Monthly Archives: July 2011

#2 – The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

JESUITS IN SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#3 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a re-read. I read it as a teenager and then again a couple of years ago. It is another Bildungsroman! It’s also classified, often, as “young adult.” But I got much more out of … Continue reading

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#4 – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety was actually the first book I read after college. Erin Sells, a true California girl at heart (in the best sense of the term, though she is now a California expatriate), recommended this true California writer (in … Continue reading

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#5 – The Complete Poems 1927–1979 by Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop sometimes gets hated on as a poet’s poet. What the heck does that even mean? Nothing. Nothing. Baby I don’t care. Before I actually got this edition of her Complete Poems (which isn’t actually complete, but whatevs) for my very … Continue reading

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#6 – The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkinson

The second I read the New York Times review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, I knew I wanted to read this book. I immediately ran to the library.* I wasn’t disappointed. Rather … Continue reading

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#7 – Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I vacillated a lot on this one. I wanted to include some sort of big fat contemporary novel by an author who gets a lot of attention. At the same time, I didn’t want to include too many of these types … Continue reading

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#8 – Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

Gaudy Night has EVERYTHING I like in it. To name a few: 1. Mystery 2. Academic regalia 3. Romance 4. Quotations from John Donne 5. Feminism 6. Early 20th-century British prose 7. Bach 8. Ornate chess pieces 9. Awkward alumni events … Continue reading

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