Okay, an exaggeration. I'd just grab the kids if the house were on fire. But you get the point. These are a few of the books that have stayed on the bookshelf over the years.
  1. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.
    Every sentence is exquisite. Plus it's Paris. And the boys seem hot.
  2. Fodor's Italy Guide 1969
    According to this guide, "a man would be foolish to buy a new silk dressing gown for this trip-it's one of Italy's specialties."
  3. Naked by David Sedaris
    I travelled with this book for awhile because I always laugh out loud in the same spots and there is a certain comfort to that. I saw him read last summer and I got him to sign my tattered copy.
  4. The God of Small Things by Arundati Roy
    One word, lush.
  5. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
    When you need a good heart break. Also, I have a thing for old paperbacks.
  6. Down and Out in Paris and London by Henry Miller
    Obligatory Henry Miller phase in college and I just fucking loved this book.
  7. Chicken Ten Thousand by Jacqueline Jackson
    This is a children's book I picked up at a library sale. It's about a chicken named "Little Ten Thousand" that escapes a factory farm and experiences grass, water and worms for the first time. It's beautiful.
  8. Tiffany's Table Manners for Teen-Agers
    On eating meat, "When you get to the heart, use your knife and fork." Spot on.
  9. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
    Fascinating. Orwell's account serving in the Spanish Civil War. Sparked my crush on him.
  10. 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    I freak out if I don't read this every few years.