Friday, September 30, 2011

List #19 Cody Morrison/Sq. Books

Cody Morrison/Richard Howorth/Lyn Roberts: Square Books. Oxford, MS. 38655

Richard Howorth-Square Books owner
Lit by Mary Karr
One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty
Friend of My Youth by Alice Munro
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan
Rock Springs by Richard Ford
Father & Son by Larry Brown
All God's Dangers by Theodore Rosengarten
Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson
Age of Grief by Jane Smiley
Round Rock by Michelle Huneven
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The English Major by Jim Harrison
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man by Denis Johnson
Erasure by Percival Everett
Freedom by Jonathan Fanzen
The Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend
Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
The Typist by Michael Knight
Selected Short Stories by William Faulkner
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
Long Last Happy by Barry Hannah
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski

Cody Morrison, buyer at Sq Bks:
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger
The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow
Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Rides of the Midway by Lee Durkee
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obrhet
Ninety-two in the Shade by Thomas McGuane
Last Days of the Dogmen by Brad Watson
Dino by Nick Tosches
Sent For You Yesterday by John Edgar Wideman
The Salt Line by Elizabeth Spencer
Joe by Larry Brown

Lyn Roberts, general mangager, Sq Bks
Poachers by Tom Franklin
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
Airships by Barry Hannah
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Border Songs by Jim Lynch
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
Waterland by Graham Swift
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

I'm trying not to editorialize about the lists themselves but I'm fairly certain this is the first one that contains a book that hasn't actually been published yet. People are all crazed for Jeffrey Eugenides' new novel and it shows here. Square Books is the kind of store that authors, booksellers and readers all collectively swoon over. They have a good thing going.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

List #18 Stefan Moorehead

Stefan Moorehead:Unabridged Bookstore. Chicago, IL. 60657
Last Werewolf--Glen Duncan
Visit from the Goon Squad--Jennifer Egan
Tiger's Wife--Tea Obreht
Splendid Conspiracy--Albert Cossery
Lord of Misrule--Jaimy Gordon
Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees--Lawrence Weschler
The Pale King--David Foster Wallace
Blood Horses--John Jeremiah Sullivan
Visitation--Jenny Erpenbeck
President is a Sick Man--Matthew Algeo
Conscience--Hector Malot
Forever War--Dexter Filkins
Embassytown--China Mieville
Local--Brian Wood
Sometimes a Great Notion--Ken Kesey
Sound and the Fury--William Faulkner
Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet--David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas--David Mitchell
Wind-up Bird Chronicle--Haruki Murakami
Confederacy of Dunces--John Kennedy Toole
The Ask--Sam Lipsyte
Absurdistan--Gary Shteyngart
Super Sad True Love Story--Gary Shteyngart
Lunatic at Large--J. Storer Clouston
You Shall Know our Velocity--Dave Eggers
On Writing--Stephen King
About a Mountain--John D'Agata
Blankets--Craig Thompson
Bottomless Bellybutton--Dash Shaw
The Scott Pilgrim series--Bryan Lee O'Malley
Savage Detectives--Roberto Bolano
The Hakawati--Rabih Alameddine
Lunar Park--Brett Easton Ellis
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao--Junot Diaz
Freedom--Jonathan Franzen
Tree of Smoke--Denis Johnson
American Salvage--Bonnie Jo Campbell
Brain Dead Megaphone--George Saunders
The Mystery Guest--Gregoire Bouillier
The Language Instinct--Steven Pinker
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City--Nick Flynn
Stanley--Syd Hoff
I Drink for a Reason--David Cross
People are Unappealing--Sara Barron
Neuromancer--William Gibson
2001--Arthur C. Clarke
Childhood's End--Arthur C. Clarke
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--Douglas Adams
Hold Everything Dear--John Berger
The Memory of Fire Trilogy--Eduardo Galeano

This is yet another case where one bookseller(Emily Pullen) pointed me to another. And how about Lawrence Weschler showing up on back-to-back lists? That, friends, is pure goodness.

Also, I'll do my best to get tomorrow's post up as usual but I'll be in the hinterlands of MN wilderness and it may not happen. Do not fear: we shall return.

