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Essential Books

Who knows why we love the books that we love? Why do we go back to certain books time and time again? I won't try to answer that question here. I'll just list the books that have had a significant effect on me. These are books I carry.

 

 

The Books

Lost Language of Cranes, David Leavitt

The Death of Artemio Cruz, Carlos Fuentes

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin

Collected Stories, Grace Paley

Complete Stories, Anton Chekov

Gone to Soldiers, Marge Piercy

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Typical American, Gish Jen

Clara Callan, Richard B. Wright

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Complete Stories, Alice Munro

The Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler

Dubliners, James Joyce

Complete Stories, Alice Adams

Straight on Till Morning: A Biography of Beryl Markham. Mary S. Lovell

We Bed Down Into Water (poems) John  Rybicki

Collected Stories, Amy Hempel

Howard's End, EM Forster

Black Like Me, John Howard Griffin 

A Few Green Leaves, Barbara Pym

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Shaw-Terry Letters: A Romantic Correspondence, Christopher St. John, editor

The Good Companions, J.B. Priestly

No One Writes to the Colonel, Gabriel Garcia-Marquéz

The Women's Room, Marilyn French

Chamber Music, Doris Grumbach

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara

Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro