Sunday, November 11, 2018

recommended books - Fall 2018

On November 11 we sent out an email to a number of writer and reader friends, asking them to recommend five books for people to read for themselves, or to share during the Holidays season. Here are the responses (more to come as we receive them):

Charlotte Agell:
Days of Awe - short stories - A M Homes
The 57 Bus - a true story of two teenagers and the crime that changed their lives - Dashka Slater
Anything written by Tove Jansson
Symphony for the City of the Dead - Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad - M T Anderson
Fascism: A Warning - Madeleine Albright

Joshua Bodwell:
Mrs. Bridge - Evan S. Connell
The Bookshop - Penelope Fitzgerald
The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
The Book: An Hommage - Burkhard Spinnen
The Baltimore Book of the Dead - Marion Winik

Lisa Brooks:
Why Indigenous Literatures Matter - Daniel Heath Justice
Miko Kings - Leanne Howe
Sacred Wilderness - Susan Power
Mother/Land - Cheryl Savageau
Snowy Strangeways - Melissa Tantaguidgeon Zobel

Freida Camacho
Ghost - Jason Reynolds
The Mother Daughter Book Club - Heather Vogel Frederick
Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger
The Swap - Megan Shull
Orphan Island - Laurel Snyder

Tom Cheetham:
The Different Modes of Existence - Etienne Souriau et al
Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly - Joshua Rivkin
Emerald PLanet - David Beerling
Jung, Buddhism, and the Incarnation of Sophia - coming in 2019
LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media - P W Singer and Emerson Brooking

John Chryssavgis
Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
These Truths - Jill Lepore
News of the World - Paulette Jiles
Autumn - Ali Smith
A Strangeness In My Mind - Orhan Pamuk

Ellen Cooney
Flights - Olga Tokarczuk
Mirror Shoulder Signal - Dorthe Nors
An Empty Room - Mu Xin
Eleanor or The Rejection of the Progress of Love - Anna Moschovakis
American Indian Stories and Old Indian Legends - Zitkala-Sa

Sharif Elmusa and Judith Tucker:
Jamilia - Chingiz Aitmatov - trans. James Riordan
Four Wise Men - Michel Tournier
The Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic - Daniel Mendelsohn
Gaza: Preparing for Dawn - Donald Macintyre
Harvard Square- Andre Aciman
The Palestinian Table - Reem Kassis
Soup for Syria - Recipes to Celebrate Our Shared Humanity - Barbara Abdeni Massaad
Making Mirrors - writing/righting by and for Refugees - ed. by Bseiso and Thompson
This Same Sky - a collection of poems from around the world - selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
It's All for Sale: The Control of Global Resources - James Ridgeway
Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine - Penny Johnson (coming Feb. 2019)

Richard Ford
The German Lesson - Sigfried Lenz
The Enigma of Arrival - V S Naipul
Heat & Light - Jennifer Haigh
If You Leave Me - Crystal Hana Kim
Experience - Martin Amis

Carmen Greenlee
The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai
The Library Book - Susan Orlean
Kaaterskill Falls - Allegra Goodman
The Gulf - Jack Davis
Modern Man: The Life of Corbusier - Anthony Flint
These Truths - Jill Lepore

Nor Hall
Books and Islands in Ojibway Country - Louise Erdrich
The Winter Sun - Fanny Howe
The Ginni and the Golem - Helene Wecker
A Tale For the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Gary Lawless:
Overstory - Richard Powers
Midden - Julia Bouwsma
Gathering Moss - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Nature Love Medicine - Essays on Wilderness and Wellness - editor Thomas Fleischner
Miss Garnet's Angel - Salley Vickers

Bill McKibben
Overstory - Richard Powers
Eager - Ben Goldfarb
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
A Paradise Built In Hell - Rebecca Solnit
These Truths - Jill Lepore

Phyllis Merriam
These Truths - Jill Lepore
Fear - Bob Woodward
Becoming - Michelle Obama
The Art of the Wasted Day - Patricia Hampl

Naomi Shihab Nye
Ask Me - William Stafford
The Way It Is - William Stafford
The Which Way Tree - Elizabeth Crook
Monday Monday - Elizabeth Crook
News of the World - Paulette Jiles
Small Fry - Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Andrew Rosen
Man Without Qualities - Robert Musil
13th Tribe - Arthur Koestler
Feast of Fear - (interviews with Stephen King)
Rancho Mirage: an American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder - Aram Saroyan
Prime Green - Robert Stone

Eero Ruuttila
A Thousand Greetings - Sally Mann
The Water Will Come - Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World - Jeff Goodell
The Third Plate - field notes on the future of food - Dan Barber
Berlin - Jason Lutes
A Life of Olson w/Glyphs - Ed Sanders

Andrew Schelling:
Call Them By Their True Names - Rebecca Solnit
Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within The Anthropocene - Russo & Reed
The Annotated Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
Complete Cold Mountain- Han Shan - translators Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Leavitt
Henry David Thoreau: A Life - Laura Walls

Jonathan Skinner
Cubanology - Omar Perez
DuBois's Telegram - Literary Resistance and State Containment - Juliana Spahr
Something for Everybody - Anselm Berrigan
Being Ecological - Timothy Morton
Some Municipal Love Poems - Simon Smith
Spontaneous Particulars - The Telepathy of Archives - Susan Howe

Gary Snyder
1491 - Charles Mann
Dooby Lane - Snyder and Goin
Against the Grain - John C Scott
Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth - Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen in the Age of Ecological Crisis - Jason Wirth

Alessandro Spinazzi
In Danger: A Pasolini Anthology - Pier Paolo Pasolini
The Aesthetic Dimension - Herbert Marcuse
The Writer of Modern Life- essays on Baudelaire - Walter Benjamin
New Collected Poems - Marianne Moore
The Mother - Maxim Gorky

Brooke Williams
The Peregrine - J A Baker
Cosmic Consciousness - Bucke
Song of the Dodo - David Quammen
Blue Sapphire of the Mind - Douglas Christie
Jung's Collected Works vol. 18 - The Symbolic Life

Monica Wood
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Principles of Uncertainty -Maira Kalman

Colin Woodard
The Warriors - J Glenn Gray
In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larson
Liberty Men and the Great Proprietors - Alan Taylor
Champlain's Dream - David Hackett Fischer
A Doryman's Reflections - Paul Molyneaux