WHAT I READ 2012
“Lou the Prophet” Willa Cather. Read
“The Offshore Pirate” F. Scott Fitzgerald. Pretty girl meets her match. Read
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston. Rite of passage of woman from teenager to woman.
I Am The New Black Tracy Morgan with Anthony Bozza
THE MYSTERY AT CLOOMBER ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE Adventure. Read Here.
“The Bet” Anton Chekov. Questioning of human failings and life’s meaning:: read
War Of The Worlds H. G Wells Apocalyptic Science Fiction. Read Here.
Blackberries, Blackberries Lives of African American women, short stories. Crystal E. Wilkinson
On Being 100: 31 Centenarians Share Their Extraordinary Lives And Wisdom Liane Enkelis
The Color Purple Alice Walker An abused girl’s rite of passage through rape, emotional abuse, and domestic violence to achieve womanhood. Women and relationships.
Charles and Emma Deborah Heiligman Biography of Charles and Emma Darwin. Young Adult
Nothing But Ghosts Beth Kephart Girl unravel a town’s long held secret. Young Adult
Voices In The Evening Natalia Ginzburg
lost in language & sound or how i found my way to the arts Ntozake Shange
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman” Read story here.
Witches and Witch-hunts: A History Of Persecution Milton Meltzer Young Adult
When You Are Happy Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio* Children’s Book
A Child’s Book of Blessings Compiled by Sabrina Dearborn, Illustrated by Olwyn Whelan*
The American Heritage Short History Of The Civil War Bruce Catton
Belle’s Song K.M. Grant The Canturybury Tales from the perspective of a young woman on the pilgrimage. Young Adult
Letter To My Daughter Maya Angelou Autobiography
The Juniper Tree” Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale (you probably wouldn’t want to read it to a child.) Story here.
Home of the Brave Katherine Applegate Young Adult
Passing Nella Larsen. Women is pulled into a relationship a with woman passing for white. Read here.
“Going Into Exile” Liam O’Flaherty Brother and sister emigrate to American from Ireland.
*How To Be Black Baratunde Thurston. Hilarious satire and serious look at race.
Somehow Tenderness Survives: Stories Of Southern Africa Selected By Hazel Rochman
Catching Fire Suzanne Collins I can’t figure out if this series is Young Adult. It’s very violent, maybe too violent for teenagers.
Mockingjay Suzanne Collins Young Adult
The March E.L. Doctorow
The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins Young Adult
Aretha From These Roots Aretha Franklin and David Ritz
The Invisible Princess Faith Ringgold Children’s Book
Golem David Wisniewski Children’s
Hospital Sketches Louisa May Alcott Read
Mosses From An Old Manse: “Earth’s Holocaust” Nathaniel Hawthorne Short story read
“Toga Party” John Barth. Retired couple contemplate old age and death.
“The Molestation of Skinny Boys” Jackson Bliss. An American man visits his family in Africa.
“Preservation” Raymond Carver A wife’s vision of life is clearer when her husband loses his job.
“Snow Drop” Tanith Lee. Futuristic version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Read
Mothers of Invention Drew Gilpin Faust. Researched study of the lives of white southern women during the Civil War.
Behind A Mask Louisa May Alcott Read
“Lot 249″ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A man and a mummy create havoc at Oxford. Read here.
The Snow Queen Hans Christian Anderson Children’s, but Preteen, Teen, and Adult Parts like it too. A girl searches goes on a journey searching for her friend who has been kidnapped by a supernatural being. Fantasy. Read Here.
The Emperor’s New Clothes Hans Christian Anderson Children’s – All parts love it. Read.
“Miss Tempy’s Watchers” Sarah Orne Jewett. Two women spend the night watching over a dead friend. Read.
Pygmalion George Benard Shaw. Man tries to make a woman over in his image. I think the preface is tedious. Read.
