Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul. --Joyce Carol Oates

Monday, August 30, 2004

To Be Read List

The Paris Review Book of People With Problems.
The Monkey Wrench Gang. Edward Abbey
English Music. Peter Ackroyd
First Light. Peter Ackroyd
The Life of Thomas More. Peter Ackroyd
London: The Biography. Peter Ackroyd
Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Weight of Dreams. Jonis Agee
Monsieur Proust. Celeste Albaret
The House of the Spirits. Isabel Allende
Zarafa. Michael Allin
Kit's Wilderness. David Almond
The Sagas of Icelanders. Anonymous
Buddha. Karen Armstrong
A History of God. Karen Armstrong
Through the Narrow Gate. Karen Armstrong
Hunter's Horn. Harriette Arnow
Moral Disorder. Margaret Atwood
Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sanditon. Jane Austen
April Witch. Majgull Axelson
An Awfully Big Adventure. Beryl Bainbridge
Room Temperature. Nicholson Baker
The Size of Thoughts. Nicholson Baker
Emerson Among the Eccentrics. Carlos Baker
Lives of the Monster Dogs. Kirsten Bakis
Servants of the Map. Andrea Barrett
Giles Goat-Boy. John Barth
The Hermit's Story. Rick Bass
The Lives of Rocks. Rick Bass
Platte River. Rick Bass
Burning Down the House. Charles Baxter
The Lost Ones. Samuel Beckett
A Favorite of the Gods. Sybille Bedord
Zuleika Dobson. Max Beerbohm
Barking Man and Other Stories. Madison Smartt Bell
More Die of Heartbreak. Saul Bellow
Why I Have Not Written Any of My Books. Marcel Benabou
The Astronomer and Other Stories. Doris Betts
The Scarlet Thread. Doris Betts
Kill Your Darlings. Terence Blacker
The Creators. Daniel J. Boorstin
The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen
The House in Paris. Elizabeth Bowen
The Last September. Elizabeth Bowen
Brazzaville Beach. William Boyd
Year Before Last. Kay Boyle
Quicker Than the Eye. Ray Bradbury
Witches and Neighbors. Robin Briggs
The Death of Virgil. Hermann Broch
It Wasn't All Dancing. Mary Ward Brown
Little Green Men. Christopher Buckley
The Professor of Light. Marina Budhos
The Fatal Eggs. Mikhail Bulgakov
The Master and Margarita. Mikhail Bulgakov
Evelina. Fanny Burney
Tabloid Dreams. Robert Olen Butler
The Matisse Stories. A.S. Byatt
The Shadow of the Sun. A.S. Byatt
Imagining Characters. A.S. Byatt and Ignes Sodre
Ka. Roberto Calasso
Literature and the Gods. Roberto Calasso
The Cloud Atlas. Liam Callahan
If on a winter's night a traveler. Italo Calvino
Invisible Cities. Italo Calvino
The Weekend. Peter Cameron
Blue River. Ethan Canin
The Palace Thief. Ethan Canin
Nine Fairy Tales and One More Thrown in for Good Measure. Karel Capek
Bliss. Peter Carey
Jack Maggs. Peter Carey
Oscar and Lucinda. Peter Carey
The Edge of the Sea. Rachel Carson
Under the Sea Wind. Rachel Carson
In the Stacks: Short Stories About Libraries and Librarians. Michael Cart, ed.
