A Selection: The 21st Century edition

Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome

To Say Nothing of the Dog – Connie Willis

Home – Marilynne Robinson

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Anthony Marra

Happy All the Time – Laurie Colwin

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

Freddy and Fredericka – Mark Helprin

Legend of a Suicide – David Vann

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City – Nick Flynn

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men – David Foster Wallace

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill

The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter Miller

How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer

Hush Up and Listen Stinky Poo Butt – Ken Sparling

The Cider House Rules – John Irving

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Lay Down My Sword and Shield – James Lee Burke

Johnny Too Bad – John Dufresne

A Spot of Bother – Mark Haddon

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – David Wroblewski

And Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

No One Belongs Here More Than You – Miranda July

The 42nd Parallel – John Dos Passos

In the Devil’s Territory – Kyle Minor

Bob, Or Man on Boat – Peter Markus

Telex From Cuba – Rachel Kushner

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

The Crossing – Cormac McCarthy

Cities of the Plain – Cormac McCarthy

Lives of the Poets – E.L. Doctorow

Don’t Get Too Comfortable – David Rackoff

Drown – Junot Diaz

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman

IV – Chuck Klosterman

The Love Artist – Jane Allison

The Translator’s Diary – Jon Pineda

Dogs of God – Pinckney Benedict

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

Something Happened – Joseph Heller

Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

Spider – Patrick McGrath

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Birds of America – Lori Moore

Surreal South – Pinckney and Laura Benedict, eds.

In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere – Z.Z. Packer

The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

Safekeeping – Abigail Thomas

Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates

The Passion – Jeanette Winterson

Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

The Winter of Our Discontent – John Steinbeck

East of Eden – John Steinbeck

Travels with Charlie in Search of America – John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

This Clumsy Living – Bob Hicok

Words for Empty and Words for Full – Bob Hicok

Jesus’ Son – Denis Johnson

American Pastoral – Philip Roth

Red Ant House – Ann Cummins

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers

You Shall Know Our Velocity – Dave Eggers

You Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? – Dave Eggers

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Dubliners – James Joyce

In Persuasion Nation – George Saunders

The Perfect Man – Naeem Murr

The Boy – Naeem Murr

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

No Telephone to Heaven – Michelle Cliff

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents – Julia Alvarez

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Sailing Alone Around the Room – Billy Collins

The Bad Wife Handbook – Rachael Zucker

To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf

Blindness – Jose Saramago

Seeing – Jose Saramago

The King Must Die – Mary Renault

Schindler’s List – Thomas Keneally

Le Morte D’Arthur – Thomas Malory

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Coming Through Slaughter – Michael Ondaatje

Divisadero – Michael Ondaatje

The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje


2 thoughts on “Books I Loved

  1. “Shantaram”- by Gregory David Roberts is a must-read! Oh, and I just finished the “Other Hand.” Sorry if I’m intruding (grinning awkwardly).

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