Roxanne's Very Opinionated Reading List

Putting this list together reminded me why I came to open R.J. Julia Booksellers- because there were so many books I wanted to recommend. If you were to ask me tomorrow, the list would probably be different. Italo Calvino in Why Read the Classics?, says, “The Classics are books which exercise a particular influence, both when they imprint themselves on our imagination as unforgettable, and when they hide in the layers of memory disguised as the individual’s or the collective unconsciousness.” These words have guided my choices.


FICTION

Julia Alvarez
 
 
Saul Bellow 
Rosellen Brown 
Albert Camus
Wilkie Collins
Roberston Davies
Ernest J. Gaines
Anthony Burgess 
Nadine Gordimer
Julie Hecht 
Ursula Hegi 
Milan Kundera
Jhumpa Lahiri
Penelope Lively 
Sandor Marai
Ian McEwan
Lorrie Moore
V.S. Naipaul
The Shawl Book Cover
Cynthia Ozick
José Saramago
Mary Shelley
William Styron
Lawrence Thornton
Leo Tolstoy 
Richard Yates
Émile Zola

 


WOMEN'S LIVES

John Bayley
Blanche Wiesen Cook
Kim Chernin
In My
Mother’s House
Elzbieta Ettinger
Rosa Luxemburg
Doris Grumbach
Margaret Mead
Honor Moore
Phyllis Rose 
Henri Troyat
Sojourner Truth
Eudora Welty
Lynne Withey

 


MORE LIVES

Henry Adams
Karen Armstrong
Sarah Bradford
William Manchester
Edmund Morris
Christopher Nolan
Tobias Wolff 

 


BOOKS ABOUT ISSUES

Martha Tod Dudman 
Kay Redfield Jamison 
Bernard Lefkowitz 
 
 
J. Anthony Lukas 
Adrian Nicole
Luis J. Rodriguez
Mark Salzman

 


BOOKS I READ AND REREAD AND KEEP ALWAYS NEAR AT HAND

Viktor E. Frankl 
Marcus Aurelius 
Elizabeth Hauge Sword 
Rosamund Stone Zander
and Benjamin Zander