Monday, September 26, 2011

List #17 Jay D. Peterson

Jay D. Peterson:Magers&Quinn Booksellers. Minneapolis, MN. 55408
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone--Deborah Madison
River Cottage Everyday--Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
At My French Table--Jane Webster
Best Recipes in the World--Mark Bittman
Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees--Lawrence Weschler
River Town--Peter Hessler
The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth--Bill Holm
Eccentric Islands--Bill Holm
The Whale--Philip Hoare
Canoeing with the Cree--Eric Sevareid
Wonder Bear--Tao Nyeu
Invention of Hugo Cabret--Brian Selznick
Book Thief--Markus Zuzak
Charley Harper's ABCs--Charley Harper
Charley Harper's 123s--Charley Harper
Charley Harper's Birds and Words--Charley Harper
Above the River : The Complete Poems of James Wright--James Wright
Four Quartets--T.S. Eliot
Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This?--Dorothy Parker
Collected Poems of George Seferis--George Seferis
Let the Great World Spin--Colum McCann
Out Stealing Horses--Per Petterson
Gilead--Marilynne Robinson
Home--Marilynne Robinson
Housekeeping--Marilynne Robinson
Visit from the Goon Squad--Jennifer Egan
Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol--Nikolai Gogol
Difficult Loves--Italo Calvino
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler--Italo Calvino
History of Love--Nicole Krauss
Stoner--John Williams
Paris Review Interviews Vols 1-4--Philip Gourevitch(ed.)
This Side of Paradise--F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dud Avocado--Elaine Dundy
What is the What--Dave Eggers
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay--Michael Chabon
WPA Guide to Minnesota--Complied by Federal Writer's Project
Death of the Dream : Farmhouses in the Heartland--William G. Gabler
Gourmet Rhapsody--Muriel Barbery
Heat--Bill Buford
A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again--David Foster Wallace
Atonement--Ian McEwan
Basil and Josephine Stories--F. Scott Fitzgerald
When Kafka was the Rage--Anatole Broyard
The Cook and the Gardener : A Year of Recipes and Writings from the French Countryside--Amanda Hesser
Parisians--Graham Robb
Eucalyptus--Murray Bail
Fargo Rock City--Chuck Klosterman
Anything by John Banville
Slouching Toward Bethlehem--Joan Didion
Gerhard Richter's Overpainted Photographs--Gerhard Richter

The store Jay is at is nothing short of an emporium. It's hard to know where to start or end because so much good stuff fills the place.

Jay is one member of a staff that is friendly and helpful and will watch your 4 year-old terrorize the joint(thanks Aaron) as mine did during a wonderful event with John Vaillant.

Friday, September 23, 2011

List #16 Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram: Prairie Lights. Iowa City, IA. 52240

Gunther Grass, The Tin Drum
Robertson Davies, The Deptford Trilogy
Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker
G. B. Edwards, Book of Ebeneezer LePage
William Maxwell, Time Will Darken it.
William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow
Willa Cather, My Antonia
Julie Hecht, Do the Windows Open.
Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra
Rilla Askew, The Mercy Seat
Sebastian Barry, Long Long Way
Willaim Trevor, The Story of Lucy Gault
Charles Portis, Masters of Atlantis
Charles Portis, True Grit
Eudora Welty, Collected Stories
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Walker Percy, The Moviegoer
Vilhjalmer Moberg, The Emigrants
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Jim Crace, A Gift of Stones
Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
Marilynne Robinson, Home
Joseph Skibell, Blessing on the Moon
Ed Carey, Observatory Mansions
Jane Hamilton, When Madeline Was Young
Herman Mellville, Moby Dick
Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers
James Agee, A Death in the Family
George V. Higgins The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Kent Haruf, The Tie That Binds
William Faulkner, The Unvanquished
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra
Annie Dillard The Living
Barbara Gowdy, White Bone
Wayne Johnston, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams
Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm
George Orwell, 1984
Redmond O'Hanlon, Into the Heart of Borneo
Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist
Rose Tremain, Music and Silence
Michele de Kretzer, The Hamilton Case
John Steffler, The Afterlife of George Cartwright
Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
Jane Gardam, Old Filth
Richard B. Wright, Clara Callan
Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Canary
Aryeh Lev Stollman, The Far Euphrates
Colm Toibin, The Blackwater Lightship

Paul is a book-guzzling tornado of a hand-selling book man. Check out the brief youtube videos of his live shelftalkers. You can access those and lot more of Paul's picks via the website

He pointed me towards Castle Freeman Jr. whose little novels are Maine gothic goodness.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