Death Comes For the Archbishop. Willa Cather
The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. Michael Chabon
Summerland. Michael Chabon
The Songlines. Bruce Chatwin
The Essential Plays. Anton Chekhov
Stories. Anton Chekhov
Monkey. Wu Ch'Eng'En
The Chymical Wedding. Linday Clarke
The Backbone of the World. Frank Clifford
Foe. J.M. Coetzee
Life and Times of Michael K. J.M. Coetzee
Glass, Paper, Beans. Leah Hager Cohen
Another Marvelous Thing. Laurie Colwin
Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object. Laurie Colwin
Bringing Out the Dead. Joe Connelly
Lord Jim. Joseph Conrad
Signals of Distress. Jim Crace
Celebration. Harry Crews
Timeline. Michael Crichton
The Summer Guest. Justin Cronin
Aegypt. John Crowley
Lord Byron's Novel. John Crowley
Flesh and Blood. Michael Cunningham
The Voyage of the Beagle. Charles Darwin
The Ugliest House in the World. Peter Ho Davies
The Cornish Trilogy. Robertson Davies
The Merry Heart. Robertson Davies
Winter Range. Claire Davis
Hell. Kathryn Davis
The End of the Story. Lydia Davis
The Blind Watchmaker. Richard Dawkins
The Secret Country. Pamela Dean
The Whim of the Dragon. Pamela Dean
Birds Without Wings. Louis de Bernieres
Corelli's Mandolin. Louis de Bernieres
The Consolations of Philosophy. Alain de Botton
Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe
Mao II. Don DeLillo
Guns, Germs, and Steel. Jared Diamond
The Living. Annie Dillard
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Annie Dillard
Teaching a Stone to Talk. Annie Dillard
Waterworks. E.L. Doctorow
The Tiger in the Grass. Harriet Doerr
The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits. Emma Donoghue
Dancing at the Rascal Fair. Ivan Doig
This House of Sky. Ivan Doig
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water. Michael Dorris
Demons. Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Idiot. Fyodor Dostoevsky
Sister Carrie. Theodore Dreiser
Voices from the Moon. Andre Dubus
The Way That Water Enters Stone. John Dufresne
The Three Musketeers. Alexander Dumas
The Square. Marguerite Duras
The Afternoon of Mr. Andesmas. Marguerite Duras
Menagerie Manor. Gerald Durrell
A Zoo in My Luggage. Gerald Durrell
Baudolino. Umberto Eco
Foucault's Pendulum. Umberto Eco
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana. Umberto Eco
The Land Breakers. John Ehle
Move Over, Mountain. John Ehle
All Around Atlantis. Deborah Eisenberg
Adam Bede. George Eliot
Daniel Deronda. George Eliot
The MacGuffin. Stanley Elkin
The Clothes in the Wardrobe. Alice Thomas Ellis
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. Joseph J. Ellis
Invisible Man. Ralph Ellison
The Beet Queen. Louise Erdrich
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. Louise Erdrich
The Open Curtain. Brian Evenson
Some Rain Must Fall. Michel Faber
Go Down, Moses. William Faulkner
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard P. Feynman
Spadework. Timothy Findley
Parrots' Wood. Erma J. Fisk
Tender is the Night. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bouvard and Pecuchet. Gustave Flaubert
The Barbarian Conversion: From Paganism to Christianity. Richard Fletcher
Ladysmith. Giles Foden
Rock Springs. Richard Ford
Parade's End. Ford Madox Ford
Beat to Quarters. C.S. Forester
Arctic Summer. E.M. Forster
Aspects of the Novel. E.M. Forster
Strong Motion. Jonathan Franzen
The Golden Bough. James George Frazer
Thirteen Moons. Charles Frazier
Two Girls, Fat and Thin. Mary Gaitskill
Collected Stories. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Living to Tell the Tale. Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Grendel. John Gardner
Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. Margaret George
Net of Jewels. Ellen Gilchrist
Golden Country. Jennifer Gilmore
Shot in the Heart. Mikal Gilmore
The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories. George Gissing
Vita Nova. Louise Gluck
The Sorrows of Young Werther. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Family Markowitz. Allegra Goodman
July's People. Nadine Gordimer
A Sport of Nature. Nadine Gordimer
Falling Angels. Barbara Gowdy
Mister Sandman. Barbara Gowdy
The Tin Drum. Gunter Grass
Claudius the God. Robert Graves
Will in the World. Stephen Greenblatt
Collected Stories. Graham Greene
White People. Allan Gurganus
My Wars are Laid Away in Books. Alfred Habegger
Mariette in Ecstasy. Ron Hansen
Far From the Madding Crowd. Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge. Thomas Hardy
Selected Poems. Thomas Hardy
Two on a Tower. Thomas Hardy
The Woodlanders. Thomas Hardy
The Go-Between. L.P. Hartley
Water Wings. Kristen den Hartog
Where You Once Belonged. Kent Haruf
The Blithedale Romance. Hawthorne
The Transit of Venus. Shirley Hazzard
Nowhere Man. Aleksandar Hemon
The Question of Bruno. Aleksandar Hemon
The Histories. Herodotus
I Served the King of England. Bohumil Hrabal
Only the Little Bone. David Huddle
Story of a Million Years. David Huddle
The Cowboy and the Cossack. Clair Huffaker
Hunchback of Notre Dame. Victor Hugo
Les Miserables. Victor Hugo
Publish and Perish. James Hynes
Freethinkers. Susan Jacoby
The Ambassadors. Henry James
The Golden Bowl. Henry James
Selected Tales. Henry James
What Maisie Knew. Henry James
Night Falls Fast. Kay Redfield Jamison
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Wayne Johnston
Dubliners. James Joyce
Ulysses. James Joyce
Hyperspace. Michio Kaku
Snow Country. Yasunari Kawabata
To Dance With the White Dog. Terry Kay
Lake Wobegon Days. Garrison Keillor
The Outlaw Trail. Charles Kelly
A Visitation of Spirits. Randall Kenan
Otherwise: New and Selected Poems. Jane Kenyon
Liar's Moon. Philip Kimball
Kim. Rudyard Kipling
Still Life with Insects. Brian Kiteley
The Willow Field. William Kittredge
Black Oxen. Elizabeth Knox
Cod. Mark Kurlansky
Salt. Mark Kurlansky
Miniatures. Norah Labiner
Interpreter of Maladies. Jhumpa Lahiri
Rosie. Anne Lamott
Independent People. Halldor Laxness
Paradise Reclaimed. Halldor Laxness
World Light. Halldor Laxness
Into Thin Air. Caroline Leavitt
Hannibal. Ross Leckie
Virginia Woolf. Hermione Lee
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name. Heather Lende
The Phantom of the Opera. Gaston Leroux
The Golden Notebook. Doris Lessing
The Sweetest Dream. Doris Lessing
As She Climbed Across the Table. Jonathan Lethem
Second Draft of My Life. Sara Lewis
Elmer Gantry. Sinclair Lewis
Kingsblood Royal. Sinclair Lewis
Flash House. Aimee Liu
Cleopatra's Sister. Penelope Lively
Heat Wave. Penelope Lively
Moon Tiger. Penelope Lively
Homework. Margot Livesey
The British Museum is Falling Down. David Lodge
Foreign Affairs. Alison Lurie
Only Children. Alison Lurie
Grace Notes. Bernard MacLaverty
Island. Alistair MacLeod
Palace Walk. Naguib Mahfouz
Handling Sin. Michael Malone
An Imaginary Life. David Malouf
Into the Looking-Glass Wood. Alberto Manguel
A Reading Diary. Alberto Manguel
Buddenbrooks. Thomas Mann
Death in Venice. Thomas Mann
Katherine Mansfield's Short Stories
An Experiment in Love. Hilary Mantel
The Giant, O'Brien. Hilary Mantel
Reader's Block. David Markson
Wittgenstein's Mistress. David Markson
Point of No Return. John Marquand
The Hunger Moon. Suzanne Matson
