Bibliomania

Books We Love and a Few Books We Don't

Bibliomania

Katherine Catmull

Year

1. Homework by Suneeta Peres da Costa
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
3. The Fires by René Steinke

Decade
1. Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
2. Time's Arrow: Or the Nature of the Offense by Martin Amis
3. Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
4. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
5. A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
6. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
7. The Debt to Pleasure: A Novel by John Lanchester
8. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
9. The Giant's House: A Romance by Elizabeth McCracken
10. Infinite Jest: A Novel by David Foster Wallace

Desert Island
1. Arden Shakespeare Complete Works
2. King James Bible
3. Bhagavad-Gita
4. The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake
5. The Baseball Encyclopedia: The Complete and Definitive Record of Major League Baseball
6. Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust
7. Ulysses by James Joyce
8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
9. Master Poems of the English Language edited by Oscar Williams
10. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Advice to publishing world:
Hey, why are you rewriting the Harry Potter books when they're published in the States so that the English hero speaks American: calls his Mum "Mom," calls a dustbin a "garbage can," etc.? Worried that children might accidentally learn something about another country? Knock it off.

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