List #15 Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell: The Regulator Bookshop. Durham, NC. 27705

--Dispatches by Michael Herr
--Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger
--A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube by Patrick Leigh Fermor
--Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell
--The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It by Lawrence S. Ritter
--Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game by Dan Barry
--The Heart of Understanding by Thich Nhat Hanh
--Last Train to Memphis; The Rise of Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick
--Trawler: A Journey Through the North Atlantic by Redmond O’Hanlon
--Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
--Up in the Old Hotel by Joseph Mitchell
--Oak: The Frame of Civilization by William Bryant Logan
--At Day's Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch
--Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet by Oliver Morton
--On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
--Ethel and Ernest: A True Story by Raymond Briggs
--Not Your Usual Founding Father: Selected Readings from Benjamin Franklin
--Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour by Lynne Olson
--The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

--Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
--The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
--A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
--Little, Big by John Crowley
--Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
--Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian
--Island: The Complete Stories by Alistair MacLeod
--If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
--Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
--The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett
--The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
--Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
--Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
--Possession by A.S. Byatt
--The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
--The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
--Any Human Heart by William Boyd
--Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
--A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
--Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
--Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
--The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
--War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
--The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
--The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall
--Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
--Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
--Last Orders by Graham Swift
--The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
--Charming Billy by Alice McDermott
--The Death of the Fox by George Garrett

When book blogs were just little puppies The Regulator was the very first one I had bookmarked. It continues to be a thoughtful, informative and provocative read.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

List #14 Paul Yamazaki

Paul Yamazaki: City Lights Books. San Francisco, CA. 94133

100 YEARS OF SOLITUDE-gabriel garcia-marquez
ARCADES PROJECT-walter benjamin
ARK OF BONES-henry dumas
BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM-james mcpherson
BELOW THE LINE- sara chin
BETWEEN COVERS-john tebbel
BLACK MUSIC-leroi jones (amiri)
BLUES PEOPLE-leroi jones (amiri)
BROTHERS KARAMAZOV-fydor dostoevsky
CITY OF QUARTZ-mike davis
CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND-lawrence ferlinghetti
DOGEATERS-jessica hagedorn
FACING WEST: metaphysics of indian hating-richard drinnon
FLASH OF THE SPIRIT-robert farris thompson
From A Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate-nathaniel mackey
GIANT TALK-quincy troupe
GOD'S BIT OF WOOD-ousame sembene
GOD'S CHINESE SON: taiping heavenly kingdom-jonathan d spence
HOWL-allen ginsberg
I HOTEL-karen tei yamashita
KNOWN WORLD-edward p jones
LES MISERABLES-victor hugo
MALCOLM X-manning marable
MANY HEADED HYDRA-marcus-peter rediker-linebaugh
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN-salman rushdie
MOBY DICK-herman melville
MUMBO JUMBO-ishmael reed
NO NO BOY-john okada
ORIENTALISM-edward said
RECYCLOPEDIA-harryette mullen
RIVER OF SHADOWS-rebecca solnit
SALT EATERS-toni cade bambara
THE LONG GOODBYE-raymond chandler
THELONIUS MONK-robin kelly
ULYSSES-james joyce
UNDERWORLD-don delillo
WAR & PEACE-leo tolstoy
WIND IN THE WILLOWS-kenneth grahame

Is there a more true mecca of American books than this one? I was lucky enough to once have Mr. Ferlinghetti at the register while I shopped there. Paul Yamazaki has been the chief buyer since 1984 and has worked at City Lights for a decade longer. This might embarrass him, but it's true to note that his name is often spoken in a whisper as a sign of respect by other booksellers.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

