Monday, December 5, 2011

Harper Lee, Truman Capote novels make 'The Well-Stocked Bookcase' list

A friend e-mailed me an interesting recommended reading list a few days ago, and I’m passing it along to you guys tonight.

It’s called “The Well-Stocked Bookcase” and was compiled by editors at the Book-of-the Month Club to celebrate the club’s 60th anniversary. The list consists of 60 novels that were published between 1926 and 1986. The books were picked for having an “impact that still endures - novels that have changed how we Americans talk, think, write, feel and see ourselves.”

1. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
2. Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
3. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
4. Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
5. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
6. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
7. U.S.A. by John Dos Passos
8. Light in August by William Faulkner
9. Studs Lonigan by James T. Farrell
10. Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

11. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Mallahan Cain
12. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
13. Vein of Iron by Ellen Glasgow
14. Heaven's My Destination by Thornton Wilder
15. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
16. The Late George Apley by John P. Marquand
17. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
18. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
19. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson Mccullers
20. Trees by Conrad Richter

21. What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
22. Delta Wedding by Eudora Welty
23. All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
24. The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
25. Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
26. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
27. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote
28. The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
29. The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
30. The Wall by John Hersey

31. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
32. From Here to Eternity by James Jones
33. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
34. Lie Down in Darkness by William Styron
35. The Recognitions by William Gaddis
36. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
37. The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor
38. Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
39. The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
40. The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever

41. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
42. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
43. Rabbit, Run by John Updike
44. The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
45. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
46. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
47. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
48. Little Big Man by Thomas Berger
49. A Fan's Notes by Frederick Exley
50. Them by Joyce Carol Oates

51. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
52. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
53. Burr by Gore Vidal
54. Nickel Mountain by John Gardner
55. Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow
56. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
57. The World According to Garp by John Irving
58. The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard
59. A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone
60. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

In the end, how many of these books have you had the chance to read? Which did you like or dislike? Which would your recommend and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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