Tory's Reading List

A Listmania! list by Tory (Tucson, AZ)
The list author says: "I was approached to offer a few reading suggestions a long while back. I'm only too happy to oblige. Here is a running list of suggested titles updated as I have additions.

NOTE: The list will be updated with newest additions appearing at the bottom."
Outliers: The Story of Success
1.  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The list author says:
  "Malcom Gladwell's tale of success, and why it can prove so elusive.  Gladwell explores the qualities it takes for individuals to traverse the plain from good to great, and explores the human potential lurking inside each of us."
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
2.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The list author says:
  "Sherman Alexie is, perhaps, the greatest Native American author alive today. Alexie's tale is inspired by real life experiences growing up on the reservation, and explores what it means to grow up as a Native American in a white-majority culture. It is easily among the wittiest books on the market, and equal parts hilarious/melancholic."
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We the Living
3.  We the Living by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "Ayn Rand's tragic tale about the Russian Revolution, and the soul-sucking qualities of leftist, collectivism. Its relevance for the age of Obama are startling. Unlike her flagship works, Rand's volume depicts an intimate vision of love, loss, and the danger of forsaking one's freedom for the 'greater good.'  Give me liberty, or give me death."
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This Is How It Starts: A Novel
4.  This Is How It Starts: A Novel by Grant Ginder
The list author says:
  "This novel is absolutely abominable - but as an outsider to the Beltway it seems written with a certain familiarity that belies its fictional categorization.  Certainly, an entertaining read for one's weekend at the beach.  Perhaps it also offers a unique insight into DC's social scene."
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Boomsday
5.  Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
The list author says:
  "I became rather sucked into the Christopher Buckley vortex by reading his weekly columns on 'The Daily Beast.'  Naturally, Buckley's spin on a modest proposal was too enticing to forgo. The plot is weak, but the characteristic Buckley wit coupled with caricature and sarcasm aimed squarely at Washington more than compensate for any lack."
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The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
6.  The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson
The list author says:
  "Bill Bryson is not one of my favorite authors.  His comments about America range from snarky to condescending.  But even a callous reader (such as myself) will have a hard time resisting the urge to laugh in parts."
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Orthodoxy
7.  Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
The list author says:
  "G.K. Chesterton's seminal work on the Christian faith, and its relevance to a changing world."
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How Football Explains America
8.  How Football Explains America by Sal Paolantonio
The list author says:
  "Sal Paolantonio's tribute to America's greatest pastime.  Sal explains why football is so popular in America and why only in America could it be so."
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Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul
9.  Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul by John Eldredge
The list author says:
  "John Eldredge's wonderful hymn to Godly masculinity.  Eldredge challenges Christian men to leave religion behind, and along the way to discover the adventure, fight the battle, and pursue the beauty in life."
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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
10.  Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
The list author says:
  "Mark Kurlansky's ode to a remarkably, important fish, and its impact on world history.  Perhaps I need to make a trip back to my ponds."
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War and Peace
11.  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The list author says:
  "A couple of winters ago, I attempted to take a trek with Tolstoy, departing Bald Hills in the dead of winter for points unknown.  Like Napoleon, I too was defeated by Mother Russia, and the good Count's epic work.  Now that the Pevear & Volokhonsky translation has come out, I am resurrecting the journey once more."
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Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English
12.  Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English by Patricia T. O'Conner
The list author says:
  "If the book's title makes you cringe, then it is probably one you should read. Ms. O'Conner's slim missive actually makes grammar fun for grammarphobe and grammarphile alike."
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A Confederacy Of Dunces
13.  A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The list author says:
  "John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer-winning, and only novel.  A wickedly funny read of mayhem and coarseness.  The reviews say you will laugh out loud.  The strange looks I received from the denizens of Bruegger's Bagels prove this correct."
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A movable feast
14.  A movable feast by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "Hemingway's memoirs from post-WWI Paris.  It easily contains some of the best descriptive writing that I have ever read.  Hem's thoughts on the French countryside, Parisian cafes and his contemporaries is a luxury not to be missed."
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Gilead: A Novel
15.  Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
The list author says:
  "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Marilynne Robinson's novel captures the voice of faith and mortality with a peculiar beauty not commonly seen in today's writing.  A must read for anyone who appreciates depth and spirit in writing."
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The Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics)
16.  The Old Man And The Sea (Scribner Classics) by Ernest Hemingway
The list author says:
  "I was encouraged to pick up Hemmingway's slim volume over the weekend and chided that every 'literary' person should read him.  Having embraced the stark minimalism of his writing, I could not agree more."
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No Man Is an Island (Shambhala Library)
17.  No Man Is an Island (Shambhala Library) by Thomas Merton
The list author says:
  "Merton's slim volume explores some of the basic ideas of God, community and individual first introduced in earlier in writings.  It discusses these intersections with an eye toward reflection and succeeds beautifully in challenging old assumptions.  A good read for anyone who seriously enjoys reflecting upon the Spirit and its relation to the world in which we live."
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Apathy and Other Small Victories
18.  Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan
The list author says:
  "Like the Average American Male, Apathy is another abominable tale.  It's also a must read- and if you pick it up you probably will be unable to put it down.  Neilan's wit is searing and his humor crude.  But if you can get past that, the ideas are akin to Camus.  You just have to dig deep to make the connection.  Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
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Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
19.  Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Rose Friedman
The list author says:
  "Milton Friedman has long been considered the intellectual firepower behind today's leading free market economists.  Given the long break and spirit of commerce now associated with Christmas, it seemed an appropriate read."