Hilda and Pearl. Alice Mattison
Cakes and Ale. W. Somerset Maugham
Liza of Lambeth. W. Somerset Maugham
The Moon and Sixpence. W. Somerset Maugham
The Folded Leaf. William Maxwell
Encore Provence. Peter Mayle
Tears of the Giraffe. Alexander McCall Smith
Blood Meridian. Cormac McCarthy
The Crossing. Cormac McCarthy
Word Painting. Rebecca McClanahan
Niagara Falls All Over Again. Elizabeth McCracken
Mr. Darwin's Shooter. Roger McDonald
Some Can Whistle. Larry McMurtry
Boone's Lick. Larry McMurtry
Anything for Billy. Larry McMurtry
The Metaphysical Club. Louis Menand
When the World Was Steady. Claire Messud
The River of Doubt. Candice Millard
The Barnum Museum. Steven Millhauser
Martin Dressler. Steven Millhauser
Up in the Old Hotel. Joseph Mitchell
Nathaniel's Nutmeg. Giles Milton
Paradise Lost. John Milton
Tulip Fever. Doborah Moggach
Birds of America. Lorrie Moore
The World I Made For Her. Thomas Moran
Gap Creek. Robert Morgan
Vanished. Mary McGarry Morris
Towing Jehovah. James Morrow
The Stones of Summer. Dow Mossman
Friend of My Youth. Alice Munro
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Haruki Murakami
The Bell. Iris Murdoch
The Book and the Brotherhood. Iris Murdoch
A Fairly Honourable Defeat. Iris Murdoch
The Good Apprentice. Iris Murdoch
The Message to the Planet. Iris Murdoch
The Nun and the Soldier. Iris Murdoch
Pale Fire. Vladimir Nabokov
Transparent Things. Vladimir Nabokov
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey. V.S. Naipaul
A Bend in the River. V.S. Naipaul
Suite Francaise. Irene Nemirovsky
The Good People of New York. Thisbe Nissen
Lempriere's Dictionary. Lawrence Norfolk
The Pope’s Rhinoceros. Lawrence Norfolk
Doctors. Sherwin B. Nuland
The Falls. Joyce Carol Oates
The Reverse of the Letter. Patrick O’Brian
The Nutmeg of Consolation. Patrick O’Brian
The Hundred Days. Patrick O'Brian
The Unknown Shore. Patrick O'Brian
At Swim-Two-Birds. Flan O'Brien
The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien
The Circus Fire. Stewart O'Nan
A World Away. Stewart O'Nan
The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje
The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup. Susan Orlean
Coming Up For Air. George Orwell
A Tale of Love and Darkness. Amos Oz
The Black Book. Orhan Pamuk
Istanbul. Orhan Pamuk
Europa. Tim Parks
Carnival Evening. Linda Pastan
The Last of How It Was. T. R. Pearson
Off For the Sweet Hereafter. T.R. Pearson
Who I Was Supposed To Be. Susan Perabo
A House in Sicily. Daphne Phelps
Prague. Arthur Phillips
Omnivore's Dilemma. Michael Pollan
Gringos. Charles Portis
Davita's Harp. Chaim Potok
A Time to be Born. Dawn Powell
Galatea 2.2. Richard Powers
Highway 12. Christian Probasco
Close Range: Wyoming Stories. Annie Proulx
Postcards. E. Annie Proulx
The Guermantes Way. Marcel Proust
Sodom and Gomorrah. Marcel Proust
Quartet in Autumn. Barbara Pym
The Crying of Lot 49. Thomas Pynchon
Mason and Dixon. Thomas Pynchon
Vineland. Thomas Pynchon
Monsters of God. David Quammen
The Song of the Dodo. David Quammen
Passage to Juneau. Jonathan Raban
The Italian. Ann Radcliffe
Islands. Marta Randall
Wide Sargasso Sea. Jean Rhys
Memnoch the Devil. Anne Rice
Solomon Gursky Was Here. Mordechai Richler
Pig Cookies and Other Stories. Alberto Alvaro Rios
The Ghost Writer. Philip Roth
Fury. Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie
Kindergarten. Peter Rushforth
Mohawk. Richard Russo
An Anthropologist on Mars. Oliver Sacks
All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West
The Soloist. Mark Salzman
. . . And Ladies of the Club. Helen Hooven Santmyer
