Category Archives: big fat novel

#1 – Middlemarch by George Eliot

I’ve been putting off this post for weeks. Why? Well, I’ve been really busy. Also, maybe I didn’t want this blog to end. I love telling people what to read so much, why should I shut down this opportunity? 🙂 … Continue reading

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#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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#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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#14 – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

I’m really indebted to Chris Chaney for suggesting I read David Copperfield. Life lesson: English professors are wonderful people and are likely to be delighted to talk about books with you even if you are not or never have been … Continue reading

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