Lat year on my book tour, someone asked me to list my top 20 books. Here they are, in in no particular order. This list's too short, I left a million books out. Funny thing, I think I'd like to read them all over.
Bleak House—Charles Dickens
Pride and Prejudice—Jane Austen
The Barset Chronicles—Anthony Trollope
Daisy Bates in the Desert-Julia Blackburn
Snow Country-Yasunari Kawabata
Things Fall Apart –Chinua Achebe
Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer- Richard Holmes
Slouching Toward Bethlahem and The White Album—Joan Didion
Brown girl, Brownstones-Paule Marshall
 Midnight’s Children-Salmon Rushdie
A Room of One’s Own and Mrs. Dalloway-- Virginia Woolf
Confessions of a Confidence Man—Thomas Mann
Howl ---- Alan Ginsberg
Death of the Heart-- Elizabeth Bowen
If This is a Man and The Reawakening-- Primo Levi
Collected Poems-- W.B. Yeats
The Transit of Venus-- Shirley Hazard
The Vagabond--Collette
Gaudy Night-- Dorothy Sayers—
A Testament of Youth-- Vera Brittain
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men --James Agee and Walker Evans
Son of the Morning Star—Evan Connell
Portrait of a Lady-- Henry James
The Custom of the Country-- Edith Wharton
Three Plays: Juno and the Paycock, The Shadow of a Gunman, The Plow and the Stars --Sean O’Casey
Hiroshima- John Hersey --
Armies of the Night --Norman Mailer
The Great Gatsby and The Crack Up -- F. Scott Fitzgerald—
Pursuit of Love and Don’t Tell Alfred-- Nancy Mitford—
Hons and Rebels and The American Way of Death-- Jessica Mitford—
The Daredevils--Gary Amdahl
The Wide Sargasso Sea-Jean Rhys
The Diaries of Anais Nin- Anais Nin-
The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing--Doris Lessing
Alice in Wonderland --Lewis Carroll
Middlemarch- George Eliot-
ScoundralTime and Pentimento-Lillian Hellman
Guns of August-Barbara Tuchman
The Once and Future King--T.H. White
War and Peace-Leo Tolstoy
Time of the Toad-Dalton Trumbo

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