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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Chabon
    White Noise by DeLillo
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami
    New York Trilogy by Auster
    Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon
    Pastoralia by Saunders
    Collected Fictions by Borges (this is probably cheating)
    The Loser by Bernhard
    Frog by Dixon
    Cloud Atlas by Mitchell
    Motherless Brooklyn by Lethem

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Why do I find these lists so impossible?!

    These are completely random ...

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being -- Milan Kundera
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay -- Michael Chabon
    The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
    The Shipping News -- Annie Proulx
    High Fidelity -- Nick Hornby
    Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang -- Joyce Carol Oates
    She's Come Undone -- Wally Lamb
    The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
    Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy
    Catcher in the Rye -- J.D. Salinger
    The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Honorable mention: Gone With the Wind, and nearly anything by Dickens.

    My favorite books when I was growing up were Where The Red Fern Grows and Indian in the Cupboard.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by nycredsfan View Post
    Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Chabon
    White Noise by DeLillo
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami
    New York Trilogy by Auster
    Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon
    Pastoralia by Saunders
    Collected Fictions by Borges (this is probably cheating)
    The Loser by Bernhard
    Frog by Dixon
    Cloud Atlas by Mitchell
    Motherless Brooklyn by Lethem

    Really liked Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Chabon.

    Couldn't ever get through Gravity's Rainbow but I did like Vineland quite a lot.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by RosieRed View Post
    Why do I find these lists so impossible?!

    These are completely random ...

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being -- Milan Kundera
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay -- Michael Chabon
    The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
    The Shipping News -- Annie Proulx
    High Fidelity -- Nick Hornby
    Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang -- Joyce Carol Oates
    She's Come Undone -- Wally Lamb
    The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
    Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy
    Catcher in the Rye -- J.D. Salinger
    The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Honorable mention: Gone With the Wind, and nearly anything by Dickens.

    My favorite books when I was growing up were Where The Red Fern Grows and Indian in the Cupboard.
    Great list Rosie

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by nycredsfan View Post
    Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Chabon
    White Noise by DeLillo
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami
    New York Trilogy by Auster
    Gravity's Rainbow by Pynchon
    Pastoralia by Saunders
    Collected Fictions by Borges (this is probably cheating)
    The Loser by Bernhard
    Frog by Dixon
    Cloud Atlas by Mitchell
    Motherless Brooklyn by Lethem

    Loved the Chabon book also. My son-in-law insisted I read White Noise (DeLillo is his favorite author), and I really liked it...almost made my top 10.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Non Fiction

    Ball Four - Jim Bouton
    The Fifties - Halbersam
    The Reckoning - Halberstam
    Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey
    Europe - Norman Davies
    The Cosmic Trigger - Robert Anton Wilson
    Myths to Live By - Joseph Campbell
    Bill James Historical Abstract
    The Joy of Cooking

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by RosieRed View Post
    Why do I find these lists so impossible?!

    These are completely random ...

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being -- Milan Kundera
    The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay -- Michael Chabon
    The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
    The Shipping News -- Annie Proulx
    High Fidelity -- Nick Hornby
    Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang -- Joyce Carol Oates
    She's Come Undone -- Wally Lamb
    The Time Traveler's Wife -- Audrey Niffenegger
    Anna Karenina -- Leo Tolstoy
    Catcher in the Rye -- J.D. Salinger
    The Brothers Karamazov -- Fyodor Dostoevsky




    Honorable mention: Gone With the Wind, and nearly anything by Dickens.

    My favorite books when I was growing up were Where The Red Fern Grows and Indian in the Cupboard.
    Poisonwood Bible, The Shipping News

    Read Indian in the Cupboard aloud to my kids. Good book. My daughter also loved Cynthia Voigt and Madeleine L'Engle books.
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    Really liked Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Chabon.

    Couldn't ever get through Gravity's Rainbow but I did like Vineland quite a lot.
    I've been struggling with Pynchon's new one off and on for a few months now. Usually I would say that The Crying of Lot 49 is my favorite Pynchon, but I have been on a long book kick lately. It started with finally getting around to Infinite Jest.

    Chabon's new one, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, comes out on May 1st and they are currently filming a movie of Mysteries of Pittsburgh, so there is lots of Chabon goodness to look forward to.

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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Quote Originally Posted by nycredsfan View Post
    I've been struggling with Pynchon's new one off and on for a few months now. Usually I would say that The Crying of Lot 49 is my favorite Pynchon, but I have been on a long book kick lately. It started with finally getting around to Infinite Jest.

    Chabon's new one, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, comes out on May 1st and they are currently filming a movie of Mysteries of Pittsburgh, so there is lots of Chabon goodness to look forward to.

    Love Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Didn't know they were making a movie. That's cool. edit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768218/fullcredits#cast

    looks like they cut out Arthur Lecomte. I like the casting of Peter Saarsgard as Cleveland though. My cats' name is Cleveland, partly in honor of this character.


    I really liked the Crying of Lot 49 too.

    Looking forward to the new Chabon.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

    Honestly, I like every book that I finish. If it's not well written, or if the story doesn't enthrall me in some way then the books gets returned. But this is the nature of my professional life- a librarian needs to read very widely in order to be good at their job. So favorites? That's too hard to do for me.



    But I have a long list of books that I've only gotten fifty pages into.
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    re: Mysteries of Pittsburgh -

    Looks like they changed the story line a bit.

    During his first summer after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Art Bechstein (Foster) falls into a romance with a married couple.
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    Re: Your all time Top 11 favorite books

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    re: Mysteries of Pittsburgh -

    Looks like they changed the story line a bit.

    During his first summer after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Art Bechstein (Foster) falls into a romance with a married couple.
    I read that the screenwriter combined the characters of Arthur and Cleveland into one character. I don't have high hopes for this one as I can't see the writer/director of Dodgeball being able to pull off this material. Peter Sarsgaard is an excellent choice for Cleveland, but I can't picture Mena Suvari as Phlox.

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    I read that the screenwriter combined the characters of Arthur and Cleveland into one character. I don't have high hopes for this one as I can't see the writer/director of Dodgeball being able to pull off this material. Peter Sarsgaard is an excellent choice for Cleveland, but I can't picture Mena Suvari as Phlox.

    at least it's not Katie Holmes.
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    Speaking of adaptations, John Krasinski (The Office) is adapting David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers are working on Where the Wild Things Are. I'm pretty excited about both of those.


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