(after a certain length of time, * also denotes Unfinished)
Have His Carcase* (Sayers, reread)
World War Z* (Brooks)
Mansfield Park (Austen, reread)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Apex Hides the Hurt* (Whitehead)
The Devil in the White City (Larson)
The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan)
The Real Thing (Stoppard)
Enemies, a Love Story* (Singer)
Garlic and Sapphires (reread, Reichl)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories (reread, Rushdie)
Night and Day* (Woolf)
How to Be Alone (Franzen)
The Emperor's Children* (Messud)
England, England* (Barnes)
Shiksa Goddess (Wasserstein)
I Feel Bad About My Neck (Ephron)
Letters from the Earth (Twain)
Remains of the Day (Ishiguru)
Here's to Hindsight (Cobble)
Children of the Alley* (Mahfouz)
Fortress of Solitude* (Lethem)
Special Topics in Calamity Physics* (Pessl)
The End (Snicket)
Two Flappers in Paris (anonymous vintage French erotica. really!)
The Fermata (Baker) Another reread.
The Colossus of Maroussi* (Miller)
Bee Season (Goldberg) -- a reread, but a worthwhile one.
Freakonomics (Levitt & Dubner)
The Tipping Point (Gladwell)
The Amber Spyglass (Pullman)
The Subtle Knife (Pullman)
Water for Elephants* (Gruen)
I Do, But I Don't: Walking Down the Aisle Without Losing Your Mind (Wicoff)
The Golden Compass (Pullman)
Fun Home (Bechdel)
The Awakening (Chopin)
The Alchemist (Coelho) 60 million people worldwide have read this book -- and every single one of them probably liked it more than I did.
Main Street (Lewis)
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate (Mitford)
The Eustace Diamonds (Trollope)
These books have a theme, which I am only realizing in retrospect: unhappy women. Young women, too! Brides! Who make bad choices! Which are often the only choices available. Hum.
None of these, unfortunately, appear on Human Events' Top 10 List of Books Liberals Would Like to Burn. What I love about this list is it's compiled by conservatives admittedly speculating about what THEY THINK I'd like to use to char my anti-war tofu pups. What I also love? The number one book is (get ready):
1. Bible by GodBoo yeah! I know I personally want to burn the Bible ("by God" -- it really should say that on the cover) on a pile of my bras and, by the light of the heathenish conflagration, perform abortions via witchcraft.
The central work of Western Civilization, defines the relationship between God and man and is the foundation of faith in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Liberal groups, like the American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way, have sued to keep it out of government buildings, schools and public discourse.
Conservatives are too funny. Most of their books I haven't even heard of, or I would totally choose to keep around for kicks. Like the "articulate" Ann Coulter: a day just isn't complete without her hate misting its edges. Plus, I like to keep in mind what's worth fighting for.