book recommendations

Many thanks to all of the readers who have recommended/sent books for The Book Project. Below is a complete list; as I read books, their titles will be turned into links to their reviews.

The following books have been recommended by readers for inclusion in The Book Project:

Alive in Necropolis, by Doug Dorst. (Suzy)

An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke. (Suzy)

Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey, edited by Karen Wilkin. (Baxt, and thank you for the loan.)

The Assault on Reason, by Al Gore. (Tristan)

The Barn at the End of the World, by Mary Rose O’Reilly. (Vicki)

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie King. (Vicki)

The Big Bang, by Simon Singh. (Tristan)

Biting the Wax Tadpole, by Elizabeth Little. (F)

Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell. (Kris and Haddock)

Breath, by Tim Winton. (Suzy)

Bride of Pendorric, by Victoria Holt. (Vicki)

City of Light, by Michael Doane. (L, who actually recommended Doane in general.)

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell. (Haddock)

The Colossus of Maroussi, by Henry Miller. (Brendan)

The Cure for Death by Lightning, Gail Anderson-Dargatz. (Lara)

Dance for the Dead, by Thomas Perry. (Vicki)

Dead Roses for a Blue Lady, by Nancy A. Collins. (Baxt, and thanks for the loan. I think?)

Different Seasons, by Stephen King. (Suzy)

The Dirt on Clean, by Katherine Ashenburg. (Bronwyn)

Evidence of Things Unseen, by Marianne Wiggins. (Tristan & the Chicago Book Club)

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. (Tallie)

For Your Own Good, by Alice Miller. (Vicki)

Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel. (Suzy)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, by Anita Loos. (Vicki)

Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner. (Bronwyn)

The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls. (Suzy)

Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. (Vicki)

The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent. (Suzy)

Hotel du Lac, by Anita Brookner. (D and the Chicago book club)

How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff. (Vicki)

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. (Vicki)

I Feel Sick, by Jhonen Vasquez. (Baxt, thanks for the loan.)

Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk. (Kris)

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. (Vicki)

King Dork, by Frank Portman. (Vicki)

Lady Lazarus, by Andrew Foster. (Vicki)

The Last Samurai, by Helen DeWitt. (Sarah)

Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny. (Vicki)

Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart. (Vicki)

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett. (Vicki)

A Midwife’s Tale, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. (Suzy)

Monkeewrench, by P.J. Tracy. (Vicki)

Much Depends on Dinner, by Margaret Visser. (Suzy)

Nation of Rebels, by Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter. (Haddock)

Neuromancer, by William Gibson. (Baxt, and the loan is appreciated.)

Nineteen Minutes, by Jodi Picoult. (Vicki)

Odd Thomas, by Dean Koontz. (Vicki)

On Writing, by Stephen King. (Vicki)

The Pact, by Jodi Picoult. (Vicki)

The Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan. (Vicki)

The Power of the Dog, by Thomas Savage. (Vicki)

Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman. (Vicki)

The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy. (Vicki)

Proust and the Squid, by Maryanne Wolf. (Joel)

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. (Bronwyn)

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. (Vicki)

The Red Leather Diary, by Lily Koppel. (Suzy)

Rex Libris: I, Librarian, by James Turner. (Vicki)

Savage Beauty, by Nancy Milford. (Dr. Regina)

The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano. (Brendan)

A Scanner Darkly, by Philip K. Dick. (Tristan)

Snow, by Orhan Pamuk. (F)

Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. (Tristan)

Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card. (Tristan)

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. (Vicki)

This is the Way the World Ends, by James Morrow. (F, and thanks for the loan!)

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. (Baxt, and thank you for the loan!)

The United States of Europe, by T.R. Reid. (David)

War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Christopher Hitchens. (Vicki)

When We Were Orphans, by Kazuo Ishiguro. (Tristan)*

The White Hotel, by D. M. Thomas. (Tristan)*

White Oleander, by Janet Fitch. (My father, the party animal.)

The Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys. (Vicki)

The Winter Queen, by Boris Akunin. (Baxt)

The Wood Wife, by Terri Windling.

World War Z, by Max Brooks. (Kenyon recommended it first. Barely.)

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. (Haddock)

The following books were sent by readers for inclusion in The Book Project:

A Civil Contract, by Georgette Heyer. (Vicki)

Bad Blood, by Judith Reitman. (Vicki)

Dinner at Deviant’s Palace, by Tim Powers. (Vicki)

Flanders, by Patricia Anthony. (Vicki)

The Immense Journey, by Loren Eiseley. (Ideasinca)

In the Fall, by Jeffrey Lent. (Vicki)

Pacifism as Pathology, by Ward Churchill. (Vicki)

The Prison Diary of Arthur Longworth #299180, by Arthur Longworth. (Leonard)

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer. (Vicki)

The Travelling Hornplayer, by Barbara Trapido. (anonymous)

*In the interest of full disclosure, Tristan did not recommend this book. His book club read it, and I read along with his book club for fun, so I blame him for the fact that I read this book, but I don’t want to imply that he approved of it.