Books Cal Wants to Read: Fiction

Updated June 11, 2018

  • A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipal**
  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  • A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
  • A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor**
  • Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner*
  • Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll*
  • All The Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr
  • Among the Ten Thousand Things by Julia Pierpont
  • An Innocent Millionaire by Stephen Vizinczey
  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd
  • Applesby’s End by Michael Innes*
  • At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neil                                            [Emory 4th floor: PR 6065.Nr194 A92 2002
  • Because I Was Flesh by Edward Dahlberg*
  • Being Dead by Jim Crace
  • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell                                         [Emory 4th floor: PR 6063 I74 B58 2006]
  • Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
  • Body and Raiment by Eunice Tietjens [Emory doesn’t own]
  • Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe*
  • Bouvard and Puchet by Gustave Flaubert
  • Chamber Music by Doris Grumback
  • Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett
  • Commonwealth (2016) by Ann Patchett
  • Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • Darconville’s Cat by Alexander Theroux*
  • Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane*
  • Family and Friends by Anita Brookner**
  • Fifth Business by Robertson Davies*
  • Fishcakes and Courtesans by James Davidson*
  • Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes**
  • Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  • Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer
  • Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes*
  • Housekeeping (2004) by Marilynne Robinson
  • Immortality by Milan Kundera
  • In Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
  • In Praise of Older Women by Stephen Vizinczey
  • Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
  • Lament for a Maker by Michael Innes*
  • Light Years by James Salter*
  • Living Alone by Stella Benson
  • Little, Big by John Crowley (“the finest American fantasy novel of our time”)*
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You I’m Sorry by Frederick Bachman
  • My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  • Outline by Rachel Cusk
  • Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
  • Perfect by Rachel Joyce   [Emory 4th floor: PR6110 .098 P47 2013]
  • Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Remembrance of Things Past [Terence Kilmartin translation] by Marcel Proust
  • Rats Saw God by Rib Thomas
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marish Pessl
  • Tales of Wonder by H.G. Wells
  • The Book of Wonder by Lord Dunsany (1878-1957)*
  • The Book Thief [recommended by Harvey Schwartz]     [Emory 4th floor:  PZ 7 .Z837 B66 2006
  • The Chateau by William Maxwell
  • The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn
  • The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy
  • The Dying Earth by Jack Vance*
  • The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen**
  • The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll*
  • The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen**
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton*
  • The Married Man by Edmund White*
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy**
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  • The Morville Hours by Kate Morton
  • The Most of S.J. Perelman*
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing
  • The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford**
  • The Rector’s Daughter by F.M. Mayor**
  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
  • The Smaller Sky by John Wain
  • The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Three-Cornered World by Natsumi Soseki
  • The Time That It Takes Falling Bodies to Land
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope**
  • The Weekend Wodehouse*
  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll*
  • Tying Rocks to Clouds by William Elliott [Emory doesn’t own]
  • Utz by Bruce Chatwin
  • Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
  • We the Animals by Justin Torres
  • What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies*

*Recommended by Michael Dirda in Book by Book: Notes on the Reading Life (2006). Dirda’s favorite authors: Nabokov, M.F.K. Fisher, Jorge Luis Borges, Anton Chekov, Stendhal, Robertson Davies, Steven Mullhauser, Isaiah Berlin.

**Recommended or cited by Howard’s End is On the Landing.

Nonfiction Books Cal Wants to Read


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