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75 Books

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Esquire recently complied a list The 75 Books Every Man Should Read which was full of Dead White Men so Jezebel, lovely Jezebel, hit back for the ladies with The 75 Books Every Woman Should Read.

For another another nice, easy filler-post, let’s have a look at how I’m going on the list:

  • The Lottery (and Other Stories), Shirley Jackson
  • To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  • The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  • White Teeth, Zadie Smith
  • The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende  ✔
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  • Excellent Women, Barbara Pym
  • The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath  ✔
  • Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
  • The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  • Like Life, Lorrie Moore
  • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen  ✔
  • Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë  ✔
  • The Delta of Venus, Anais Nin
  • A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find (and Other Stories), Flannery O’Connor
  • The Shipping News, E. Annie Proulx
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down, Alice Walker
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee  ✔
  • Fear of Flying, Erica Jong
  • Earthly Paradise, Colette
  • Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
  • Property, Valerie Martin
  • Middlemarch, George Eliot
  • Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Runaway, Alice Munro
  • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  • The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  • You Must Remember This, Joyce Carol Oates
  • Little Women, Louisa May Alcott ✔
  • Bad Behavior, Mary Gaitskill
  • The Liars’ Club, Mary Karr
  • I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith
  • And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
  • Bastard out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  • The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
  • The Group, Mary McCarthy
  • Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  • The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing
  • The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  • Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag
  • In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
  • The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
  • Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
  • Three Junes, Julia Glass
  • A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Sophie’s Choice, William Styron
  • Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
  • Love in a Cold Climate, Nancy Mitford
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell ✔
  • The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
  • The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  • The Face of War, Martha Gellhorn
  • My Antonia, Willa Cather
  • Love In The Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Harsh Voice, Rebecca West
  • Spending, Mary Gordon
  • The Lover, Marguerite Duras
  • The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy  ✔
  • Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen
  • Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  • Three Lives, Gertrude Stein
  • Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
  • Possession, A.S. Byatt  ✔ (well. reading.)

I would also add A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini to this list (not just to let me have one more tick to that lonely group).

Right. Looks like I *won’t* be back to blogging as soon as I thought.

Off to the library!

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Written by Sunili

25 September 2008 at 7:55 pm

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  1. I better get reading too.. out of those, I’ve only read:

    * Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    * Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
    * To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    * The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
    * The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
    * Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
    * Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
    * And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
    * The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne Frank
    * Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
    * Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    * The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin (sounds so familiar and I know I have read a number of her novels – but I can’t remember it – so I don’t think it counts!)
    * The Lover, Marguerite Duras

    Rachel

    26 September 2008 at 10:19 am

  2. no Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood or Fay Weldon on that list.

    skink

    1 October 2008 at 9:11 am

  3. or Patricia Highsmith

    or Carol Anne Duffy

    or Wendy Cope

    or Nadine Gordimer

    skink

    1 October 2008 at 9:38 am

  4. Margaret Atwood! Of COURSE! Considering J-bel did a thing about Sarah Palin being the scary future from The Handmaid’s Tale, I am surprised that’s not on the list. I haven’t heard of the others, though… *shame*

    Sunili

    2 October 2008 at 5:59 pm

  5. anne tyler is a pullitzer prize winner for ‘accidental tourist’. her novels are so well written she makes it look effortless

    nadine gordimer is one of very few women to win the nobel prize, writing human stories about apartheid

    patricia highsmith wrote the ‘ripley’ novels (a personal favourite) and ‘the Price of Salt’

    carol ann duffy is the most popular living poet in Britain. wendy cope is the second

    fay weldon wrote ‘she-devil’, plus many other nvels mostly based around the ‘hell hath no fury’ theme. incidentally she adapted the first TV version of ‘pride and prejudice’

    skink

    3 October 2008 at 8:45 am

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