Blindness. Jose Saramago
The History of the Siege of Lisbon. Jose Saramago
Rameau's Niece. Cathleen Schine
Victorian America. Thomas J. Schlereth
Max and the Cats. Moacyr Scliar
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey. Lillian Schlissel
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. David Sedaris
Celebration. Mary Lee Settle
I, Roger Williams. Mary Lee Settle
The Tale of Genji. Murasaki Shikibu (Royall Tyler, translator)
The Obituary Writer. Porter Shreve
Wickerby. Charles Siebert
Almanac of the Dead. Leslie Marmon Silko
Ceremony. Leslie Marmon Silko
A Cowboy Detective. Charles A. Siringo
At Paradise Gate. Jane Smiley
Barn Blind. Jane Smiley
The Greenlanders. Jane Smiley
Horse Heaven. Jane Smiley
Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel. Jane Smiley
A Year at the Races. Jane Smiley
The Whole Story and Other Stories. Ali Smith
The Noonday Demon. Andrew Solomon
In America. Susan Sontag
The Volcano Lover. Susan Sontag
A Far Cry From Kensington. Muriel Spark
Robinson. Muriel Spark
I'm Dying Laughing. Christina Stead
Letty Fox. Christina Stead
The Man Who Loved Children. Christina Stead
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian. Wallace Stegner
Recapitulation. Wallace Stegner
East of Eden. John Steinbeck
The Charterhouse of Parma. Stendhal
The Life of Henry Brulard. Stendhal
A Sentimental Journey. Laurence Sterne
Tristram Shandy. Laurence Sterne
The Confessions of Nat Turner. William Styron
Sophie's Choice. William Styron
Last Orders. Graham Swift
Waterland. Graham Swift
Gulliver's Travels. Jonathan Swift
The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. Maria Tatar
Vanity Fair. William Thackery
This Thing of Darkness. Harry Thompson
Imagining Argentina. Lawrence Thornton
History of the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides
Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living. Carrie Tiffany
Thomas Hardy. Claire Tomalin
Our Lady of the Circus. David Toscana
Tula Station. David Toscana
Noah's Ark. Barbara Trapido
Two Lives. William Trevor
Other People's Children. Joanna Trollope
Distant Mirror. Barbara Tuchman
The First Salute. Barbara Tuchman
Smoke. Ivan Turgenev
The Man Called Cash. Steve Turner
Lunar Men. Jenny Uglow
Kristin Lavransdatter. Sigrid Undset
The Rage of the Vulture. Barry Unsworth
The Stone Virgin. Barry Unsworth
Self-Consciousness. John Updike
The Underpainter. Jane Urquhart
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Mario Vargas Llosa
Conversations in Sicily. Elio Vittorini
Fathers and Sons. William T. Vollman
Where She Went. Kate Walbert
Precious Bane. Mary Webb
The Life of Elizabeth I. Alison Weir
The Wars of the Roses. Alison Weir
The Collected Stories. Eudora Welty
Crazy Ladies. Michael Lee West
Cousin Rosamund. Rebecca West
The Birds Fall Down. Rebecca West
The Strange Necessity. Rebecca West
This Real Night. Rebecca West
The Glimpses of the Moon. Edith Wharton
The Old Maid. Edith Wharton
Summer. Edith Wharton
Salamander. Thomas Wharton
Jenny and the Jaws of Life. Jincy Willett
Stoner. John Williams
Saints and Strangers. George F. Willison
The Map That Changed the World. Simon Winchester
The Meaning of Everything. Simon Winchester
Sexing the Cherry. Jeanette Winterson
In Pharaoh's Army. Tobias Wolff
The Night in Question. Tobias Wolff
The Book Against God. James Wood
A Moment's Liberty: the Shorter Diary. Virginia Woolf
Night and Day. Virginia Woolf
Orlando. Virginia Woolf
The Waves. Virginia Woolf
The Easter Parade. Richard Yates
Revolutionary Road. Richard Yates
Memoirs of Hadrian. Marguerite Yourcenar
Germinal. Emile Zola