Originally Posted by vaticanplum
I have tried to read Portrait of an Artist so many times. I canNOT get through it.
I can't either. I've owned a copy for at least 12 years, have picked it up and started it at least 8 times.
There's another classic fiction book, I'm drawing a blank, that I've tried to read a number of times ... it has a ton of footnotes ... man. That's going to drive me crazy. But anyway, I'm not a huge fan of footnotes as it turns out, especially in fiction books.
Some of my favorite non-fiction/memoirs:
The Orchid Thief -- Susan Orlean
Lovely Bones/Lucky: A Memoir -- Alice Sebold (I know the former is "fiction," but close enough, IMO)
South -- Ernest Shackleton
Paula -- Isabel Allende
Stolen Lives -- Malika Oufkir
Guns, Germs & Steel -- Jared Diamond
Into the Wild and Into Thin Air -- Jon Kraukauer
At Home in The World -- Joyce Maynard (not sure why, but I just really liked this book when I read it)
In the Heart of the Sea -- Nathaniel Philbrick
I read so many travel/adventure/disaster books, I could have a favorite list of just that genre.
Some fiction might have made my list had I remembered them earlier:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn -- Betty Smith
Bastard Out of Carolina -- Dorothy Allison
Summerland -- Michael Chabon (this is probably my favorite of his, actually, I don't know why I spaced on it earlier)