NPR’s “You Must Read This” list

 

Here is the Complete ‘You Must Read This’ Recommendation List from NPR  What do you think?  Do I sense a book challenge?  I love to read what authors favorite books are!  Which book on this list would you read after seeing who recommended it?  Truthfully, I haven’t heard of alot of these!  Oh Well!  The books that enticed me are pictured below.  If you have read any of them please let me know how much you liked it.

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 47, by Walter Mosley, Little, Brown and Company, paperback, 240 pages, List Price: $7.99, Recommended by Steven Barnes

The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991, by Eric Hobsbawm, Vintage, paperback, 672 pages, List Price: $17.95, Recommended by Michael Kazin

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, Signet Classics, paperback, 176 pages, List Price: $9.99, Recommended by David Maine

April Morning, by Howard Fast, Bantam, paperback, 208 pages, List Price: $7.99, Recommended by Sally Gunning

The Areas of My Expertise, by John Hodgman, Riverhead Trade, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Mary Roach

A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote, Knopf, hardcover, 48 pages, List Price: $17.95, Recommended by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, Random House, paperback, 528 pages, List Price: $14.95, Recommended by Maile Meloy

The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel, by Isaac Babel, W.W. Norton, paperback, 560 pages, List Price: $16.95, Recommended by George Saunders

Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace, Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, 352 pages, List Price: $25.95, Recommended by David Lipsky

Consider the Oyster, by M.F.K. Fisher, North Point Press, paperback, 96 pages, List Price: $11.00, Recommended by Kate Christensen

The Dain Curse, by Dashiell Hammett, Vintage, paperback, 240 pages, List Price: $13.00, Recommended by Jonathan Ames

Dirty Snow, by Georges Simenon, NYRB Classics, paperback, 272 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by James Hynes

Doctor Zhivago , by Boris Pasternak, Everyman’s Library, hardcover, 544 pages, List Price: $21.00, Recommended by Ursula Le Guin

Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Signet Classics, paperback, 400 pages, List Price: $4.95, Recommended by John Marks

Essays, by George Orwell, Everyman’s Library, hardcover, 1424 pages, List Price: $35.00, Recommended by Lawrence Wright

The Essential Tales of Chekhov, by Anton Chekhov, Harper Perennial, paperback, 368 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Diana Abu-Jaber

Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard, by Arthur Conan Doyle, NYRB Classics, paperback, 417 pages, List Price: $13.95, Recommended by Michael Chabon

Fathers and Sons, by Ivan Turgenev, Oxford University Press, paperback, 296 pages, List Price: $10.95, Recommended by Gary Shteyngart

The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin, Vintage, paperback, 128 pages, List Price: $10.95, Recommended by Eboo Patel

The Four-Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright, Square Fish, paperback, 208 pages, List Price: $6.99, Recommended by Marisa de los Santos

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, by Giorgio Bassani, Everyman’s Library, hardcover, 280 pages, List Price: $23.00, Recommended by Dalia Sofer

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Knopf, hardcover, 448 pages, List Price: $24.95, Recommended by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Heat, by Bill Buford, Knopf, hardcover, 336 pages, List Price: $25.96, Recommended by Oscar Villalon

His Dark Materials Trilogy, by Philip Pullman, Laurel Leaf, paperback, List Price: $22.50, Recommended by Julie Powell

The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, Signet Classics, paperback, 350 pages, List Price: $4.95, Recommended by Mireille Guiliano

The Immense Journey: An Imaginative Naturalist Explores the Mysteries of Man and Nature, by Loren Eiseley, Vintage, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $10.00, Recommended by Michael Lind

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney, Touchstone, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by James Rollins

Jesus’ Son, by Denis Johnson, Harper Perennial, paperback, 176 pages, List Price: $12.00, Recommended by Nathan Englander

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman, Dover, paperback, 128 pages, List Price: $3.00, Recommended by Diane Ackerman

The Living End, by Stanley Elkin, Dalkey Archive Press, paperback, 144 pages, List Price: $11.95, Recommended by Sam Lipsyte

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, Vintage, paperback, 336 pages, List Price: $13.95, Recommended by Bret Anthony Johnston

The Loser, by Thomas Bernhard, Vintage, paperback, 208 pages, List Price: $12.95, Recommended by Claire Messud

Maud Martha, by Gwendolyn Brooks, Third World Press, paperback, 180 pages, List Price: $9.95, Recommended by Asali Solomon

The Member of the Wedding, by Carson McCullers, Mariner, paperback, 176 pages, List Price: $7.95, Recommended by Augusten Burroughs

Middlemarch, by George Eliot, Penguin Classics, paperback, 800 pages, List Price: $10.00, Recommended by Francine Prose

Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, Bantam, paperback, 704 pages, List Price: $4.95, Recommended by Rebecca Scott

Mr. Ives’ Christmas, by Oscar Hijuelos, Harper Perennial, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $13.95, Recommended by Ray Suarez

The Mysterious Secret of Valuable Treasure, by Jack Pendarvis, MacAdam/Cage, hardcover, 250 pages, List Price: $21.00, Recommended by Laura Lippman

The Necklace and Other Tales, by Guy de Maupassant, Modern Library, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $10.95, Recommended by Mirta Ojito

Neighbors, by Thomas Berger, Simon & Schuster, paperback, 288 pages, List Price: $13.00, Recommended by Tom Perrotta

