Amy E's List

As of Feb: 3/59

Emboldened works are my duplicates.

1. Queer Fiction

Fiction with LGBTTQQIAAP themes

  1. Jack, A.M. Homes
  2. Maurice, E.M. Forester
  3. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  4. A Son Called Gabriel, Damian McNicholl
  5. Choir Boy, Charlie Anders
  6. Best Lesbian Erotica 2007, Tristan Taormino (I swear it’s not cheating.)
  7. Rose of No Man’s Land, Michelle Tea
  8. Orlando, Virginia Woolf

2. Authored by a female-identified person

  1. Everything You Need, A.L. Kennedy
  2. My Sister’s Continent, Gina Frangello
  3. Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
  4. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  5. Everyone’s Pretty, Lydia Millet
  6. In the Country of the Young, Lisa Carey
  7. The End of Mr Y, Scarlett Thomas
  8. The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, Michelle Tea

3. French (aka Books by Colette and Anaïs Nin)

I intended to make this category more diverse, but I’ve had these books on my to-read list for so long the Colette/Nin thing just sort of happened.

  1. Cities of the Interior: Book 1, Anaïs Nin
  2. Cities of the Interior: Book 2, Anaïs Nin
  3. Cities of the Interior: Book 3, Anaïs Nin
  4. Cities of the Interior: Book 4, Anaïs Nin 
  5. Cities of the Interior: Book 5, Anaïs Nin (Okay, this was probably cheating.)
  6. The Complete Claudine, Colette
  7. Little Birds, Anaïs Nin
  8. Delta of Venus, Anaïs Nin

4. Poetry

My goal here is not to read the entirety of these poets’ works but to find at least one poem from each that I really really like.

  1. Ariel, Sylvia Plath
  2. Complete Poems of Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton
  3. The Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson
  4. Selected Poems, Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  5. Poems of W.B. Yeats, W.B. Yeats
  6. Poems of John Keats, John Keats
  7. Rossetti: Poems, Christina Rossetti
  8. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (because he looks like Gandalf)

5. Feminism and Queer Theory

A nonfiction counterpart to the queer fiction category

  1. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Judith Butler
  2. The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminism Abortion Service, Laura Kaplan
  3. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, Naomi Wolf
  4. Myths of Gender, Anne Fausto-Sterling
  5. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade, Ann Fessler
  6. The Riddle of Gender, Deborah Rudacille
  7. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, Anne Fausto-Sterling
  8. Gender, Race, and Class, Lynn S. Chancer et al.

6. Books that are older than me

Things published before 1984.

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  2. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  3. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
  4. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  5. The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek
  6. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
  7. An Introduction to Mathematics, Alfred North Whitehead
  8. The Aims of Education, Alfred North Whitehead

7. Philosophy and/or Activism

  1. An Introduction to Mathematics, Alfred North Whitehead
  2. The Aims of Education, Alfred North Whitehead
  3. Philosophical Writings, Simone de Beauvoir
  4. The Ethics of Ambiguity, Simone de Beauvoir
  5. Scientific Inquiry: Readings in the Philosophy of Science, Robert Klee
  6. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, William McDonough et al.
  7. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  8. No Contest: The Case Against Competition, Alfie Kohn

8. Light Reading – A respite from my own list

  1. A Practical Guide to Racism, C.H. Dalton
  2. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, Natile Angier
  3. The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasure of Obituaries, Marilyn Johnson
  4. The Farewell Chronicles: How We Really Respond to Death, Anneli S. Rufus
  5. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, Pierre Bayard
  6. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
  7. The Orphan's Tales: In the Cities of Coin and Spice, Catherynne Valente
  8. Dahlia Season, Myriam Gurba
Edit (2/16): Replaced a duplicate of Choir Boy with the second volume of The Orphan's Tales and a dup. of Maurice with The Sun Also Rises.

Edit (2/24): Added Dahlia Season to light reading. I’m not sure why it didn't make it on the list the first time.

Posted by Amy E. at 2/09/2008 12:26:00 PM


alisonwonderland said... February 9, 2008 at 4:11 PM  

it looks me to like you're going to need that "Light Reading" category! :)

i read The Beauty Myth quite a few years ago and liked it a lot.

i love the idea of "Books That Are Older Than Me". if i have to create a category of books some other time, i may have to borrow that one!

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