“Behind The Scene” Sarojini Sahoo. A middle-aged woman considers the result of her choices in life. Read
The Teacher who Forgot Too Much: A Field Trip Mystery Steven Brezenoff. Children’s Classmates solve a mystery.
Sadie and Ratz Sonya Hartnett. Very Handy. Children’s
A Short History of Reconstruction, 1863-1877. Eric Foner
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving Children’s Read.
“Rip Van Winkle.” Washington Irving Children’s Read.
“Hansel and Gretel.” Brothers Grimm Children’s Read.
“Snow -White and Red- Rose.” Brothers Grimm Children’s? Read
“A Lodging For The Night” Robert Louis Stevenson Short Story Read A thief and a knight spend the night together.
The Island of Dr. Moreau H.G. Wells Read Young Adult
In A Camel’s Eye Ben and Bekah Merkle Children’s Robbers attack a caravan.
The Tide Sally Cartwright Children’s Explanation of the moon’s pull on the earth’s waters.
“Turning Tide” Laila Lalami Short Story A man in Tangier tries to decide whether to live with his family or his money craving mistress. Read
Puss In Boots Charles Perrault Read
Raymond Carver’s (1938-1988) short stories are about the struggles of working class Americans. They’re insightful and well written, but depressing at times. Some stories may stir up triggers.
“I Could See the Smallest Things” Raymond Carver Read
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” Raymond Carver Read Love, love. love. Love.
“Cathedral” Raymond Carver Read What can the blind teach those with sight?
“Menudo” Raymond Carver The story is from Where I’m Calling From: Stories.
In the middle of the night, the narrator reflects on his relations with three women: his current wife, Vicky; his ex-wife, Molly; and the neighbor with whom he is having a sexual affair, Amanda. He looks out his window and sees the lights on at Amanda’s house and wonders what she is doing. After Amanda’s husband Oliver discovered her affair with the narrator, he left the house, giving Amanda an ultimatum to move out within a week. Vicky also knows of the affair and is now snubbing him. It is not clear how their relationship will end or what kind of a future relationship he will have with Amanda. He reflects on his treatment of his ex-wife, Molly. She loved him unconditionally. When he left her for Vicky, she had a breakdown and was sent to a mental institution. The narrator had trouble dealing with Molly’s breakdown—while attending a drinking party at an artist friend’s house (Alfredo), he began to shake uncontrollably. The friend said he would fix him a menudo, a Latino stew made of tripe, sausage, onions, tomatoes, chili powder, and other ingredients. The menudo would calm him down. But the narrator fell asleep before the menudo was ready and as a consequence he never sampled it. As the narrator reflects on his life with the three women, dawn arrives. Looking outside, he sees leaves scattered on his lawn. He dresses, grabs a rake and rakes and bags the leaves on his lawn. Then he begins raking a neighbor’s lawn, and the story ends. Copied from Wikpedia.
“The Last Man” by Anonymous. From The End of the World: Classic Tale of Apocalyptic Science Fiction. Compiled by Michael Kelahan
“Gabriel Ernest” Saki (Hector Hugh Marone) I love the first line in this story: “There is a beast in your woods.” Read
“The Canterville Ghost” Oscar Wilde Read Pre-teen or Tweens
Margaret and the Moth Tree Brit and Kari Trogen Pre-teen
“The Goddess in the Ice” Harlan Ellison Speculative Fiction
“The Darling” Anton Chekhov I wanted to slap the protagonist. Read
Passing Nella Larsen I could read it a million times and I will. Read
Premonitions Jude Watson Young Adult
How the Fisherman Tricked the Genie: A Tale Within a Tale Within a Tale. Hitoba Sunami Children’s
“Roman Fever” Edith Wharton Read
“Xingu” Edith Wharton Read
she said/she saw Norah McClintock Young Adult
“Going For A Beer” Robert Coover Read
“I Stand Here Ironing” Tillie Olsen Read
Middle Passage Charles Johnson Review
“The Story Of An Hour” Kate Chopin Read