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  1. #16
    Some of my favorites:

    The Awakening Kate Chopin
    The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
    Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
    The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    Bell Canto Ann Patchett
    Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
    Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë
    The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver
    His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
    Autobiography of a Face Lucy Grealy

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    Put a bird on it. SisterErnestine's Avatar
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    Infinite Jest-David Foster Wallace
    House of Leaves-Mark Z. Danielewski
    Neverwhere-Neil Gaiman
    Good Omens-Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
    Please Kill Me: An Oral History of the New York Punk Scene, 1977-Legs McNeil


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    twilight campfighter Alan's Avatar
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    A rough top 20:

    Carson McCullers - The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
    David Foster Wallace - Infinite Jest
    Alasdair Gray - Lanark
    William Shakespeare - Hamlet
    Siri Hustvedt - What I Loved
    Henry Green - Loving
    Edmund White - The Farewell Symphony
    Clive James - Cultural Amnesia: Notes In The Margin Of My Time
    Christopher Hitchens - Letters To A Young Contrarian
    Jackson Tippett McCrae - The Bark Of The Dogwood: A Tour Of Southern Homes & Gardens
    Donna Tartt - The Secret History
    Tom Robbins - Skinny Legs And All
    Anne Carson - Autobiography Of Red
    Cervantes - Don Quixote
    John Irving - A Prayer For Owen Meany
    George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four
    Saul Bellow - The Adventures Of Augie March
    Salman Rushdie - The Satanic Verses
    Tony Kushner - Angels In America
    Iris Murdoch - The Black Prince

    Sprinkle liberally with P. G. Wodehouse and a side order of Angela Carter, and serve.

  4. #19
    A mix of novels, memoirs and other books:

    The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
    On The Road Jack Kerouac
    A Thief's Journal Jean Genet
    Queer William S. Burroughs
    Hunger Knut Hamsun
    Junky William S. Burroughs
    The House of Mirth Edith Wharton
    Cold Mountain Charles Frazier
    Close To The Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration David Wojnarowicz
    The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion
    Nausea Jean Paul Sartre
    An Unquiet Mind Kay Redfield Jamison
    Daughter fo the Queen of Sheba Jacki Lyden
    Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel
    The Elusive Embrace Daniel Mendelsohn
    Girl Interrupted Susanna Kaysen
    The Kiss Kathryn Harris
    The Liar's Club Mary Karr
    Touched by Fire Kay Redfield Jamison
    Exuberance Kay Redfield Jamison
    Night Falls Fast Kay Redfield Jamison
    The Waterfront Journals David Wojnarowicz
    The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
    Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
    Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt
    Darkness Visible William Styron
    Jamaica and Me Linda Atkins
    Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
    Ordinary People Judith Guest
    A Thousand Acres Jane Smiley
    One True Thing Anna Quindlen
    The Hours Michael Cunningham
    Last edited by Fast Horse; 07-29-2010 at 01:10 PM.

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    'twas mbc 'twas kollins Michael Michael's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Anne Carson - Autobiography Of Red
    I read that a couple of days ago! It was not at all what I expected. I really enjoyed it but I'm not sure what to make of the Gertrude Stein thread that pokes to the surface every now and again. Also there's some brilliant stuff about adjectives and undoing the latches of language in the beginning, but I didn't find the main body of the text particularly adjective heavy or inventive with its adjective use. Did I miss something there?

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    'twas mbc 'twas kollins Michael Michael's Avatar
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    Also I need to fit The Portrait of a Lady (Henry James) into my list now, too. It's not quite a Middlemarch, but what a closely observed, richly drawn set of characters James creates; what an understanding of the subtle even almost invisible influences people have on one another through their interactions, through simply moving through a world which is made up of other people. What a chilling portrait of psychological oppression and cruelty so carefully enacted so as to be almost impercetible in its workings but undeniable in its results. I cried near the end (if you've read it you might guess why).

  7. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Loca View Post
    UBIK by Phillip K. Dick
    Definitely my favorite PK Dick title. The man was a genius. A little nutters, but I suppose that's probably pretty standard in geniuses.

    Patrick Rothfuss is a new(ish) author in the fantasy genre, and his first book was amazing: The Name of the Wind
    I also love the entire series of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The day he passed away marked the first time I ever cried over an author (sorry Vonnegut).
    And speak of the devil - Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut.
    I love you, Kenwood! Why don't you come back home to TGS and pick the peas out of my fried rice? And the rice. I just want carrots.

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    The Hours Michael Cunningham

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem Joan Didion

    Dharma Bums Jack Kerouac

    The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky Alejandro Jodrowsky

    The Last American Man Elizabeth Gilbert

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