Book List

Inspired by Raptitude’s post “Go Deeper, Not Wider” and Kris Drever’s song “Harvest Gypsies” (a reference to Grapes of Wrath) I created a book list and decided that in the
near future, I am going to read what I have, and go to the library if I need to, but catch up
on a lot of good quality fiction, both old and new. I’ve also made an effort to include a lot of non-white, non-European books because the colonizer mentality gets really OLD and there are millions of other viewpoints in the world.
So I made a list and thought I’d share:

My Classics/Must read list
The Jump-off Creek, The Hearts of Horses and Falling from Horses by Molly Gloss
Writer’s Diary, Moments of Being/A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
Seeing, the Cave, The Stone Raft, Elephant’s Journey or All the Names, by José Saramago
On the Nature of Things, by Titus Lucretius Carus
The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
The Voyage of the Beagle, Charles Darwin
Crazy Weather, by Charles L. McNichols
X Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories, by Kij Johnson
Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
Carmen Dog by Carol Emshwiller
The Fountain, by Charles Morgan
Satanic Verses, Imaginary Homelands: Essays, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Midnight’s Children, The Moor’s Last Sigh, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’, Salman Rushdie
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
The Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto Che Guevara
The House of the Spirits, and City of Beasts Isabel Allende
Love in the time of Cholera and Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
The Shadow, H.C. Andersen
Smilla’s Sense of Snow / Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow Peter Høeg
Henrik Ibsen – A Doll’s House
Arundhati Roy – God of Small Things
Homer’s Ilyad and Oddessey
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
chimamanda ngozi adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah
An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma
The Death Of Vishnu by Manil Suri
Cuckold by Kiran Nagarkar
The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Love Among The Bookshelves by Ruskin Bond
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
The Palace Of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
The Guide R.K. Narayan
Galpo Guccho by Rabindranath Tagore
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian – Nirad C. Chaudhuri
The Melancholy of Resistance, by László Krasznahorkai
The Thousand and One Nights, also called The Arabian Nights
Don Quixote (Word Cloud Classics) by Miguel de Cervantes
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Beloved and Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
Anna Karenina or War & Peace by Tolstoy
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Stories of Anton Chekhov
The Stories of John Cheever
The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout
Stones for Ibarra by Harriet Doerr
Annie Allen (PP) and Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks
Elena Poniatowska’s La Flor de Lis
For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri
Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
And Then We Heard the Thunder by John Oliver Killens (Black GI’s in WWII)
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (1351–53) ?!
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann 
Exodus by Leon Urus
Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham,
The Old Wives’ Tale (The Five Towns) HG Wells
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead (2004)
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
Edward P Jones, The Known World (2003) PP
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007)
The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl… John Steinbeck
Jonathan Safran Foer: Everything Is Illuminated and others (later)
Laila Lalami: Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (2005), Secret Son (2009), The Moor’s Account (2014)
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Ones that I’ve read that I think belong on this list:
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Illusions, Richard Bach
 (My favorite book ever).
Lavinia Ursula LeGuin (if not every single book she’s written)
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

Guns Germs & Steel Jared Diamond,
1491 Charles C. Mann
The Birth of Black America Tim Hashaw
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now, by Maya Angelou
Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky
A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking


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