Salon Reading Lists 21-30

Below are the topics for the most recent meetings of my local book salon. Each topic here includes a dozen representative books from the original lists of suggested books that were created to give people ideas about the possibilities for a given topic; however, participants are free to choose whatever book they believe fits the theme.

21: The Streets of San Francisco
The Confessions of Max Tivoli (Andrew Sean Greer)
Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
The Golden Gate (Vikram Seth)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
Homeboy (Seth Morgan)
House of Sand and Fog (Andre Dubus III)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
Martin Eden (Jack London)
McTeague (Frank Norris)
Tales of the City (Armistead Maupin)
A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan)

22: London Calling
Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
Brick Lane (Monica Ali)
84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
A Far Cry from Kensington (Muriel Spark)
High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
London Fields (Martin Amis)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
One Day (David Nicholls)
Rivers of London (aka Midnight Riot) (Ben Aaronovitch)
Saturday (Ian McEwan)
Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters)
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)

23: Trips Down Memory Lane
Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey)
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight (Alexandra Fuller)
84, Charing Cross Road (Helene Hanff)
The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
My Life in France (Julia Child)
Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
The Road from Coorain (Jill Ker Conway)
Running With Scissors (Augusten Burroughs)
The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)

24: Upstairs/Downstairs
Brideshead Revisited (Evelyn Waugh)
The Buccaneers (Edith Wharton)
The Edwardians (Vita Sackville-West)
The Forsyte Saga (John Galsworthy)
The House at Riverton (Kate Morton)
The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)
No Name (Wilkie Collins)
Mary Reilly (Valerie Martin)
My Man Jeeves (P. G. Wodehouse)
The Observations (Jane Harris)
The Pursuit of Love (Nancy Mitford)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)

25: Hard-Knock Lives
The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
Fingersmith (Sarah Waters)
Florence and Giles (John Harding)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Kidnapped (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
Of Human Bondage (W. Somerset Maugham)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
The Orphan Master’s Son (Adam Johnson)
Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro)

26: The Marriage Plots
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Breathing Lessons (Anne Tyler)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Happenstance (Carol Shields)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (Evan S. Connell)
Mr. Peanut (Adam Ross)
The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)

27: Song of the South
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
Bastard Out of Carolina (Dorothy Allison)
Confederates in the Attic (Tony Horwitz)
Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories (Flannery O’Connor)
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
Look Homeward, Angel (Thomas Wolfe)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (John Berendt)
The Prince of Tides (Pat Conroy)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

28: Turning Japanese
Battle Royale (Koushun Takami)
The Book of Tea (Kakuzō Okakura)
I Am a Cat (Natsume Sōseki)
The Makioka Sisters (Junichiro Tanizaki)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
The Samurai’s Garden (Gail Tsukiyama)
Shogun (James Clavell)
Silence (Shusaku Endo)
Spring Snow (Sea of Fertility #1) (Yukio Mishima)
Stupeur et tremblements (Amélie Nothomb)
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (David Mitchell)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)

29: Le Jazz Hot: Flappers, Feminists, Fitzgerald
Auntie Mame (Patrick Dennis)
The Beautiful and the Damned (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties* (Marion Meade)
The Chaperone (Laura Moriarty)
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern*
(Joshua Zeitz)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Anita Loos)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Jazz Age Stories (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Manhattan Transfer (John Dos Passos)
The Portable Dorothy Parker (Dorothy Parker)
Rules of Civility (Amor Towles)
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (Therese Anne Fowler)

30: Fractured Fairytales
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Angela Carter)
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) (Marissa Meyer)
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Gregory Maguire)
Deathless (Catherynne M. Valente)
The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye (A.S. Byatt)
Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins (Emma Donoghue)
The Robber Bride (Margaret Atwood)
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
Transformations (Anne Sexton)
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales* (Bruno Bettelheim)

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