Saturday, May 7, 2011

The reading list

This blog began with an idea at my book group...and like most projects, the idea evolved into something different.  I still hang onto the original purpose, however, and share my book list from time to time with you, my readers.  The following list is ever-changing, incomplete and organized in no particular fashion.  My hope is that you might find a title here to investigate further, an author you want to read, or you may want to grab the whole list for your own use.  Please add your own current favorites in the comment section-I would love to open this blog later and see a conversation between readers. 
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead

That Old Cape Magic, Bridge of Sighs and Empire Falls
    by Richard Russo
Merry Men by Carolyn Chute
The Hemmings of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle
My Life in France by Julia Child
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
Silver Lies, Iron Ties, Leaden Skies series by Ann Parker
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon 2003:

Ten Poems To Change Your Life by Roger Housden

Fabric Embellishing The basics & beyond  by Chandler, Kettle, Thomas, Vlcek
Drawn to Stitch: Line, drawing and mark-making in textile art by Gwen Hedley

Keeper of the Bees by Gene Stratton-Porter
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Freedom: A Novel by Jonathon Franzan
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

The Thoughtful Dresser by Linda Grant
Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style by Tim Gunn

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Jennifer Steil
Sunday's Child (The Pea Island Gold Trilogy) by Tom Lewis
Never let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C.Gwynne
Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest by Stephen Plog

Rainwater by Sandra Brown
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Tiger’s Wife : A Novel by Tea Obreht

Living the Creative Life: Ideas and Inspiration from Working Artists by Rice Freeman-Zachary

Changing Patterns: Discovering the fabric of your creativity by Wren Ross and Daena   

The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Be the Pack Leader: Use Caesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog by Cesar Milan and Melissa Jo Peltier
ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training by Steven Appelbaum

The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
The Good Daughters: A Novel by Joyce Maynard
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Let the Great World Spin: A Novel by Colum McCann
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand: A Novel by Helen Simonson
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherford
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Peep Show by Joshua Braff
The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
The Eleventh Man by Ivan Doig
Paradise by Toni Morrison


  1. Last year my favorite was Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, the year before it was The Art of racing in the Rain.. This year no raves yet but I am building a list so thanks for sharing yours!

  2. Hi Jane, Thanks for your two picks...I read The art of Racing in the rain and loved it. I need to add that in. Cutting for Stone is also getting onto my list.


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