2007 Booklist

This is my non-poetry reading list. I'll post a poetry list later in the week. And, as always, I'm looking for books to add.

Current read
Short Stories—My Life in Heavy Metal, Steve Almond.
Great read if you're looking for something edgy. I'll probably read all of his books this year. Steve is a Boston-area writer with whom I had the good fortune of having dinner with before this book was published. (Of course, he probably wouldn't remember—it was that long ago.)

2007 List
Autobiography—A Personal History, Katherine Graham
Memoir—One Art: Letters by Elizabeth Bishop
Memoir—Broken Music, Sting
International Fiction—Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
History—Against All Enemies, Richard A. Clarke
Field of Interest—The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
Author I’ve never read—Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Peter Hoeg
Classic—Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck
Classic—East of Eden—John Steinbeck
Beloved—Toni Morrison
Classic—I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
Nonfiction—Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, Michael Lewis
Re-read—Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
Suggested by Twitches—Life of Pi, Yann Martel


G said…
My husband loved "Liar's Poker," but I haven't read it yet. I'd suggest anything by Jim Harrison, but especially "Returning to Earth," his most recent. (I wrote about it on my blog.)"Beloved" is wonderful!
January said…
Lately I've read a lot about Jim Harrison. A friend of mine sent me an article about him so maybe it's time to add his fiction and poetry to my list.
ecm said…
You have such a diverse list. I think I read Beloved twice to get the plot and a third time to get any deeper. I'm not a big non-fiction reader but I really like Parting the Water: America in the King Years by Taylor Branch. It's very long, but very interesting.
January said…
Thanks emc. I try to create a booklist that will take me out of my reading comfort zone so I'm exposed to several genres. I'll check out Parting the Water.
Paris Parfait said…
OOh, yummy books. I've read several on your list, including Things Fall Apart (wonderful), Smilla's Sense of Snow, both Steinbeck Novels, Beloved, Maya Angelou's book and Bird by Bird. All are well worth the time.
January said…
Tara, any suggestions on books to add to the list?

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