Saturday, March 7, 2009

Books, books, books

I've been fortunate to attend a few meetings of the Lomas Santa Fe Book Club. I'm a total newbie, but after each meeting, we receive an updated list of all the books they've read thus far. It's quite an impressive list. You can see by the dates it's a long standing group.
I thought I'd share it with you, with some stars by ones I've particularly enjoyed in recent years. I didn't star all the ones I've read, partly because I didn't particularly like them or partly because I can't remember too much about them.
I'd love to hear from you if there are ones you particularly recommend that I may have missed.


LOMAS SANTA FE BOOK CLUB

List of Books Read

September 1997 – March 2009

1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Mark Twain
2. Age of Innocence -- Edith Wharton
3. Ahab’s Wife -- Sena Jeter Naslund
4. The Alienist -- Caleb Carr
5. American Daughter -- Wendy Wesserstein
6. Angela’s Ashes -- Frank McCourt
7. ***Angle of Repose -- Wallace Stegner
8. Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy
9. Atticus -- Ron Hansen
10. Beyond Belief -- V. S. Naipul
11. The Bluest Eye -- Toni Morrison
12. Body and Soul -- Frank Conroy
13. The Body Artist -- Don Delillo
14. The Bonesetter’s Daughter -- Amy Tan
15. The Book of Ruth -- Jane Hamilton
16. The Bookseller of Kabul -- Asne Seierstad
17. ***The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak
18. The Color of Water -- James McBride
19. The Corrections -- Jonathan Frazen
20. Crazy in Alabama -- Mark Childress
21. ***Crossing to Safety -- Wallace Stegner
22. Daughter of Fortune -- Isabelle Allende
23. Death Comes for the Archbishop -- Willa Cather
24. The Deep End of the Ocean -- Jacqueline Michard
25. Degree of Guilt -- Richard North Patterson
26. The Devil and the White City -- Erik Larson
27. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood -- Rebecca Wells
28. Dreaming in Cuban -- Cristina Garcia
29. The Eight -- Katherine Neville
30. Ellen Foster -- Kaye Gibbons
31. *Empire Falls -- Richard Russo
32. Eventide -- Kent Haruf
33. The Falls -- Joyce Oates Carol
34. The Figeater -- Jody Shields
35. Finbar’s Hotel -- Dermott Bolger
36. A Fine Balance -- Rohinton Mistry
37. The Five People You meet In Heaven -- Mitch Albom
38. The Flanders Panel -- Arturo Perez-Reverte
39. Follow the River -- James Alexander Thom
40. Foreign Affairs -- Allison Lurie
41. Forever -- Pete Hamill
42. For Whom the Bell Tolls -- Ernest Hemingway
43. **The Girl With the Pearl Earring -- Tracy Chevalier
44. The Glass Palace -- Amilav Grjash
45. The Gold of Exodus -- H. B. Richard
46. The Good Earth -- Pearl S. Buck
47. A Great Deliverance -- Elizabeth George
48. The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
49. ***The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society -- Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
50. The Hours -- Michael Cunningham
51. The House of Mirth -- Edith Wharton
52. House of Sand and Fog -- Andre Dubus III
53. I Am Charlotte Simmons -- Tom Wolfe
54. In America -- Susan Sontag
55. Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey -- Alison Weir
56. In the Time of Butterflies -- Julia Alvarez
57. Intruder In the Dust -- William Faulkner
58. The Jane Austen Book Club -- Karen Joy Fowler
59. John Adams -- David McCullough
60. Julius Caesar (The Play) -- William Shakespeare
61. The Killer Angels -- Michael Shaara
62. ***The Kite Runner -- Khaled Hosseini
63. Lady Chatterley’s Lover -- D. H. Lawrence
64. The Liars Club -- Mary Karr
65. The Life of Pi -- Yann Martel
66. Light in August -- Wm. Faulkner
67. Like Water For Chocolate -- Laura Espinnel
68. Lolita -- Vladimir Nabokov
69. Lone Survivor -- Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson
70. The Loop -- Nicholas Evans
71. The Lost German Slave Girl -- John Bailey
72. The Lovely Bones -- Alice Siebold
73. Madame Bovary -- Gustave Flaubert
74. The Map of Love -- Andaf Soueif
75. March -- Geraldine Brooks
76. The March -- E.L. Doctorow
77. ***The Memory Keeper’s Daughter -- Kim Edwards
78. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- John Berendt
79. ***Moloka’i -- Alan Brennert
80. Mornings on Horseback -- David McCullough
81. Mrs. Dalloway -- Virginia Woolf
82. My Antonio -- Willa Cather
83. My Cousin Rachel -- Daphne Du Maurier
84. My Year of Meats -- Ruth Ozeki
85. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency -- Alexander McCall Smith
86. The Optimist’s Daughter -- Eudora Welty
87. ***Peace Like A River -- Leif Enger
88. Personal History of Katherine Graham
89. ***The Pilot’s Wife -- Anita Shreve
90. Plainsong -- Kent Haruf
91. Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
92. The Power of One -- Bryce Courtenay
93. Pope Joan -- Donna Woolfolk Cross
94. Prodigal Summer -- Barbara Kingsolver
95. Reading Lolita in Tehran -- Azar Nafisi
96. ***The Red Tent -- Anita Diamant
97. The River King -- Alice Hoffman
98. Sanctuary -- Wm. Faulkner
99. ***Seabiscuit -- Laura Hillenbrand
100. ***The Secret Life of Bees -- Sue Monk Kidd
101. The Shadow of the Wind -- Carlos Ruiz Zafón
102. The Shape of Snakes -- M. Walters
103. **Shipping News -- Anne Proulx
104. Sixteen Pleasures -- Robert Helenga
105. Skeletons on the Zahara -- Dean King
106. Small Island -- Andrea Levy
107. Snow Falling on Cedars -- David Guterson
108. ***Snow Flower and the Secret Fan -- Lisa See
109. Song of Solomon -- Toni Morrison
110. The Temple Dancer -- John Speed
111. ***A Thousand Splendid Suns -- Khaled Hosseini
112. These Is My Words -- Nancy E. Turner
113. A Thread of Grace -- Mary Doria Russell
114. T***hree Cups of Tea -- Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
115. To Kill A Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
116. Transplanted Man -- Sanjay Nigam
117. Traveling Mercies -- Anne Lamott
118. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters -- Elizabeth Robinson
119. Tuesdays With Morrie -- Mitch Albom
120. ***Water for Elephants -- Sara Gruen
121. Welcome to the World Baby Girl -- Fannie Flag
122. The Whistling Season -- Ivan Doig
123. White Teeth -- Addie Smith
124. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf -- Edward Albee
125. Wolf Totem -- Jiang Rong
126. A Year In Provence -- Peter Maille

2 comments:

DH 2Travelers said...

Ann - I'm running off to 2 more art classes today, BUT this list will definitely get a re-visit - I've read many of these books AND can highly recommend some - first that struck me was THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER by Amy Tan - didn't think I'd like it much, and DID. A lot. MORE COMMENTS TO COME - :-) -- Davi

Puppy Raiser said...

I have read a lot of these and agree with your star placements! Two of my favorites that are missing from this list: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup.