine Invasion" - Philip K. Dick
"Second Skin" - John Hawkes
"Spring Snow" - Yukio Mishima
"the Land where the Blues Began" - Alan Lomax
"the Invisibles" - Grant Morrison

Jude the Obscure, The Magus, The Complete Poems of W.B. Yeats, Mary Oliver, Elizabeth Bishop, Wordsworth, Geek Love, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare's Sonnets, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Whitman, Steinbeck, Theodore Roethke, Graham Greene, The Bluest Eye, George Saunders, T.C.Boyle!, Steven Millhauser, William Kennedy!, William Trevor, Charles Simic, Wendell Berry (my favorite living author) Jill Paton Walsh, A Thread of Grace, Blood Meridian, Border Trilogy, Jason Rizos, A Primate's Memoir (so good, so funny, so insightful) In the Beauty of the Lilies, Margaret Atwood! Anton Chekhov! Italo Calvino! Kurt Vonnegut, Up in the Old Hotel, John Muir, Sue Hubbell, Astrid & Veronika, The Book Thief, Persepolis, Muriel Spark, Franz Kafka, Luigi Pirandello, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, Shirley Ann Grau, Ivan Doig, Dorothy Allison, West with the Night, Things Fall Apart, Horse Heaven, Seabiscuit: an American Legend, Thom Jones, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore, Alice Munro, Katherine Mansfield, On Writing, How to Read Literature Like a Professor...AND!!! In Cold Blood. But Wait! There's more!!
Bartleby the Scrivener, All the Kings Men, Waiting for Godot, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (oops already said Spark), Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Age of Innocence...more to come... Can anyone recommend a good horse book?

Another lost list rediscovered on the wall
"Little, Big" - John Crowley
"Pale Fire" and "Ada, or Ardor" (tie) - Vladimir Nabokov
"Envy" - Yuri Olesha
"Lanark - a life in four books" - Alasdair Gray
"The Crying of Lot 49" - Thomas Pynchon
"The Divine Invasion" - Philip K. Dick
"Second Skin" - John Hawkes
"Spring Snow" - Yukio Mishima
"the Land where the Blues Began" - Alan Lomax
"the Invisibles" - Grant Morrison

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