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The Pillars of the Earth
20.  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "I am proud to say, I picked this up before Oprah followed my friends' lead.  Follett's epic novel recounts the construction of a cathedral in a small village and explores the intersections of the community's denizens.  Follett has a unique way of slowly drawing in readers, juxtaposing power with humility and hate with love.  It makes one want to pick up the sequel."
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Lolita
21.  Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "Nabokov's perverse tale of forbidden love. It's subject matter notwithstanding, Nabokov's writing has a way of taking you into the mind of the love obsessed.  His hero villain will have you perversely rooting for evil in the final scene.  Said to be a love story with the power to raise eyebrows, it has also been called mandatory reading for any literate person living in our day and age."
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The Average American Male: A Novel
22.  The Average American Male: A Novel by Chad Kultgen
The list author says:
  "A purely abominable novel.  But one I nonetheless could not put down.  It is sure to offend most sensibilities so consider this fair warning.  In its defense, Kultgen offers a compelling assessment of modern relationships and makes one wonder how we've come so far afield."
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
23.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J. K. Rowling
The list author says:
  "True to form I can't turn down a cultural phenomenon and J.K. Rowling's latest and final installment of the Harry Potter series has been anticipated by readers around the world.  For the skeptics, HP7 melds classic elements of the hero narrative with accessible prose which can challenge both intellectual and child alike.  Do not read until books 1-6 have been read first!"
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This Side of Paradise (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
24.  This Side of Paradise (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The list author says:
  "Fitzgerald's first work.  Written by Fitzgerald at age 23, the novel explores the tumult of youth and the mini-life crisis experienced by most twenty-somethings in a nearly autobiographical way.  Heralded as one of the most underrated books of the 1920s the story begins and ends with typical flapper style and elegance."
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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
25.  Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan
The list author says:
  "A story about a man, his dog and how quickly life can change."
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Churchill: A Biography
26.  Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
The list author says:
  "I picked up Jenkins' tome during a brief visit to the UK.  Then billed as the definitive biography of the famous British PM, it now seems like a good read in light of Prime Minister Blair's resignation at the end of the month.  Written by Roy Jenkins, a former British politico, the writing gets a bit stodgy at times but is nonetheless readable and informative."
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The Corrections
27.  The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
The list author says:
  "Franzen's novel is a bit off-color for those with a more sedate reading palate.  But his character development and intelligent descriptions make the book worthwhile.  It takes a serious, hard look at the struggle families face in caring for seriously disabled loved ones."
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Atlas Shrugged
28.  Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "Rand's epic work challenges readers to find virtue in self-interest.  After all, who is John Galt?"
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Empire Falls
29.  Empire Falls by Richard Russo
The list author says:
  "Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.  Richard Russo's tale chronicles a man, his life and the delicate tension of choice and chance in effecting our lives.  The ending seems a bit forced, but the story itself makes up for the abrupt end by providing no shortage of irony.  The novel offers a good lesson against waiting on life."
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The Book of Fate
30.  The Book of Fate by Brad Meltzer
The list author says:
  "I was introduced to Meltzer shortly before graduation from college.  His novels lack depth but are high on entertainment value.  They are a great read for the beach or a morning commute."
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Don't Waste Your Life
31.  Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
The list author says:
  "Piper offers some excellent reflections for making this life count.  A great read for anyone facing some big, life decisions."
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Fools for Christ:
32.  Fools for Christ: by Jaroslav Pelikan
The list author says:
  "Pelikan is our generation's top scholar of Christian thought.  His essays explore the relationship between the holy, true, good and beautiful as commended in the lives of Kierkegaard, Paul, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Luther and Bach."
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The Fountainhead
33.  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The list author says:
  "The first of Rand's novels I came across.  An amazing story about the freedom of depending upon no one."
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The Idiot (Vintage Classics)
34.  The Idiot (Vintage Classics) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The list author says:
  "Dostoevsky's wrenching tale about a morally perfect man and his mark on the chaotic world swirling around him."
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
35.  Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The list author says:
  "A Buddhist take on accepting one's self-acceptance.  The message is in the title."
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The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
36.  The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown) by Dan Brown
The list author says:
  "The latest thriller from one of America's premier masters of the genre. Per usual, Dan Brown's latest is a page turner."
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In Praise of Idleness: And Other Essays (Routledge Classics)
37.  In Praise of Idleness: And Other Essays (Routledge Classics) by Bertrand Russell
The list author says:
  "Bertrand Russell's collection of essays on the need for repose and reflection amid the hectic demands of modern life. Russell's words have a profound salience while I reside in Washington, DC for the summer months."
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Our Man in Havana (Penguin Classics)
38.  Our Man in Havana (Penguin Classics) by Graham Greene
The list author says:
  "Graham Greene's spy-thriller spoof.  Recommended by a friend, the basic plot surrounds a Johnny-English-type spy who starts to get it right; much to his surprise."
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On Writing
39.  On Writing by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "I've long harbored vanities of writing a book.  I've even gone so far as to sketch out a few characters and rough outline. Of course, my name is far afield of the best-seller list. Here's hoping that Stephen King can provide some inspiration."
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In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way, Vol. 1
40.  In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way, Vol. 1 by Marcel Proust
The list author says:
  "A current read.  Proust has been called the greatest French author of the modern era.  His work "In Search of Lost Time" has been called the finest work ever written. This is volume one of six from the Modern library's publication.  So far, the Moncrieff/Kilmartin translation is absolutely stunning."
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