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Writer Kevin Brockmeier's 50 or So Favourite Books

This is a set of book suggestions by writer Kevin Brockmeier, best known for "The Brief History of the Dead". To quote the source article: "Like most writers on the road with a book, he's constantly asked for recommendations. Unlike most other writers on the road with a book, he likes to make lists." His Top 10 are 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 27, 28, 40, 42 & 44.
To quote Brockmeier himself:
"Several rules:
(1) I have listed these books in alphabetical order by the author's last name...
(2) I have chosen no more than one book per author, except in those cases where a pair of books or a trilogy seemed to call for a single shared listing.
(3) I have tried to be honest, which is why there are so few classics on this list and so many children's books, semi-obscure fantasists, and slim, sad coming of age stories".
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1
A Death in the Family (James Agee)
A Death in the Family (James Agee)
2
The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard (J. G. Ballard)
The Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard (J. G. Ballard)
3
A Fine and Private Place (Peter S. Beagle)
A Fine and Private Place (Peter S. Beagle)
4
Once in Europa (John Berger)
Once in Europa (John Berger)
5
Collected Fictions (Jorge Luis Borges)
Collected Fictions (Jorge Luis Borges)
6
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
7
Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler)
Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler)
8
Parable of the Talents (Octavia E. Butler)
Parable of the Talents (Octavia E. Butler)
9
The Baron in the Trees
The Baron in the Trees
10
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Lewis Carroll)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (Lewis Carroll)
11
Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)
Orthodoxy (G.K. Chesterton)
12
Novelties and Souvenirs (John Crowley)
Novelties and Souvenirs (John Crowley)
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13
Matilda (Roald Dahl)
Matilda (Roald Dahl)
14
Latin American Trilogy (Louis De Bernières)
Latin American Trilogy (Louis De Bernières)
15
Tales of Neveryon (Samuel R. Delany)
Tales of Neveryon (Samuel R. Delany)
16
The Unexpected Universe (Loren Eiseley)
The Unexpected Universe (Loren Eiseley)
17
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
18
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Chris Fuhrman)
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (Chris Fuhrman)
19
Paris Stories (Mavis Gallant)
Paris Stories (Mavis Gallant)
20
The End of the Affair (Graham Greene)
The End of the Affair (Graham Greene)
21
The Last Temptation of Christ (Nikos Kazantzakis)
The Last Temptation of Christ (Nikos Kazantzakis)
22
Collected Stories (Richard Kennedy)
Collected Stories (Richard Kennedy)
23
Otherwise: New and Selected Poems (Jane Kenyon)
Otherwise: New and Selected Poems (Jane Kenyon)
24
Elegy (Larry Levis)
Elegy (Larry Levis)
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25
Magic for Beginners (Kelly Link)
Magic for Beginners (Kelly Link)
26
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
27
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
28
All the Days and Nights (William Maxwell)
All the Days and Nights (William Maxwell)
29
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright (Steven Millhauser)
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer 1943-1954 by Jeffrey Cartwright (Steven Millhauser)
30
Essays of Michel De Montagne
Essays of Michel De Montagne
31
Complete Works and Other Stories (Augusto Monterroso)
Complete Works and Other Stories (Augusto Monterroso)
32
A Wild Sheep Chase (Haruki Murakami)
A Wild Sheep Chase (Haruki Murakami)
33
Dance Dance Dance (Haruki Murakami)
Dance Dance Dance (Haruki Murakami)
34
The Sharpshooter Blues (Lewis Nordan)
The Sharpshooter Blues (Lewis Nordan)
35
The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
36
Esther Stories (Peter Orner)
Esther Stories (Peter Orner)
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37
A Collection of Essays (George Orwell)
A Collection of Essays (George Orwell)
38
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
39
Bel Canto (Ann Pratchett)
Bel Canto (Ann Pratchett)
40
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars (Daniel Pinkwater)
Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy From Mars (Daniel Pinkwater)
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