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MODERN MASTERS

Sunset on the marsh in South Carolina,
across the road from the background beach



20th-century American classics
  • Revolutionary Road and The Easter Parade by Richard Yates
  • The Last Gentleman by Walker Percy*
  • Tender is the Night, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Short Stories, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Stories of John Cheever*
  • Where I'm Calling from by Raymond Carver
  • Selected Stories by Andre Dubus
  • The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (review) and Collected Stories (review) by Carson McCullers 
  • O Pioneers! and My Antonia by Willa Cather 

          Contemporary American literary fiction
          • We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver  
          • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides  
          • Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
          • The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta*
          • Bee Season by Myla Goldberg 
          • Paris Trout by Pete Dexter (review) 
          • A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter* 
          • The Ice Storm by Rick Moody*

          AROUND THE WORLD

            Contemporary British novels
            • The Believers and Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller*
            • The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time and A Spot of Bother (review) by Mark Haddon
            • High Fidelity and How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
            • The Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend (reviews hyperlinked below)
              • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, age 13 3/4
              • The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
              • True Confessions of Adrian Mole et. al.; Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years
              • Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years*
              • The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole*
              • Adrian Mole & the Weapons of Mass Destruction*
              • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years*

              World Literature
              •  I'm Not Scared, I'll Steal You Away and Crossroads by Niccolò Ammaniti (review)
              • The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr (review)
              • When Rain Clouds Gather by Bessie Head*

                  COMPELLING NONFICTION
                    Do you like to read on planes too?

                    Memoirs
                    • Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres (review)
                    • Made for You and Me by Caitlin Shetterly (review)
                    • Wild Swans by Jung Chang*
                    • Crazy by Pete Earley (review)  
                    • Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane*

                        Social science & current events 
                        •  Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser.  His followup, Reefer Madness, is all right for someone interested in those particular subjects, but disappointing overall, without the narrative strength of Nation
                        • Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.  Haven't read his collection What the Dog Said, mostly because many articles within it have been available on the New Yorker's website and Gladwell's own.
                        • Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography by Dominic Streatfeild (review

                        History, science and biography
                        • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John Barry (review
                        • The Language Instinct* and Words and Rules by Steven Pinker
                        • The Bin Ladens by Steve Coll

                        THRILLERS AND SUSPENSE

                            True crime
                            • Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck by Erik Larson 
                            • Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer 
                            • The Best American Crime Reporting (yearly) (review)
                            • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (review)
                            • The Beautiful Cigar-Girl by Daniel Stashower (review)
                            • Murder in Coweta County by Margaret Anne Barnes (review

                              Engrossing mysteries
                              • The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster*
                              • The Secret History by Donna Tartt*
                              • The #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith 
                              • In the Woods by Tana French
                              • Absolutely everything by Agatha Christie, including Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Murder in Mesopotamia, Mrs. McGinty's Dead!, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Murder at Hazelmoor (I'm serious.  They are all fantastic.)  
                              • The Inspector Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell (review of first half)

                                SHORT STORIES

                                New Stories from the South: Worth the buy every single year

                                Single author collections
                                  • The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas by Reginald McKnight*
                                  • Tumble Home and Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel
                                  • The People Down South by Cary Holladay*
                                  • A Multitude of Sins, Women with Men and Rock Springs by Richard Ford (review)
                                  • The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff
                                  • Like Life and Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
                                  • How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
                                  • Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones*
                                  • Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
                                  • White People by Allan Gurganus*
                                  • Last Night and Dusk by James Salter*

                                    Anthologies
                                    • New Stories from the South (yearly)
                                    • The Best American Short Stories (yearly)
                                    • God: Stories, edited by Michael Curtis (review)
                                    • Wonderful Town: New York Stories from the New Yorker  
                                    • Esquire's Big Book of Fiction
                                    • The Tin House Fiction Reader
                                    • The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
                                    • The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories
                                    • Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce, collected and edited by Caitlin Shetterly (review)


                                      * To be reviewed.  

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