Community Bookshelf

In an effort to nourish that impoverished part of my mind that feeds only on literature read for pleasure, I am opening up this bookshelf. The goal is for it to shelve enjoyable reads spanning humor, nostalgia,  seduction, heartbreak, whimsy, astonishment, and everything in between.

Parisian Library from Marie Claire Maison

Liken this page to those wonderful shelves found in quaint country hostels or cozy back alley cafes. The ones that encourage you to snatch any book in exchange for one of your own. This is far from a list of all-time favorites. Rather, it is a living list of the literature passing through my hands. Take a title off the shelf and leave behind a suggestion in the comments.

On the Shelf:

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendancies by McSweeney’s

White Noise by Don DeLillo

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante

White Sands by Geoff Dyer

The Ocean at the End of the Lane  by Neil Gaiman

The Story of a New Name: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

Motherhood by Sheila Heti

My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

1222: The Hanne Wilhelmsen Novels by Anne Holt

Nemesis: A Harry Hole Thriller by Jo Nesbø

White Girls by Hilton Als

It Chooses You by Miranda July

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

The Nix: A Novel  by Nathan Hill

McSweeney’s Quarterly #51

American Gods  by Neil Gaiman

A Frame for Life by Ilse Crawford

Drown by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

On the Move by Oliver Sacks

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Lost Cat – a true story of love, desperation, and GPS technology by Caroline Paul & Wendy MacNaughton

Collected short stories by George Saunders

Notorious RBG: the life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

The First Bad Man by Miranda July

The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Living Out Loud by Anna Quindlen

Spitfire Women of World War II by Giles Whittell

First They Killed My Father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers by Loung Ung

Luella’s Guide to English Style by Luella Bartley

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The Girl Who Was on Fire by Suzanne Collins

Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan

The Absolutely True Diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Just Kids by Patti Smith


9 responses to “Community Bookshelf

  1. To kick things off I’ll throw up a couple of titles recently recommended to me:
    From The Token Tory: Spitfire Women of WWII by Giles Whittell
    From @katescarmitch: Heroines by Kate Zambreno

  2. Controversial and hard to find (I’m happy to send it by mail) but “My Place” by Sally Morgan. When I find the time, I’ll be taking off The Hunger Games.

  3. My all time favorite book should definitely be on your shelf: Tales of a Female Nomad, By Rita Golden Gelman
    (who also happened to write the WONDERFUL children’s book: More Spaghetti I say!)

  4. This is a great idea! I will take the Destiny of the Republic, which looks fascinating. Since you liked Orlando (which I love too!), I’ll leave the suggestion of Mrs. Dalloway if you haven’t read that. Love that too! Another I would suggest that you might enjoy is The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life, by Tom Reiss. If you like biographies, that one’s amazing.

  5. Since Mark is reading Destiny … we’ll consider that our pick and I’m recommending Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda, translated from French.

  6. Read Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power by Jon Meacham and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Should be required reading for every elected official.

  7. Since us Baumies are prone to wander-lust…
    The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux

    Since the youngest generation of Baumies is significantly skewed towards the feminine…
    Where We Once Belonged & They Who Do Not Grieve by Sia Figiel

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