Summer Reading List – 29 good… and 29 *great* books

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My reading list, this summer?

Here are 29 books… that I suspect to be pretty good.

And another 29 books… that I suspect to be great.

Update, spring 2013: I managed to read a good number of the books. See the orange text for my ratings!

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Good books…

01: JAMES FREY, “Bright shiny Morning”, 501 pages, 2008.

02: ALICIA ERIAN, “Towelhead”, 336 pages, 2006.

03: LYNN COADY, “The Antagonist”, 352 pages, 2001.

04: SAPPHIRE, “Push”, 179 pages, 1996.

05: HOWARD ZINN, “You can’t be neutral on a moving Train”, 224 pages, 1994.

07: CHRISTIE HODGEN, ‘Elegies for the Brokenhearted’, 256 pages, 2010.

08: DODIE SMITH, ‘I capture the Castle’, 352 pages, 1948. [Coming of Age]

09: JOHN B. THOMPSON, ‘Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the 21st Century’, 440 pages, 2010. [Cultural Studies / Nonfiction]

10: JERRY MANDER, ‘Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television’, 376 pages, 1978 [Essay]

11: RUSSELL BANKS, ‘Affliction’, 368 pages, 1989.

12: LAWRENCE DURRELL: ‘The Alexandria Quartet’, 884 pages, 1957.

13: SUZETTE MAYR, ‘Monoceros’, 280 pages, 2011.

14: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”, 240 pages, 2005.

15: JOHAN HARSTAD, “Buzz Aldrin, what happened to you in all the Confusion?”, 478 pages, 2005. [Young Adult, Norway] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: CATHERINE CHUNG, “Forgotten Country”, 304 pages, 2012.

17: CHARLOTTE ROGAN, “The Lifeboat”, 275 pages, 2012.

18: EDMUND WHITE, “Jack Holmes and his Friend”, 392 pages, 2012.

19: MARK OLIVER EVERETT, “Things the Grandchildren should know”, 256 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

20: NICK ANTOSCA, “Fires”, 194 pages, 2006.

21: AMY WALDMAN, “The Submission”, 300 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

22: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN, “Tales of the City”, 296 pages, 1978.

23: MICHAEL MARSHALL SMITH, “Only Forward”, 310 pages, 1994.

24: KIRSTEN D. RANDLE, “The only Alien on the Planet”, 228 pages, 1995. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

25: TONY EARLEY, “The Blue Star”, 304 pages, 2008.

26: JOSE MANUEL PRIETO, “Rex”, 336 pages, 2009.

27: GARTH STEIN, “The Art of Racing in the Rain”, 321 pages, 2008.

28: DIETMAR DATH, “Für immer in Honig”, 1035 pages, 2005 [German].

28: WALTER TEVIS, “The Queen’s Gambit”, 183 pages, 1983.

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Great books…!

01: JESSE BROWNER, “Everything happens today”, 224 pages, 2011.

02: SLOAN WILSON, “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”, 288 pages, 1954.

03: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, “The Rules of Inheritance”, 304 pages, 2012.

04: LIZ MOORE, “Heft”, 352 pages, 2012. 2 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

05: EOWYN IVEY, “The Snow Child”, 352 pages, 2012.

06: ANDERS NILSEN, “Don’t go where I can’t follow”, 244, 2007. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

07: ADAM LEVIN, ‘The Instructions’, 1030 pages, 2010

08: JAMES SALTER, ‘Light Years’, 308 pages, 1975.

09: DAVID MARKSON, ‘The Last Novel’, 220 pages, 2007. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

10: DOROTHY BAKER, ‘Cassandra at the Wedding’, 256 pages, 1962.

11: TIM WISE, “White like me. Reflections on Race from a privileged Son”, 250 pages, 2004.

12: JOACHIM MEYERHOFF, “Alle Toten fliegen hoch”, 319 pages, 2011.

13: JEANETTE WINTERSON, “Why be happy when you could be normal?”, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

14: ISMET PRCIC, “Shards”, 400 pages, 2011. 3 of 5 stars. Not recommended.

15: GUY DELISLE, “Jerusalem”, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

16: WILLIAM MAXWELL, “The Folded Leaf”, 289 pages, 1945.

17: ERIC WALTERS, “Safe as Houses”, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended for younger readers.

18: SHARON M. DRAPER, “Out of my Mind”, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult] 4 of 5 stars. Recommended.

19: ALISON BECHDEL, “Are you my Mother?”, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

20: PATRICK DeWITT, “The Sisters Brothers”, 352 pages, 2011.

21: DOROTHY CANFIELD-FISHER, “The Home-Maker”, 320 pages, 1924.

22: C.D. PAYNE, “Youth in Revolt”, 499 pages, 1995. [Young Adult]

23: KAUI HART HEMMINGS, “The Descendants”, 283 pages, 2007.

24: E.L. DOCTOROW, “The Book of Daniel”, 320 pages, 1971.

25: ROBERT BOSWELL, “Century’s Son”, 320 pages, 2002.

26: ANDRE DUBUS, “Selected Stories”, 496 pages, 1988.

27: TOVE JANSSON, “Fair Play”, 179 pages, 1989. 4 of 5 stars. Recommended. But her “Summer Book” is even better.

28: FRANCIS SPUFFORD, “Red Plenty”, 448 pages, 2007.

29: JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI, “The Makiota Sisters”, 544 pages, 1946.

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