21 November 2008

Essential Book Meme

I lifted this meme from Charmaine's blog, because I'm really interested in seeing other people's lists.

List the following:

(a) Fiction book
(b) Autobiography
(c) Non-fiction book
(d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre

Explain why the books are essential reads in no more than 30 words per book.

a) Fiction: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Like most fans I have an affection for Pride and Prejudice , but in Persuasion, Austen's description of the hope of young love growing into a more mature, measured relationship rings so true.

b) Autobiography: The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
Jeanette Walls recounts an amazingly painful childhood with bohemian parents in a clear, compassionate way that does not seem dramatic or self-indulgent.

c) Nonfiction: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
I love a good travelogue, and one that also captures man's affection for his dog is even better. Steinbeck is so good at capturing the spirit of the American road.

d) A fourth book of your choice from any genre: The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway I am a huge fan of short stories and anyone might as well start with the master. For a list of other short story books I love, click here.

So what about you? I'd love it if people would post recommendations or links to their own lists. Now that I am not currently teaching I am reading a lot more again, and I'd love to know what other people are picking up these days.


Anonymous said...

What a lovely meme! I agree with you on Persuasion---Emma used to be my favorite Austen but I think Persuasion has finally edged it out.

I heartily recommend Goodreads for spying on other peoples bookshelves. It's also a fun way to keep track of what books you've read and books you want to read.

Nicole R.J. said...

I love the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy by Sandra Guillard... great reads if you enjoy historical fiction!

GrayEyedScorpio said...

Fantastic list. I'm going to mull this over and post a list on my blog.

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