Monday, May 11, 2009

filling in the gaps..

I haven't been able to choose 100 books yet...  

The whole process of looking at my list of books that I own...

The stacks of books that I brought home (when the store that I worked at closed down last year) have been looming over me like a tree in a Dr Seuss picture.

For some reason I still think that this is a necessary process.  So, here is the list of books that will continue to grow:

1. A Parisian Affair and Other Stories by Guy de Maupassant
2. The Sunday Philosophy Club  by Alexander McCall Smith
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. White Noise by Don DeLillo
5. Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
6. The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
7. Ursula, Under by Ingrid Hill
8. Pu-239 And Other Russian Fantasies by Ken Kalfus
9. Tristes Tropiques by Claude Levi-Strauss
10. Purple Hibiscus  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
11. A Changed Man by Francine Prose
12. General Theory of Magic by Marcel Mauss
13. A Woman's Life by Guy De Maupassant
14. Tales of Wonder by Mark Twain
15. Between Past and Future by Hannah Arendt, Jerome Kohn
16. Male and Female by Margaret Mead
17. Growing Up in New Guinea: A Comparative Study of Primitive Education by Margaret Mead
18. Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
19. Plum Wine by Angela Davis-Gardner
20. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
21. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
22. 13.5 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
23. Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa by Nicholas Shrady
24. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
25. Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass
26. Tolstoy's Short Fiction: (Norton Critical Editions) by Leo Tolstoy
27. The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende
28. Taking Pictures by Anne Enright
29. Passin' by Karen E. Quinones Miller
30. Adam, One Afternoon And OTHER STORIES by Italo Calvino
31. The Collected Short Fiction of Marianne Hauser by Marianne Hauser
32. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book one by Stephen R. Donaldson
33. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book two by Stephen R. Donaldson
34. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book three by Stephen R. Donaldson
35. Middlemarch by George Eliot
36. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
37. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
38. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
39. Leave It To Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse
40. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
41. First Into Nagasaki by George Weller
42. The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
43. Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong
44. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
45. Starbook by Ben Okri
46. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
47. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
48. Paradise Lost by John Milton
49. From the Shadow of Dracula by Paul Murray
50. White Gold by Giles Milton
51. The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch
52. Summer Doorways by W.S. Merwin
53. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
54. Writing With Intent by Margaret Atwood
55. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
56. Possession by AS Byatt
57. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
58. No God But God by Reza Aslan
59. A Chance Meeting by Rachel Cohen
60. The Black Angel by John Connolly
61. Big Boned by Meg Cabot
62. Amenable Women by Mavis Cheek
63. Pope Joan by Donna Cross 
64. The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
65. Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham
66. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
67. Chez Moi by Agnes Desarthe
68. The Keep by jennifer Egan
69. The Island of the Day Beefore by Umberto Eco
70. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde 
71. Imperial Reckoning by Carline Elkins
72. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
73. Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris
74. A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif
75. The World To Come by Dara Horn
76. Forever by Pete Hamill
77. The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
78. Margaret Wise Brown Awakened By the Moon by Leonard S. Marcus
79. Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
80. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
81. The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
82. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
83. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
84. Magoc Seeds by V.S. Naipaul
85. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


I_am_Tulsa said...
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Emily Cross said...

Tulsa, remember to email me at if you haven't gotten an invite yet to join the blog and post :)

I_am_Tulsa said...

Emily! Thank you! I will ask for an invite as soon as I get my list to 100...

B said...

Wow! That's a list! And I thought my 12 dangerous books were something!

I_am_Tulsa said...

B! I checked out your list just now and have found another book I should be adding to this list...
86. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie!

Thank you, I can't believe I had forgotten about it...well...actually I can...that is the idea of writing these lists I suppose!

Donna Woolfolk Cross said...

I'm Donna Woolfolk Cross, the author of "Pope Joan", and I'm delighted to see my novel on your list. I'm glad to learn that you found Joan's story as inspirational as I did. She was a "dangerous" woman in the best sense of the word!

You may not know that the movie based on my novel has recently finished filming. For "insider" news about it (I was on the set in both Germany and Morocco--fascinating!), go to and add your name to the "Update" list on the home page. You'll get an email from me about once a month (it's easy to unsubscribe if you decide you don't want to receive these).

Good luck filling out your list!

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I_am_Tulsa said...

Wow! Donna Woolfolk Cross was HERE...

How could I not find this interesting...the story of a woman who's existence was denied for a thousand years...a woman who assumes the identity of her brother and enters a Benedictine monastery!

Well, after I finish reading Middlemay, you know what the next book I am going to read is!

I_am_Tulsa said...

Oi! I meant to write "Middlemarch" after reading Middlemarch...