Saturday, March 17, 2007

Book Meme

I’m not one for the whole “tagging” thing with memes (I like to self-tag), but that won’t stop me from attempting a good one.

This meme comes from Poet with a Day Job: Top 35 books I’ve read that I would and have recommended to my friends and enemies (in no particular order).

Sharon Olds: The Dead and the Living
Sharon Olds: Gold Cell
Phil Levine: The Simple Truth
Phil Levine: What Work Is
Kim Addonizio: Tell Me
Kim Addonizio: What Is This Thing Called Love
Stephen Dunn: Local Time
Stephen Dunn: Different Hours
Alice Walker: The Color Purple
Toni Morrison: The Bluest Eye
Tom Robbins: Skinny Legs and All
Don DeLillo: White Noise
James Baldwin: Native Son
Stephen McCauley: True Enough
Michael Lewis: Moneyball
A. Poulin, ed.: Contemporary American Poetry 3rd Edition
Lois Ann Yamanaka: Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers
Lois Ann Yamanaka: Blue’s Hanging
Katherine Dunn: Geek Love
Ann Lamott: Bird by Bird
White Teeth: Zadie Smith
Toi Derricotte: Captivity
Toi Derricotte: The Black Notebooks
Elizabeth Bishop: The Complete Poems (1927-1979)
Ross Gay: Against Which
Terrance Hayes: Wind in a Box
Dave Ramsey: Total Money Makeover
Vladimir Nabokov: Lolita
Al Franken: Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot
Sam Shepherd: Cruising Paradise
David Sedaris: Me Talk Pretty One Day
Norm Goldstein: AP Stylebook
Diane Middlebrook: Anne Sexton: A Biography
Linda Gray Sexton: Looking for Mercy Street
Anne Sexton: The Selected Poems of Anne Sexton

OK--most of these books are poetry books. Big surprise there. But the list serves as a reminder me that I'm not keeping up with my reading for this year. So many good books, so little time.

And if you want to do the meme, consider yourself tagged!


Angie said...

I'm so glad you have lots of poetry on there, as I'm always looking for recommends (my list is all fiction). And I forgot all about "Geek Love" - that was a good book. I think I'll try some Sexton next. Thanks!

January said...

The two Anne Sexton biographies are both good. And I like Anne's poetry very much.

Geek Love was a fun read!

bostonerin said...

I'm glad you liked WHITE TEETH. I was feeling that I was a book-pusher on that one. : )

poet with a day job said...

January - great list. I loved Me Talk Pretty One Day and White Teeth. For some reason though, White Teeth took me like, four months to finish adn I read like, three other books while I read that one. Thanks for playing!

Leah said...

YAY!! I love your list!!


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