Salon Reading Lists 31-40

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.

31: Classic Horror
The Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre (H.P. Lovecraft)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving)
The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury)
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins)
Uncle Silas (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)

32: American History X Libris
And the Ladies of the Club (Helen Hooven Santmyer)
Chains (Seeds of America #1) (Laurie Halse Anderson)
Chesapeake (James Michener)
The Jungle (Upton Sinclair)
The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
Kindred (Octavia Butler)
The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
Lincoln (Gore Vidal)
Ragtime (E.L. Doctorow)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
Underworld (Don DeLillo)
The Winds of War (Herman Wouk)

33: No Man Is an Island
And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells)
The Light Between Oceans (M. L. Steadman)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
Mister Pip (Lloyd Jones)
The Mysterious Island (Jules Verne)
Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
San Miguel (T.C. Boyle)
Surfacing (Margaret Atwood)
Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson)
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys)

34: From Russia with Love
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Child 44 (Tom Rob Smith)
City of Thieves (David Benioff)
Deathless (Catherynne M. Valente)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Fathers and Sons (Ivan Turgenev)
Gorky Park (Martin Cruz Smith)
The Industry of Souls (Martin Booth)
Michael Strogoff (Jules Verne)
The Siege (Helen Dunmore)
Snowdrops (A.D. Miller)
Le Testament français (Dreams of My Russian Summers) (Andreï Makine)

35: (Auto)biography
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Benjamin Franklin)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley (Malcolm X)
Catherine the Great (Robert K. Massie)
Chronicles: Volume One (Bob Dylan)
The Education of Henry Adams (Henry Adams)
Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire (Amanda Foreman)
John Adams (David McCullough)
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)
Personal History (Katharine Graham)
The Story of My Life (Helen Keller)
Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)
Washington: A Life (Ron Chernow)

36: Classic Literary Fan Fiction
Dodger (Terry Pratchett) [Oliver Twist]
Mary Reilly (Valerie Martin) [Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]
Foe (J.M. Coetzee) [Robinson Crusoe]
Gertrude and Claudius (John Updike) [Hamlet]
Longbourn (Jo Baker) [Pride and Prejudice]
March (Geraldine Brooks) [Little Women]
Monsignor Quixote (Graham Greene) [Don Quixote]
The Penelopiad (Margaret Atwood) [The Odyssey]
The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller) [The Iliad]
Ulysses (James Joyce) [The Odyssey]
Wicked (Gregory Maguire) [The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys) [Jane Eyre]

37: Ghosts & Ghouls
Carmilla (Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Ghost Story (Peter Straub)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)
The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving)
The Little Stranger (Sarah Waters)
The Passage (Justin Cronin)
The Return (Walter De la Mare)
Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
The Woman in Black (Susan Hill)

38: A Hazy Shade of Winter
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
The Long Winter (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The Shining (Stephen King)
Smilla’s Sense of Snow (Peter Hoeg)
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen)
Snowdrops (A.D. Miller)
The Tenderness of Wolves (Stef Penney)
Winter’s Bone (Daniel Woodrell)
Winter’s Tale (Mark Helprin)

39: Trainspotting
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
La Bête humaine (The Beast Within) (Émile Zola)
4:50 from Paddington, or What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw) (Agatha Christie)
Mr. Norris Changes Trains (Christopher Isherwood)
Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
The Octopus: A Story of California (Frank Norris)
The Old Patagonian Express* (Paul Theroux)
Railsea (China Miéville)
Stamboul Train, or Orient Express (Graham Greene)
Strangers on a Train (Patricia Highsmith)
Le Tour du monde en 80 jours (Around the World in 80 Days) (Jules Verne)
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)

40: 1 Picture = 1000 Words
An Artist of the Floating World (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (Irving Stone)
Cat’s Eye (Margaret Atwood)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)
The Goldfinch (Danna Tartt)
The Horse’s Mouth (Joyce Cary)
The Moon and Sixpence (W. Somerset Maugham)
My Name is Asher Lev (Chaim Potok)
My Name is Red (Orhan Pamuk)
L’Œuvre (The Masterpiece) (Émile Zola)
Scumbler (William Wharton)
What I Loved (Siri Hustvedt)

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