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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Summer Reading

Now here's a good list of summer reading: the NY Times has named their best works of fiction of the last 25 years. Fairly predictable: Several each from DeLillo, Philip Roth and Cormac McCarthy; Toni Morrison's Beloved tops the list. Surprising (to me at least) that Raymond Carver made the cut -- I thought that people had forgotten about him -- and embarassed that I've never heard of Edward Jones' The Known World. I know what *I'm* reading first...

The complete list of books (which of course you can purchase by using that Amazon search box to the right :-)), and the article:

The Top Five:

Toni Morrison

Don DeLillo

Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels
John Updike

American Pastoral
Philip Roth

Other Books That Received Multiple Votes

A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole

Marilynne Robinson

Winter's Tale
Mark Helprin

White Noise
Don DeLillo

The Counterlife
Philip Roth

Don DeLillo

Where I'm Calling From
Raymond Carver

The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien

Norman Rush

Jesus' Son
Denis Johnson

Operation Shylock
Philip Roth

Independence Day
Richard Ford

Sabbath's Theater
Philip Roth

Border Trilogy
Cormac McCarthy

The Human Stain
Philip Roth

The Known World
Edward P. Jones

The Plot Against America
Philip Roth

1 comment:

dan said...

The Known World is one of the best books I ever read. Don't miss it!