The Nine Tailors, by Dorothy L. Sayers, Harvest, paperback, 420 pages, List Price: $14.00 Recommended by Jonathan Hayes

Oh the Glory of It All, by Sean Wilsey, Penguin, paperback, 496 pages, List Price: $15.00, Recommended by Curtis Sittenfeld

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories, by Ama Ata Aidoo, The Feminist Press at CUNY, paperback, 170 pages, List Price: $13.95, Recommended by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Old Glory: A Voyage Down the Mississippi, by Jonathan Raban, Vintage, paperback, 416 pages, List Price: $15.00, Recommended by Tony Horwitz

On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen, by Harold McGee, Scribner, hardcover, 896 pages, List Price: $40.00, Recommended by Bill Buford

Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter, Harcourt, hardcover, 216 pages, List Price: $17.00, Recommended by Alice McDermott

Quarantine, by Jim Crace, Picador, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Bret Anthony Johnston

The Quiet American, by Graham Greene, Penguin Classics, paperback, 208 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Pico Iyer

The Radetzky March, by Joseph Roth, Overlook, paperback, 352 pages, List Price: $16.95, Recommended by Zoe Heller

The Republican Roosevelt, by John Morton Blum, Harvard University Press, paperback, 192 pages, List Price: $22.00, Recommended by Lewis Gould

The Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates, Vintage, paperback, 368 pages, List Price: $14.95. Recommended by Anthony Giardina

 Sacred Hunger, by Barry Unsworth, W.W. Norton, paperback, 629 pages, List Price: $14.95, Recommended by Ethan Canin

The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, HarperTrophy, paperback, 384 pages, List Price: $6.99, Recommended by Sloane Crosley

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake, by Breece D’J Pancake, Back Bay Books, paperback, 192 pages, List Price: $13.99, Recommended by Susan Straight

The Stories of John Cheever, by John Cheever, Vintage, paperback, 704 pages, List Price: $17.95, Recommended by T.C. Boyle

The Street, by Ann Petry, Mariner, paperback, 448 pages, List Price: $12.95, Recommended by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Suite Française, by Irène Némirovsky, Knopf, hardcover, 416 pages, List Price: $25.00, Recommended by Elizabeth Strout

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments, by David Foster Wallace, Back Bay Books, paperback, 368 pages, List Price: $14.99, Recommended by David Lipsky

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Peggy Smith, Harper Perennial, paperback, 528 pages, List Price: $16.95, Recommended by Peggy Orenstein

Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, by Kenzaburo Oe, Grove Press, paperback, 261 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Victor Lavalle

Tell Me a Riddle, by Tillie Olsen, Rutgers University Press, paperback, 310 pages, List Price: $23.95, Recommended by Scott Turow

That Night, by Alice McDermott, Dial Press, paperback, 208 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Alice Leccese Powers

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, Anchor, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $10.95, Recommended by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Third Policeman, by Flann O’Brien, Dalkey Archive Press, paperback, 200 pages, List Price: $12.95, Recommended by Charles Baxter

True Grit, by Charles Portis, Overlook, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $14.95, Recommended by George Pelecanos

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle, Philomel, hardcover, 32 pages, List Price: $21.99, Recommended by Marina Lewycka

View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems, by Wislawa Szymborska, Harvest, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $14.00, Recommended by Adam Gopnick

The Virginian, by Owen Wister, Signet Classics, paperback, 400 pages, List Price: $6.95, Recommended by Benjamin Percy

 Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters, by Jean Shepherd, Broadway, paperback, 352 pages, List Price: $14.95, Recommended by Jen Lancaster

Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson, Penguin Classics, paperback, 256 pages, List Price: $8.95, Recommended by Tom Perotta

The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins, Bantam, paperback, 800 pages, List Price: $5.95, Recommended by Jennifer Egan

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, by Maxine Hong Kingston, Vintage, paperback, 224 pages, List Price: $12.95, Recommended by Diana Abu-Jaber

The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Collier MacMillan, paperback, 428 pages, List Price: $6.99, Recommended by Lois Lowry

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  1. The Woman in White *sighs* SUCH a fantastic book! I second that 100%. You don’t hear people talking about this book a lot but it is such a classic and one of the first proper mystery novels ever.

  2. Yes, I agree with Ana. I loved The Woman in White as well. Here is a link to my review of the book:

    http://lifeandtimesofanewnewyorker.blogspot.com/2008/06/1001-books-update-woman-in-white.html

  3. bookroomreviews says:

    Ana and Amanda, I’ve moved it up my list now! Amanda, I really liked your review! Thanks for sharing it! Tracy

  4. *Suite Francaise* is an incredible set of novellas. The backstory about the author, Irene Nemirovsky, is amazing. She was a successful published author and had to leave Paris during the German occupation. The stories tell the tale of the people who left (in a fictional format); she wrote them at the same time she was experiencing this herself. The books were found by her daughters many years later. The appendices contain letters and other documents that make it even more compelling.

    Other favorites include *The Secret Garden* and *The Very Hungry Caterpillar* :*

    Yes, this is a great idea for a reading challenge!

  5. The Yearling recommended by Lois Lowry. I’ve got that one sitting on my bookshelf. Of course, I have always intended to read it but life gets in the way.

  6. bookroomreviews says:

    Thanks Dawn! I’m going to see if it’s on Bookmooch now!
    I know what you mean Natasha:)

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