• Cate Warren
Written by
Cate Warren
August 2015
Written by
Cate Warren
August 2015


March 2, 2015 - June 2, 2015

Are you having trouble figuring out what to read next? Maybe this list can help. Here’s a roll call of what we’ve been reading and discussing thus far in the group In Praise of Literature over its first three months of life:

From the main page:

  1. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
  2. In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honoré
  3. The Crow by J. O’Barr
  4. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  5. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  6. Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg
  7. Fire & Water by Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
  8. How to Write Like Chekhov: Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work edited by Piero Brunello & Lena Lenček 
  9. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  11. Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner
  12. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  13. Double Indemnity by James M. Cain
  14. Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain
  15. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series
  16. Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
  17. The Dark Half by Stephen King
  18. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  19. Room by Emma Donoghue
  20. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  21. The Fran Lebowitz Reader by Fran Lebowitz
  22. Lover of Unreason by Yehuda Koren & Eilat Negev
  23. Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  24. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  25. Darkness Visible by William Styron
  26. On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations about Conquering Depression by Kathy Cronkite
  27. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  28. All in Her Head by Sunny Mera
  29. Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and Church by Sarah Griffith Lund
  30. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
  31. Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood
  32. Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux by Boris Kachka
  33. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  34. The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogel
  35. Why I Write: Thoughts of the Craft of Fiction edited by Will Blythe
  36. The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life by Ann Patchett
  37. Why I Write by George Orwell
  38. What is Stephen Harper Reading? by Yann Martel
  39. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  40. Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters by John Steinbeck
  41. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  42. You’ve Got to Read This: Contemporary American Writers Introduce Stories that Held Them in Awe edited by Ron Hansen & Jim Shepard 

From the discussions:

  1. Believing is Seeing: Creating the Culture of Art by Mary Anne Staniszewski
  2. Painting and Sculpture in Europe: 1880 - 1940 by George Heard Hamilton
  3. Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook
  4. Touching from a Distance by Deborah Curtis
  5. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
  6. Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
  7. Nothing Was the Same by Kay Redfield Jamison
  8. River Thieves by Michael Crummey
  9. Masters of Cinema: Ingmar Bergman by Jacques Mandelbaum
  10. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough by Tomi Ungerer
  11. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  12. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  13. In the Fall by Jeffery Lent
  14. The Winter Vault by Anne Michaels
  15. Richard Yates’s entire catalogue 
  16. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  17. Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  18. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  19. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

And these valuable links to various recommended reads from our members:

Kamy Wicoff’s Wishful Thinking: http://www.kamywicoff.com/wishful-thinking/reading-group-guide/#furtherreading

Barbara Stark-Nemon’s Even in Darkness: http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/behind-the-book-researching-wwi-soldiers?xg_source=activity

Ksenia Rychtycka’s list, Eastern European Immigrant Fiction: http://www.amazon.com/lm/R39GJB7DDZL2J1/ref=cm_pdp_lm_all_itms

Ksenia Rychtycka’s list, Top Women Writers from India: http://www.polkacafe.com/best-female-authors-in-india-1024.html

Many thanks to the members of “In Praise of Literature” for your contributions! 

Please feel free to stop by and peruse our comments and discussions. All are welcome to join.

Stay tuned for future quarterly reports from In Praise of Literature.

Note: not all posted links or writers discussed in the group have been listed here, only the specific titles of books, series, or links to lists of books or blogs on the subject, and in no particular order. 

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