Saturday, January 5, 2008

Books To Read in 2008 - Ms Manitoba

My dear wonderful friend, PolCat, talked with me in earnest in December of 2006 and convinced me that it would be a good idea to make a list of books that I intend to read in the coming year. I don't have to be rigid about it. Just use it as a guideline and it will help focus my reading. Especially that I'm trying to write a story about a lesbian in the 50's in New York City. So you'll see this list has lots of books about New York City, working class people, lesbians, women, and books about the 40's and 50's. Plus, there are lots of other books mixed in for variety.

Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

Shame - Salman Rushdie

Prep: A Novel - Curtis Sittenfeld

Missing Men - Joyce Johnson

More Stories by Canadian Women - Edited by Rosemary Sullivan

Queerly Classed: Gay Men and Lesbians Write about Class - Edited by Susan Raffo

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - Naomi Klein

Proof a play - David Auburn

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

Seize the Day - Saul Bellow

Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow

The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow

The Dangling Man - Saul Bellow

Longtitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time - Dava Sobel

Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession - Studs Terkel

Ellis Island Interviews: Immigrants and Their Stories In Their Own Words - Peter Morton Goan

Our Town -Thornton Wilder

All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913 - 1930 - Andrea Barnet

Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City - Jennifer Toth

Small Craft Advisory: A Book About the Building of a Boat - Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

New York Panorama: The Best of 1930’s New York, as seen by the Federal Writers’ Project -- Federal Writers’ Project

New York 365 Days - From the Photo Archives of The New York Times

Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture - Rick Beard and Leslie Cohen Berlowitz editors

The New York World’s Fair 1939/1940 in 155 Photographs by Richard Wurts and Others - Selection, Arrangement and Text by Stanley Applebaum

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Jazz - Toni Morrison

Call it Sleep -- Henry Roth [re-read]

You Can't Go Home Again - Thomas Wolfe

Underworld - Don Delillo

Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passo

Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels

Irish Writers on Writing - Edited by Eavan Boland

The Poems of Emily Dickinson - Edited by R.W. Franklin

This Year You Write Your Novel - Walter Mosley

Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West - Edited by Daniel Ladinsky

Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist - Walter Bernstein

The Irish Americans: The Immigrant Experience - William D. Griffin

Our Times: The Illustrated History of the 20th Century - Editor in Chief: Lorraine Glennon

This Fabulous Century, Vol. V 1940 to 1950 - Editors of Time-Life Books

This Fabulous Century, Vol. V 1950 to 1960 - Editors of Time-Life Books

New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa's Renaissance - Charlayne Hunter-Gault

The Uncertainty of Everyday Life, 1915-1945 - Harvey Green

To Prove My Blood: A Tale of Emigrations & the Afterlife - Philip Brady

The American Irish Revival - edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

The Portable Beat Reader - edited by Ann Charters

Letters on Literature and Politics 1912 - 1972 - Edmund Wilson; Selected and edited by Elena Wilson

Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang - Joyce Carol Oates

Candyman - Simone Poirier-Bures

The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of the Legendary Catholic Social Activist - Dorothy Day

Something in the Air - Marc Fisher

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America - Russell Shorto

Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age - Amanda MacKenzie Stuart

On Doing Time - Morton Sobell

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - Ron Chernov

Lonesome Rangers: Homeless Minds, Promised Lands, and Fugitive Cultures - John Leonard

Bronx Primitive: Portraits in Childhood - Kate Simon

Beneath the Naked Sun Poetry by Connie Fife

Riding in Cars with Boys - Beverly Donofrio

Story and Structure - Laurence Perrine

Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers - Carolyn See

Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing - Margaret Atwood

The Gangs of New York - Herbert Asbury

Writing New York: A Literary Anthology - edited by Philip Lopate

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them - Francine Prose

The Fate of Elephants - Doug Chadwick

Stella Adler - The Art of Acting: preface by Marlon Brando compiled and edited by Howard Kissel (Applause Acting Series) (Hardcover)
by Howard Kissel, Stella Adler