List #13 Stacie M. Williams

Stacie M. Williams: Boswell Book Company. Milwaukee, WI. 53211

Cat's Eye-Margaret Atwood
I Hate to See That Evening Sun go Down-William Gay
Arturo's Island-Elsa Morante
Nine Parts of Desire-Geraldine Brooks
The Best Day The Worst Day-Donald Hall
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-Douglas Adams
Watership Down- Richard Adams
Willful Creatures- Aimee Bender
Things That Fall From the Sky- Kevin Brockmeier
Selected Poems: 1945-2005-Robert Creeley
The Art of Living-Epictetus
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness-William Styron
Ghosts of Wyoming-Alyson Hagy
Out Stealing Horses-Per Petterson
The Tsar's Dwarf-Peter Fogtdal
Outer Dark-Cormac McCarthy
Smonk-Tom Franklin
Tales of a Female Nomad- Rita Golden Gelman
Deer Hunting with Jesus-Joe Bageant
Five Skies-Ron Carlson
Serena-Ron Rash
Lipstick Jihad-Azadeh Moaveni
Don't Sleep There are Snakes-Daniel Everett
Canine Body Language-Brenda Aloff
Pack of Two-Caroline Knapp
Coal Black Horse-Robert Olmstead
The Yacoubian Building-Alaa Al Aswany
The Attack-Yasmina Khadra
Blue Latitudes-Tony Horowitz
How Fiction Works-James Wood
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna st. Vincent Millay-Nancy Milford
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and its Women-Alexa Albert
Rapture of Canaan-Sheri Reynolds
Daughters of the North-Sarah Hall
Wake Up Sir- Jonathan Ames
Dogs of Babel-Carolyn Parkhurst
The Killer Inside Me-Jim Thompson
Under the Banner of Heaven-Jon Krakauer
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove-Christopher Moore
When I was Mortal-Javier Marias
Senselessness-Horacio Castellanos Moya
Mariette in Ecstasy-Ron Hansen
When Things Fall Apart-Pema Chodron
A Passage to India-E.M. Forster
The Awakening-Kate Chopin
Mystery & Manners: Occasional Prose-Flannery O'Connor
Arcadia- Tom Stoppard
Numbers in the Dark-Italo Calvino
Collected Letters-Elizabeth Bishop, Flannery O'Connor, T.S. Eliot, Yeats, Keats, Welty, Hemingway, Fitzgerald pretty much anyone

We let Stacie cheat a little at the end with the letters because it was so funny and indicative of the problem many of us faced. 50 just isn't that many. Milwaukee has long been a great book, and art in general, town and its been fun to see the several stores rise from the ashes of the Harry W. Schwartz stores. Boswell is one and from there you can jump to Daniel Goldin's blog or the bookseller blog.

Monday, September 19, 2011

List #12 Kelly von Plonski

Kelly von Plonski: Subterranean Books. St. Louis, MO. 63130

Firmin by Sam Savage
Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
The Razors' Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Kokoro by Soseki
Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
The Getaway by Jim Thompson
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
The Delivery Man by Joe McGinniss, Jr
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
No God But God by Reza Aslan
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
Voluntary Madness by Nora Vincent
Finding Nouf  by Zoe Ferraris
City of Thieves by David Benioff
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Arsonist's Guide to Homes in New England by Brock Clarke
2666 by Roberto Bolano
Home & Gilead by Marilyn Robinson
Leningrad: State of Siege by Michael Jones
Selected Letters of TS Spivet by Reif LArsson
The Children's Book by AS Byatt
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
New York Stories by Paul Auster
The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
Room by Emma Donohue
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
Time For Bed by Mem Fox
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Tom Lichtenheld
Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
The Surrendered by Change- Rae Lee
Nine Stories by JD Salinger
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr
Stones Fall by Iain Pears

Abraham and Associates rep John Mesjak(and my3books guy) gave me the heads up to talk to someone at Subterranean which has as inventive a series of events as anyone around. Flyover land or not.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oh, you published a book...

Before this space became the home of Indie Booksellers Top 50 lists it was something else. What, exactly, I am not sure. A soapbox? A virtual venting space? A what? It's hard to even remember--but like everything in the digital world, it is all there for anyone to take a peek at.

I've had a few customers ask for something other than lists so here are some of my ideas again. And, I should note(again), that these are simply my simple thoughts and meanderings and that they do not represent Micawber's entire staff.

I'll begin with a question: what do I/we owe to self-published authors? Almost every day, and sometimes multiple times in a given day, I get a call/e-mail/in-store visit from someone who has published their own work. They most often start with a line of "I am a local artist..." Anyone who truly shops at the store and is someone we actually know by face and name gets a free pass. We always are willing and happy to sell those books. Like many other stores we have some real success stories amongst those kinds of books. In the past few years we've sold 100+ of a few and just had an event three nights ago when we sold 48 copies of a poetry book done locally.

But I'm thinking about the larger issue. The same technology that has introduced e-readers has also enabled either individuals or small companies to print books at a reasonable price. The world of self-publishing is a sort of DYI adventure that I admire in principle. Yet I also see the other side of the coin--not every book works for us in terms of content, style, price, etc.

