Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Suggested Summer Reading

So, these are the suggestions from people via Facebook, this blog, and elsewhere. Mind you, I may not get to all of these books, but I'll certainly see if I can get a hold of a copy somewhere. Here it is:

Leslie Marmon Silko: Almanac of the Dead--currently reading.
Junot Diaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Jeffery Eugenides: Middlesex
Haruki Murakami: After Dark
Kelly Link: Stranger Things Happen
Ed. Michael Chabon: Best American Short Stories of 2005
Michael Ondaatje: Coming Through Slaughter
Ed Pavlic: Winners Have Yet To Be Announced
Adrian Matejka: Mixology
Daniel Chacon: Unending Rooms
Alice Sebold: Lovely Bones
Denise Duhamel: Ka-Chang!
Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Garage Sale
Beth Glylys: Bodies that Hum
Arundahti Roy: The God of Small Things
Peter McCabe: Butcher Boy
Karen Russell: St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Roberto Bolano: 2666
JG Ballard: Empire of the Sun
Alison Bechdel: Fun Home
Elias Canetti: Auto-da-Fe
Thom Gunn: Thom Gunn: Selected Poems
David Markson: The Last Novel
Richard Price: Lush Life
Jay Wright: Transfigurations
Laurie Sheck: Captivity
Felix Feneon: Novels in Three Lines
Haruki Marukami: Kafka on the Shore
Antonio Munoz Molina: Sepharad
Gerhard Richter: Writings 1961-1993
Jerzy Kosinski: Steps
Charles Johnson: Dreamer
David Markson: Wittgenstein's Mistress
Joe LeSueur: Digressions on Some Poems by Frank O'Hara
Ahron Appelfeld: Badenheim 1939
Nathaniel Mackey: Bass Cathedral
Janet Malcolm: In the Freud Archives
Nick Tosches: The Devil and Sonny Liston
Nick Tosches: Where Dead Voices Gather
bell hooks: Wounds of Passion
Raymon Queneau: Exercises in Style
Jacob Riis: How the Other Half Lives
Alan Dugan: Poems Seven
Kazuo Ohno: World from Without and Within
Rutu Modan: Exit Wounds
Paul Metcalf: Both
Ben Marcus: Notable American Women
W.G. Sebald: Austerlitz
Louise Erdrich: Master Butchers Singing Club
Douglas Coupland: JPod
LJ Davis: A Meaningful Life
Claire Hero: Sing, Mongrel
Attila Bartis: Tranquility
Catherine Bowman: The Plath Cabinet
Liz Waldner: Trust
Barbara Maloutas: The Whole Marie
Sheila Heti: Ticknor
Carmen Gimenez Smith: Odalisque in Pieces
Katherine Dunn: Geek Love
Craig Lesley: Burning Fence
Tom Philips: A Humument
Mahmoud Darwish: Memory for Forgetfulness
Yasunari Kawabata: Beauty and Sadness
Michael Ondaatje: In the Skin of a Lion
George Stewart: Names on the Land
Lawrence Weschler: Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees
Elfreide Jelinek: Anything by her *Thanks E.*
James Harms: After West
Fatima Mernissi: Dreams of Trespass
Jane Hirshfield: Nine Gates
Hayden Carruth: Collected Shorter Poems
Bert Meyers: In a Dybbuk's Raincoat
Patricia Smith: Blood Dazzler
Steve Lopez: The Soloist
Terry Tempest Williams: Finding Beauty in a Broken World
Tobias Wolff: Our Story Begins
James Conrad: Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago
Yannick Murphy: In a Bear's Eye
Roberto Bolano: Last Evenings on Earth
Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis: Suspended in Language: Niels Bohr's Life, Discoveries, and the Century He Shaped
Michael Connely: City of Bones
Octavia Butler: Kindred


Whew. Lots of books. We'll see which ones I get to. 32 books is an awful lot.


Sent the manuscript out this afternoon. Decided not to release version 3.0 this round. I think 3.0 still lacks crucial content.


Current Spin:

Eulogies. There ya go, Lee. ;-)


January said...

That is a lot of books! Junot Diaz and Denise Duhamel are on my list for the summer.

Geek Love is one of my all-time favorites.

How did you decide on 32 as the number of books?

Oliver de la Paz said...

Yeah, it's a lot of books, and no, I'm not going to read all of those, though I am going to look into them.

I mentioned my reasoning for 32 on FB. Basically it's an arbitrary but obtainable number. I can read poetry books in half a day or so.

I want to be able to balance my reading list with my writing life and my family life, and my summer is longish--it basically starts from this coming Friday all the way to the end of September.

Anonymous said...

The God of Small Things. Dear God, yes. Right now. Read it. It will be more your alley than say Ben Marcus (who is admirable, nonetheless). I promise you. --Papatya

Collin Kelley said...

Wowsers. That list would keep you busy for the next decade!

Good luck with the manuscript.

Oliver de la Paz said...

No kidding, Collin. Sean Singer dumped something like 28 recommendations on me in Facebook.

Lee Herrick said...

Thanks, Oliver! I'm loving the Eulogies!

Pinoy Showbiz News said...

Thanks for the suggestion Sir. YOu have a great blog out here. :)