04 May 2010


Look Away.
Originally uploaded by Luna Soledad
An incomplete, alphabetical list of some of my favorites:
  • "13 1/2" by Nevada Barr
  • "A Girl Named Zippy: Growing Up Small in Mooreland, Indiana" by Haven Kimmel
  • "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
  • "Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths" by Bruce Feiler
  • "Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a Bad Neighborhood" by Hollis Gillespie
  • "Confessions of a Recovering Slut: And Other Love Stories" by Hollis Gillespie
  • "Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America" by Firoozeh Dumas
  • "Getting Stoned with Savages: A Trip Through the Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu" by J. Maarten Troost
  • "Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure" by Sarah Macdonald
  • "Jesusland: A Memoir" by Julia Scheeres
  • "Let the Right One In: A Novel" by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • "My Lobotomy" by Howard Dully
  • "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" by T.S. Eliot
  • "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout
  • "Rain of Gold" by Victor E. Villaseñor
  • "Road-side Dog" by Czeslaw Milosz
  • "She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana" by Haven Kimmel
  • "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach
  • "Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson" by Mitch Albom
  • "The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller
  • "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon
  • "The Girl in the Red Coat: A Memoir" by Roma Ligocka
  • "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeannette Walls
  • "The Help" by Katheryn Stockett
  • "The Heretic's Daughter: A Novel" by Kathleen Kent
  • "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
  • "The Mercy of Thin Air" by Ronlyn Domingue
  • "The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust" by Edith H. Beer
  • "The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry" edited by Alan Kaufman
  • "The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink
  • "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd
  • "The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific" by J. Maarten Troost
  • "The Space Between Us: A Novel" by Thirty Umrigar
  • "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger
  • "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath" by Sylvia Plath
  • "Verses That Hurt: Pleasure and Pain from the POEMFONE Poets" edited by Jordan Trachtenberg
  • "Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears" by Jerry Ellis

"There are books which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative."

...Ralph Waldo Emerson


  1. Love your list! One day I'll make mine :). I'd like to make additional recs (if I may..take 'em or leave 'em):

    "Have a Little Faith" - Mitch Albom (If you loved "Tuesdays" you'll likely love this one too - another true story that makes you think)

    "She's Come Undone" - Wally Lamb
    "I Know This Much is True" - Wally Lamb
    (I am currently reading "The Hour I First Believed" by WL - I'll let you know how that is)

    I will also read anything and everything by David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs. If you have not read Burroughs I *strongly* recommend him. He wrote "Running with Scissors" though my favorite of his is "Possible Side Effects."

    You like the way I just threw these at you when you did not even ask? :)

  2. Cool. Thanks. =)
    You know, I keep a tiny Moleskin in my purse which I use just for my reading list; check them off as I read them & write in new ones I want to read. (This saves loads of time at the bookstore.)

    Have read several of Augusten Burroughs books (well, do audio books count?) & absolutely LOVE him. Have yet to check out Sedaris but it's on my list!