Lately I have begun to wonder about what I owe to these people/books. Is every e-mail deserving of a response? My quick answer is no. Is every package containing a book worth an answer? No, again, I think. Should a local author get an audience to tell me about his/her book simply by stopping by the store? Another negative is my immediate response--after having dealt with hundreds of these types of requests.

Here are a few simple rules that would probably apply to most stores: call in advance to set up an appointment. Do not drop-in and expect time with an owner/buyer. If you mail a copy of your book do not expect a store to pay return postage. Ask once about a store hosting an event. Do not ask a question when the only possible answer you want is yes. Do not stress your local artist angle unless you know or shop at the store.

I deal with authors on the regular who begin their spiel with total numbers of sales via Amazon and the very simple response is to tell them to contact regarding an event.

Friday, September 16, 2011

List #11 Joseph J. DeSalvo, Jr.

Joseph J. DeSalvo: Faulkner House Books. New Orleans, LA. 70119
The Odyssey and the Iliad Homer
The Aeneid Virgil
Don Quixote Cervantes
Life of Samuel Johnson James Boswell
Mansfield Park Jane Austen
Jane Eyre Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights Charlotte Bronte
Middlemarch George Eliot
Nostromo Joseph Conrad
Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
The Red and the Black Stendahl
Pere Goriot Honore Balzac
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol
Short Stories Anton Chekhov
Moby Dick Herman Melville
The Leopard Giuseppe Lampedusa
The Long Ships Frans G. Bengtsson
Radetzky's March Joseph Roth
Zorba the Greek Nikos Kazantzakis
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
Henderson the Rain King Saul Bellow
Herzog Saul Bellow
Light in August William Faulkner
Absalom Absalom William Faulkner
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
The Moviegoer Walker Percy
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
Short Stories Hemingway
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Crossing To Safety Wallace Stegner
History Elsa Morante
The Balkan Trilogy Olivia Manning
Rabbit Angstrom John Updike
Life and Fate Vasily Grossman
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
Death Comes For the Archbishop Willa Cather
The Good Soldier Ford Maddox Ford
Sophie's Choice William Styron
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
All the King's Men Robert Penn Warren
The Optimist's Daughter Eudora Welty

Faulkner House is owned by Mr. DeSalvo who was kind enough to mail me his list written in script so beautiful that I will be scanning it soon for all to see. I am also now convinced that his store, with its address at 624 Pirate's Alley, has the coolest address of any bookstore in the world.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

List #10 Emma Straub

Emma Straub: BookCourt. Brooklyn, NY. 11201.
1. Middlemarch, George Eliot
2. Stoner, John Williams
3. Emma, Jane Austen
4. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
5. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
6. Martin Dressler, Stephen Millhauser
7. Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
8. Like Life, Lorrie Moore
9. Lunch Poems, Frank O'Hara
10. The Great Man, Kate Christensen
11. Little Children, Tom Perrotta
12. The Wife, Meg Wolitzer
13. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
14. Ideas of Heaven, Joan Silber
15. Bad Marie, Marcy Dermansky
16. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
17. Everything Matters!, Ron Currie Jr.
18. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
19. Old School, Tobias Wolff
20. Chocolates for Breakfast, Pamela Moore
21. Cost of Living, Mavis Gallant
22. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
23. Random Family, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
24. I Remember, Joe Brainard
25. Memento Mori, Muriel Spark
26, Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link
27. New Addresses, Kenneth Koch
28. A Movable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
29. Liars and Saints, Maile Meloy
30. Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
31. Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
32. Mystery, Peter Straub
33. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
34. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris
35. The Good Solider, Ford Madox Ford
36. True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey
37. Where I'm Calling From, Raymond Carver
38. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
39. You Remind Me of Me, Dan Chaon
40. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
41. Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier
42. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
43. The Stories (So Far) of Deborah Eisenberg
44. George and Martha, James Marshall
45. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
46. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
47. Down the Street, Lynda Barry
48. Entertaining is Fun, Dorothy Draper
49. Jump Book, Phillipe Halsman
50. The Master, Colm Toibin

Emma is the author of a great short story collection "Other People We Married" which we sell at Micawber's. Read more about her at her site and her store's website can be found here

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

List #9 Emily Pullen

Emily Pullen: Skylight Books. Los Angeles, CA. 90027.

