THE TOP TEN BOOKS OF ALL TIME, ACCORDING TO ME
Books that cracked open my heart and/or my brain, in the order in which I read them. Inspired by @ListPrompts
- •To Kill A Mockingbird--Harper LeeThe first book I stayed up to read under the covers by the glow of my Itty Bitty Book Light in junior high.
- •Ways of Seeing--John BergerFirst year required reading that opened big, important doors for me.
- •Things Fall Apart--Chinua AchebeA tragic hero in a tragic time. A classic novel of African colonization. I read it first as an undergrad and now I teach it.
- •Sophie's World--Jostein GaarderMore than the philosophers I was reading in classes, the book that made me want to be a philosophy major (I doubled).
- •Anne Sexton: The Complete Poems"This story ends with me still rowing"
- •Contested Lives--Faye GinsburgExcellent feminist ethnography of pro-choice and anti-abortion activists in Fargo, ND. Theoretically rich, methodologically exacting, skillfully and accessibly written.
- •Love for Sale: The Words and Pictures of Barbara Kruger (text by Kate Linker)Brilliant. Her art makes me want to shout, "Yes, that's it exactly!"
- •Cherry--Mary KarrMy gateway Karr. If only we could all write so beautifully and thoughtfully about our lives.
- •Housekeeping--Marilynne RobinsonI fell in love with the feeling of this novel. The train scene is one of the most evocative I have ever read.
- •The History of Love--Nicole KraussTwo characters and plots make their way toward each other and intertwine. Lovingly crafted without feeling overworked. A stunner.