Salon Reading Lists 41-50

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.

41: Witches Brew
Babayaga (Toby Barlow)
The Crucible (Arthur Miller)
The Daylight Gate (Jeanette Winterson)
A Discovery of Witches (Deborah Harkness)
The Hangman’s Daughter (Oliver Pötzsch)
Hollow Pike (James Dawson)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis)
Lolly Willowes (Sylvia Townsend Warner)
Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman)
Wicked (Gregory Maguire)
The Witches of Eastwick (John Updike)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

42: Immigrants and Emigrants
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Angela’s Ashes* (Frank McCourt)
Breath, Eyes, Memory* (Edwidge Danticat)
Brooklyn (Colm Tóibín)
Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese)
Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
The Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri)
White Teeth (Zadie Smith)

43: The Art of the Possible
1876 (Gore Vidal)
Advise and Consent (Allen Drury)
All the King’s Men (Robert Penn Warren)
The Bostonians (Henry James)
Echo House (Ward Just)
His Excellency Eugène Rougon (Emile Zola)
I, Claudius (Robert Graves)
It Can’t Happen Here (Sinclair Lewis)
Lincoln: A Novel (Gore Vidal)
The Manchurian Candidate (Richard Condon)
Phineas Finn (Anthony Trollope)
The Prime Minister (Anthony Trollope)

44: Just the Perfect Blendship
Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (Rebecca Wells)
The Group (Mary McCarthy)
Innocents and Others (Dana Spiotta)
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
My Brilliant Friend (Elena Ferrante)
The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)

45: California Dreaming
Big Sur (Jack Kerouac)
The Black Dahlia (James Ellroy)
Daughter of Fortune (Isabel Allende)
The Day of the Locust (Nathanael West)
East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
L.A. Confidential (James Ellroy)
The Octopus: A Story of California (Frank Norris)
Oil! (Upton Sinclair)
Play It As It Lays (Joan Didion)
Ramona (Helen Hunt Jackson)
Two Years Before the Mast (Richard Henry Dana, Jr.)