The Road Past Altamont - Gabriel Roy

Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distractions, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life - Bonnie Friedman

James Joyce - Edna O'Brien

The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies - Alexander McCall Smith

The Tears of the Giraffe - Alexander McCall Smith

The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town - John Grisham (nonfiction)

Meena: Heroine of Afghanistan - Melody Ermachild Chavis

Fierce Attachments: A Memoir - Vivian Gornick

American Hollow - Rory Kennedy

The Tree - John Fowles (text) and Frank Horvat (photographs)
Continues my obsession with trees

New York, New York : The City in Art and Literature [Hardcover]
By: Metropolitan Museum Art

Lucky Eyes and a High Heart: The Life of Maud Gonne - Nancy Cardozo

Up in the Old Hotel - Joseph Mitchell

Eamon DeValera - Tim Pat Coogan

Charming Billy - Alice McDermott

Staying Connected to Your Teenager: How to Keep Them Talking to You and How to Hear What They're Really Saying - Michael Riera

Gods and Heroes of the Celts - Marie-Louise Sjoestedt

The Music Lesson - Katharine Weber

The Romance of American Communism - Vivian Gornick

Simple Living - Jose Hobday

Writing a Novel - Dorothy Bryant

The Art of the Novel - Milan Kundera

How to Write a Damn Good Novel - James Frey

The Echo Maker - Richard Powers

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

Memoir of a Race Traitor - Mab Segrest

Ireland: A Social, Cultural, and Literary History 1791 - 1891 - James H. Murphy

A Leg to Stand On - Oliver Sachs

R is for Richochet - Sue Grafton

The Burglar on the Prowl - Lawrence Block

Little Scarlet - Walter Mosley

Cinnamon Kiss - Walter Mosley

Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder - Karen J. Foli

How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe - Thomas Cahill

The Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship With Money and Achieving Financial Independence - Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

The Everything Guide to Writing a Novel - Joyce and Jim Lavene

Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love - edited by Anne Fadiman

A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland - Rebecca Solnit

The Healing - Gayle Jones [re-reading]

The Empress of Ireland: A Chronicle of an Unusual Friendship - Christopher Robbins

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative - Vivian Gornick

Juno and the Paycock - Sean O'Casey

Plough and Stars - Sean O'Casey

Ireland: A Novel - Frank Delaney

Catholic Girls: Stories, Poems, and Memoirs - Edited by Amber Coverdale Sumrall and Patrice Vecchione

All Will Be Well: A Memoir - John McGahern

Grace Notes - Bernard MacLaverty [re-read]

Lamb - Bernard MacLaverty

Cal - Bernard MacLaverty

Tales from Bective Bridge - Mary Lavin

The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Other Plays - Martin McDonagh

The Cripple of Inishmaan - Martin McDonagh

Triptych and Iphegenia: Two Plays - Edna O'Brien

Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan - Phillip Lopate

The Irish: A Treasury of Art and Literature - Edited by Leslie Conron Carola

The Illustrated History of New York - Ric Burns and James Sanders, with Lisa Ades

The Transformation of Ireland - Diarmaid Ferriter

The Story of the Irish Race - Seumas MacManus

Twice Over Lightly: New York Then and Now - Helen Hayes and Anita Loos

Crown of Empire: The Story of New York State - Paul Eldridge

The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History - Edward Robb Ellis

The Fifties - David Halberstam

Working Class New York - Joshua B. Freeman

The Illustrated History of Canada - edited by Craig Brown

Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922 - 2002 - Terence Brown

Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker - edited by David Remnick

We Too Are Drifting - Gale Wilhelm

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community - Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America - Lillian Faderman

The New York Irish - Edited by Ronald H. Bayor and Timothy J. Meagher

The New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century - Jed Perl

The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga - Edward Rutherford


ThePoliticalCat said...

Ohmigod. Dollink! Diz iz great. You are the wonderfullest.

ur sekrit admirer

Ms. Manitoba said...

oh, gosh ... go on with ya.