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David Foster Wallace

I am about to start reading David Foster Wallace and have heard that he was a modern day Keats.  A genius.  Who hung himself.  I’m almost scared to read his books.  Here’s what he has to say about how society values a mind like his…

David Foster Wallace


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Summer Reading List

Recently, I asked my Facebook friends to share their favorite all time book. Here are those unedited results, in the order in which they arrived. Not sure if any of these is what you might call “beach reading,” but it’s one helluva list. Reads like a poem. Enjoy! And let me know what you think. I’m starting with “Infinite Jest.”
yrs. Laura
(p.s. If you haven’t read David Duncan’s BROTHER’S K, I’d start there…)

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
Infinite Jest x2 David Foster Wallace
The Journey Home, Jim Harrison
God Laughs and Plays, David James Duncan
Brother’s K, David James Duncan x2
The Island Within, Richard Nelson
Abstract Wild, Jack Turner
Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing, Charles Bowden
Storming the Gates of Paradise, Rebecca Solnit
Trespass, Amy Irvine
Anything by Rick Bass or Terry Tempest Williams
“Indecent: How I Make It and Fake It as a Girl For Hire” and “Sex & Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad For Me”, Sarah Katherine Lewis
The English Patient, Micheal Ondaatje
The Piano Tuner x2
Cutting for Stone
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving x3
Oblivion, Hector Abad
Life of Pi, Yann Martel
Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Exit to Eden, Anne Rice
World Without End, Ken Follett
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
A Secret History, Donna Tart
Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Tom Robbins
Sacajawea, Anne Lee Waldo
Molokai, Alan Brennert
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Harry Potter, JK Rowling
Lord Jim, Conrad
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Poison Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson
Flowers for Algernon
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner x2
Franny & Zooey/Raise High The Roof Beans/ Carpenters/ Seymour, JD Salinger
A Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Stand, Stephen King
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee x5
To The Wedding, John Berger x2
I’ve Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All The Pots, Susan Straight
The Help, Katherine Stockett
House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
The Laughing Jesus, Tim Freke
A Soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin x2
A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean
Johnny Get Your Gun
Ahab’s Wife, Sena Jeter
The Sparrow
I Know This Much Is True, Wally Lamb
Shanghai Girls
*Anything by Jennifer Weiner and Emily Geffin
Happens Every Day, Isabel Gillies
Come to the Edge, Christina Haag
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
*Anything by Nevada Barr
A Winters Tale, Mark Helprin
The Shack
Velvet Elvis
Animal Vegetable Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
The Mystery of Christ and Why We Don’t Get It, Robert Farrar Capon
New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver
Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov


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Children’s Books

I did a poll on Facebook the other day. Here was the question: What are your three favorite children’s books? Within an hour, 50 people had responded. They’re still responding. I do polls all the time because I’m curious about the collective We…and this was the one that had the most immediate and passionate  response. This not just enlightened me as to what people love to read, but what people want to share bout.

And here’s the thing: there weren’t a lot of bad guy books. My son always wonders why there has to be a bad guy in all the movies and books in our lives. Why can’t it just be easy? Why does there always have to be conflict? We might, as parents, want to answer, “Because life is FULL of conflict.” But you know…sometimes life isn’t full of conflict.

In the books that people loved, I found that there wasn’t as much conflict as love. Few mentioned Harry Potter, in fact. More mentioned Winnie the Pooh and Dr. Seuss. Sure Pooh and the rest had their fair share of befuddlements. And rising to the sky holding a balloon, bees swarming all around, is not opportune. But the books people loved most weren’t full of real evil or real villains. It was more heart language. Here is that list. yrs. Laura

Laura Munson wrote: I’m doing a poll. What are your favorite children’s books? Mine are THE GIVING TREE, AMOS AND BORIS, and…THE COUNTRY BUNNY. And FLICKA RICKA AND DICKA too.”

Then thanks to people jogging my memory, I added: A TIME OF WONDER. THE HAPPY DAY. A TIME TO KEEP. And EB White. And of course ELOISE. And so much more…

Miss Rumphius
I’ll Love you Forever
Horton Hears a Who
Tigers in the Cellar
Plum Pudding for Christmas
Polar Express and Eloise
Ping the Duck
The Giving Tree
Gerald McBoingBoing
Betsy-Tacy series
The Monster at the End of this Book

The Little House
Carl Goes Shopping
The Peculiar Miss Picket
Mary Poppins
I’ll Love You Forever
The Fall of Freddie The Leaf
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See”
Where the Wild Things Are
The Three Trees
Green Eggs and Ham
Skippy Jon Jones
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Alligator Pie book
Cat in the Hat
Jelly Beans for Breakfast

Henry and Mudge
Mr Putter and Tabby
Good Night Moon
Pigs Ahoy!
Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches and Other Stories– my favorite being “What Was I Afraid Of?”
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Mrs. Pigglewiggle
Anything Will Steig
And Barbara Cooney
The Happy Day
Ferdinand the Bull
The Five Chinese Brothers
Miss Rumphius
A Time to Keep
Emma’s Pet
All three books by E.B. White, especially Trumpet of the Swan.
Jellybeans for Breakfast
The Kissing Hand!
Llama, Llama Mad at Mama
Blueberries for Sal
One Morning in Maine
Miss Rumphius
Goodnight Moon
Make Way for Ducklings
Wrinkle In Time
all of the E.B.White books, especially “Stuart Little”
Seven Silly Eaters
A Fly Went By
Goodnight Moon
Now We Are Six (AA Milne)
The Story of Babar
The Velveteen Rabbit
A is for Annabelle

I Can’t, Said the Ant
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Sahara Special
Harriet the Spy
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Little Bear
Now we are Six
Winnie the Pooh
Goodnight Moon
Wodney Wat
Edward the Emu
I’ll Love You Forever
All I See Is Part of Me
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book
Shel Silverstein

Harry Potter
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
The Tar Baby books
The Giving Tree
Guess How Much I Love You
Little Bear
Frog and Toad

It’s Mine: the Greedy Book
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Now We Are Six
Epandimondas and his Auntie
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Be Nice to Spiders
Alice in Wonderland
The Little Princess
Amelia Bedelia
Wynkyn, Blinkin & Nod
Goodnight Moon
I’ll Love You Forever
Velveteen Rabbit
What is God
A House is A House for Me
The Polar Express
Dr. Seuss
Harry Potter

The Country Bunny
Make Way for Ducklings
Blueberries for Sal
Goodnight Moon
Judy Blume
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
The Day the Babies Crawled Away
Goodnight Gorilla
Guess How Much I Love You
The Giving Tree
The Lorax
Old Hat New Hat
Oh the Places You’ll Go
Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nod
Now We are Six
When Luis Armstrong Taught me Scat
In the Night Kitchen
James and the Giant Peach
Winnie the Pooh
Trucks, Trucks Trucks
Guess How Much I Love you
The Henry and Mudge books
Theasaurux Rex
Miss Twiggly’s Tree
The “Fancy Nancy” books
Anne of Green Gables
The “Little House” books
Little Women
The Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
Ollie’s Ski Trip
Iggy Peck Architect
And Now Miguel
Farmer Boy
Ballet Shoes
Where The Wild Things Are
Little Bear
The Giving Tree
Ballet Shoes
The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew

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