Sunday, March 27, 2011

Book List

I have been keeping lists of books to read and to buy in so many different places, that I figured I ought to consolidate all such lists here. As you can see, I keep finding interesting books faster than I can read. If you have any recommendations that I should add to my list, please post them in the comments section below!

Books to Buy
  1. ANYTHING ever written by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  2. ANYTHING ever written by Richard Wright
  3. The Little Prince in every language that I can read (so I just need it in Farsi now)
  4. Shahnameh by Ferdosi (in English, Farsi, and Comic Book)
  5. Orientalism by Edward Said
  6. Imperial Eyes: Studies in Travel Writing and Transculturation by Mary Louise Pratt
  7. Power Plays Power Works by John Fiske
  8. Out of Place: a Memoir by Edward Said
  9. Power, Politics, and Culture by Edward Said
  10. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism by Benedict Anderson
  11. Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things by Marcel Danesi
  12. Modern Iranian Political Thought by Nikki Keddi
  13. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  14. Iran's Intellectual Revolution by Mehran Kamrava

Books to Read
  1. The Sonderberg Case by Elie Wiesel
  2. The False Friend by Myla Goldberg
  3. The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian
  4. The Califs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniar
  5. Saving Max by Antionette van Heugten
  6. Luka and the Fire of Life ­by Salman Rushdie
  7. The Hawk and the Dove by Nicholas Thompson
  8. Offside by Manuel Vazquez Montalban
  9. In the Land of Ayatollahs, Tupac Shakur is King by Shahzad Aziz
  10. Knock ‘em Stiff by Donald Ray Pollock
  11. Crooked Little View by Warren Ellis
  12. Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
  13. Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward
  14. The Wackness by Dale C. Phillips
  15. Lowboy by John Wray
  16. Lottery by Patricia Wood
  17. The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
  18. The Dictator's Seduction: Politics and Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo by Lauren Derby
  19. The Caliphs of Baghdad, Georgia – Mary Helen Stefaniak
  20. Vonnegut Novels and Short Stories 1953-1971 – Kurt Vonnegut
  21. Destiny Disrupted – Tamim Ansary
  22. Decent into Chaos – Ahmen Rashid
  23. I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced – Nujood Ali
  24. Her Fearful Symmetry – Audrey Niffenegger
  25. What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures – Malcolm Gladwell
  26. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People – Farahad Zama
  27. Conversation in the Cathedral – Mario Vargas Llosa
  28. Drown – Junot Diaz
  29. Manhunt the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer – James L. Swanson
  30. Trickster: Native American Tales, a Graphic Collection
  31. A Woman Among Warlords – Malalai Joya
  32. A People’s History of American Empire – Howard Zinn
  33. Footnotes in Gaza – Joe Sacco
  34. Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports – Dave Zirin
  35. Rap The Anthology – edited by Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois
  36. Hip Hop Underground – Anthony Harrison
  37. How the Irish Saved Civilization – Thomas Cahill
  38. Soccernomics – Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
  39. The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  40. 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and Other Useful Guides)
  41. The Song of Kahunsha – Anosh Irani
  42. Cinemas of the Other: a personal journey with film-makers from the Middle East and Central Asia – Gonul Donmez-Colin
  43. The Mitsitam Café Cookbook – Richard Hetzler
  44. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana – Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  45. The Line – Olga Grushin
  46. The Angel’s Game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  47. Unaccustomed Earth – Jhumpa Lahiri
  48. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  49. Netherland – Joseph O’Neill
  50. Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde
  51. The Drinker – Hans Fallada
  52. Little Man, What Now? – Hans Fallada
  53. Every Man Dies Alone – Hans Fallada
  54. Wolf Among Wolves – Hans Fallada
  55. Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, & Lebanon – Claudia Roden
  56. Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen – Jose Andres with Richard Wolffe
  57. A Quiet Revolution: the Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America – Leila Ahmed
  58. What is the What – Dave Eggers
  59. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin
  60. The Elephant’s Journey – Jose Saramago
  61. Shah of Shahs - Ryszard Kapuscinski
  62. A Single Roll of the Dice - Trita Parsi
  63. Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia - Robert Lacey
  64. Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future - Stephen Kinzer
  65. Open City - Teju Cole
  66. The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics - Bruce Bueno de Mesquita


A. Romano said...

The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Maus I - Art Spiegelman
Maus II - Art Spiegelman
And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
The Four Quartet's - T.S. Elliot
The Ugly American - Eugene Burdick

more to come... I'm having a hard time thinking of them at the moment...

J-Mad said...

TS Elliot - I like him because his "J Alfred Prufrock" character is like Kurt Vonnegut's "Kilgore Trout" character. And if it is anything like Kurt Vonnegut, then it is good by default. :)

A. Romano said...

Hahaha :)

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austin
The Kingdom of Auschwitz - Otto Freidrich
Pope Joan - Donna Woolfolk Cross
Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Shadow of the Hegemon - Orson Scott Card
The Giver - Lois Lowry

again... more to come :)

J-Mad said...

for some reason, "Ender's Game" made me think of the "Eragon" books. And when the "Eragon" books were popular, I was reading the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer.

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