books i've loved

Books are my friends. Books are my favorite leisure activity, my main brain stimulation and sometimes, my only social life *grin*

Seriously. I sometimes say that I love books more than most people and it's not far from the truth.

I'm not much of a critic. Most literature that I enjoy hits me in some emotional place that I often have trouble describing. I end up saying things like "beautiful" "wow" and "cool." Not very descriptive at all, I know. My plan is to go through and make at least some comments on at least some of the books.

This is a list in progress, feel free to browse, read. This is also a terribly incomplete list, but if I listed every book I ever loved, we'd be here forever. I'm guessing I'll add to it frequently, though.

Books by Sherman Alexie
I'm so convinced you should run out and get all of Sherman's books, that I'm listing most of the ones I've read. Alexie is a young poet, novelist and screenplay writer. His writing is funny, sharp, beautiful and strange. He writes about Indians, on and off the reservation. He writes about love and anger. All of it passionate and raw, all of it exquisite. Alexie's words will hit you in the gut every time.

Reservation Blues
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Indian Killer
The Summer of Black Widows
The Toughest Indian in the World
First Indian on the Moon
One Stick Song
The Business of Fancydancing
Smoke Signals

poetry

Life Near 310 Kelvin, Greg Keith
This is the book you should check out. Greg was an amazing man and wrote really great poetry. You don't have to understand or enjoy poetry to love Greg's work. Greg's poems were these odd and lovely merging of love and science. Check out the web site, you can see some poems and even hear Greg read. I recommend the (more expensive) book that includes the CDs.

 

from Life Near 310 Kelvin

Air so still stars barely twinkle, still busy inside.
Just step out into the dark yard and the air starts
eagerly stripping momentum from the skin.


The Journals of Susanna Moodie
, Margaret Atwood
Monkey Girl: Swingin' Tales, Beth Lisick
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Otherwise: New and Selected Poems, Jane Kenyon
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, Pablo Neruda
Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry
Good Woman : Poems and a Memoir, 1969-1980, Lucille Clifton
The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems, Michael Ondaatje
Odes to Common Things, Pablo Neruda
Odes to Opposites, Pablo Neruda
Cosmopolitan Greetings, Allen Ginsberg
Selected Poems, Derek Mahon
The Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath
The Pocket Mirror, Janet Frame
Transbluesency, Amiri Baraka
Reasons for Moving, Mark Strand
Selected Poems, Federico Garcia Lorca
Love is a Dog From Hell, Charles Bukowski
Paris Spleen, Charles Baudelaire
Complete Works of e.e. cummings

fiction

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The General in his Labyrinth, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Love and Other Demons, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A Gracious Plenty, Sheri Reynolds
Bitterroot Landing, Sheri Reynolds
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
Sexing the Cherry, Jeanette Winterson
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Good Omens, Neil Gaimen and Terry Prachett
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, Fannie Flag
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje (love the book, movie is okay)
Coming Through Slaughter, Michael Ondaatje
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Michael Ondaatje
Quiet Days In Clichy, Henry Miller
The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
Children of God, Mary Doria Russell
Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie
The Crying Heart Tattoo, David Lozell Martin
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Winter's Tale, Mark Halprin
Otherland series, Tad Williams
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
The Barrytown Trilogy, Roddy Doyle
The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
Mama Day, Gloria Naylor
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier
Cloud Mountain, Aimee J. Liu
The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, Joe Coomer
A River Runs Through It, Norman MacLean
Dracula, Bram Stoker
A Medicine for Melancholy, Ray Bradbury
My copy of this is my favorite book of all time. Because the stories are amazing and because it's a battered old book that I had signed by Bradbury.

non-fiction

Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz
The Unsinkable Bambi Lake : A Fairy Tale Containing the Dish on Cockettes, Punks and Angels, Bambi Lake
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, Philip Gourevitch
The Accidental Buddhist, Dinty W. Moore
Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg (the pocket edition! cool!)
Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje
This House of Sky, Ivan Doig
Henry and June, Anaïs Nin
Anaïs Nin: A Biography, Dierdre Bair
Mad Cowboy, Howard F. Lyman
Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, Erik Marcus
Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing, Helene Cixous
Zen Keys, Thich Nhat Hanh
The Basketball Diaries, Jim Carroll (the movie was okay, but they should make one of the sequel, below)
Forced Entries, The Downtown Diaries, Jim Carroll
Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander
In the Absence of the Sacred, Jerry Mander
In Search of Our Mother's Garden, Alice Walker
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson (forget the fucking movie, man, the book is where it's at)
Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury