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Books To Read Before You Die

One of my favorite students asked me to list the books I think people should read before they die. So here goes:

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A work in progress...

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (Thanks, Jennifer!)

Maus by by Art Spiegelman

Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min

China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston

Anamalia Gaeme Base

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

The Stand by Stephen King

A Clockwork Orange by Burgess

A Step from Heaven by An Na

Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder

Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Red Azaela by Anchee Min

Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher

Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

She's Come Undone Wally Lamb

The Giver by Lois Lowery

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet

Icy Sparks by Gywn Rubio

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover

Like a Splinter in Your Mind by Matt Lawrence

ALL of the Oz books by Frank L Baum

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Rising by Brian Keene

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Blue World Robert McCammon

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

anything by A.A. Milne

The Alchemist Paulo Coehlo

Alice in Wonderland

Mad Woman in the Attic by Gilbert and Gubar

Star-Bellied Sneetches Dr. Seuss

Metamorphisis by Franz Kafka

Pretend We're Dead by Annalee Newitz

Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Language Myths by Laurie Bauer

Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

The Hobbitt by JRR Tolkein

The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education by Diane Ravitch

Poems of Emily Dickenson, but must be accompanied by a concordence and My Wars Are Laid Away in Book by Alfred Habagger--you can't appreciate the genius of her insanity without it.

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Foucault and Derrida: The Other Side of Reason by Roy Boyne

Harry Potter (all of them) by J K Rowling

Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Angela's Ashes and TeacherMan both by Frank McCourt

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker

Sula by Toni Morrison

Anti-Intellectualistm in American Life by Richard Hofstadter

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

The short stories of Vladimir Nabokov

The short stories of Edgar Allen Poe

Saussure for Beginners by Terrence Gordon

Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice

Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan

What We See When We Read Peter Mendelsund

That's all I can think of for now, a nice spattering of fiction and nonfiction in there. J Add suggestions to the comments please!

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