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Mopus by Oisin Curran
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Matilda by Roald Dahl
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
Well by Matthew McIntosh
Hotel World by Ali Smith
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
Nox by Anne Carson
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier
Essex County by Jeff Lemire
Mirrors by Eduardo Galeano
The Correspondence Artist by Barbara Browning
Some Things That Meant the World To Me by Joshua Mohr
The Position by Meg Wolitzer
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Everything Is Its Own Reward by Paul Madonna
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
It's Useful to Have a Duck by ISOL
Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
AM/PM by Amelia Gray
I, The Divine by Rabih Alameddine
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine by Stanley Crawford
The Slow Fix by Ivan E. Coyote
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larson
Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Narration: Four Lectures by Gertrude Stein
The Jolly Postman by Janet Ahlberg
Signs and Relics by Sylvia Plachy
Detroit Disassembled by Andrew Moore
Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
Odysseus in America by Jonathan Shay
A New Literary History of America by Greil Marcus (editor)
Zoom by Istvan Banyai
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
The Ultimate Alphabet by Mike Wilks
The Design of Dissent by Milton Glaser
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Flapper by Joshua Zeitz

I've long admired Emily's book selections choosing from the best of the mainstream and introducing me to lots of gems I wouldn't have otherwise found. More of her(and other Skylight booksellers) picks can be found on their site--which comes complete with cool illustrations.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

List#8 Matt Lage

Matt Lage: Iowa Book and Co. Iowa City, IA. 52244

Lorrie Moore, The Collected Stories (UK edition)
John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever
Alice McDermott, Charming Billy
Gore Vidal, United States: Collected Essays
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest: A Memoir
Frank O'Connor, Collected Stories
William Trevor, Collected Stories (Boxed, UK)
Alice Munro, Selected Stories
Mavis Gallant, The Collected Stories
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library
Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger's Child
Ann Beattie, The New Yorker Stories
David Leavitt, Collected Stories
Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers
Edmund White, The Farewell Symphony
John le Carre, The Quest for Karla (Knopf omnibus of Tinker, Tailor
Soldier, Spy; The Honorourable Schoolboy, Smiley's People)
Annie Proulx, Close Range: Wyoming Stories
The Practical Heart by Allan Gurganus
The Short History of a Prince by Jane Hamilton
Collected Stories by Amy Hempel
The Known World by Edward P.Jones
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stuart Neville
Underworld by Don Delillo
Best of P.G. Wodehouse (Everyman’s Library)
Atonement by Ian McEwan
No Great Mischief by Alistair Macleod
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Collected Stories by Wright Morris
Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker (UK ed.)
Untouchable by John Banville
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty by Sebastian Barry
The Half You Didn’t Know: Selected Stories by Peter Cameron (Plume paper)
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
The Early Stories: 1953-1975 by John Updike
Complete Stories by Evelyn Waugh (Everyman Library)
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
The Francoeur Trilogy by David Plante (Dutton Obelisk paper)
The Collected Stories by J. F. Powers (NYRB paper)
A Cab at the Door & Midnight Oil by V.S. Pritchett (Modern Library)
Untold Stories by Alan Bennett
Last Orders by Graham Swift
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon
The Ripley Novels by Patricia Highsmith (Everyman’s Library)
A Star Called Henry by Roddy Doyle

This is one of the many cases where I had never met or spoken to the contributor. I had heard, many times, of his name and fine book taste. Prairie Lights is the store everyone talks about in Iowa(and we'll hear from them in a few days) but they ain't the only
game in town. Big thanks go to Steve Horwitz--our Abraham&Associates rep--for always pestering me about getting in touch with Matt.

Monday, September 12, 2011

List #7 Toby Cox

Toby Cox: Three LIves&Company. New York, NY. 10014

ANOTHER COUNTRY by James Baldwin
THE FEAST OF LOVE by Charles Baxter
2666 by Roberto Bolano
MYSTERY RIDE by Robert Boswell
DISGRACE by J.M. Coetzee
HERO by Frederick G. Dillen
LOVE MEDICINE by Louise Erdrich
THE WAITRESS WAS NEW by Dominique Fabre
THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
THEN WE CAME TO THE END by Joshua Ferris
THE GOOD DOCTOR by Damon Galgut
MISTER SANDMAN by Barbara Gowdy
LIFE AND FATE by Vasily Grossman
THE GREAT FIRE by Shirley Hazzard
BALCONY OF EUROPE by Aidan Higgins
THE KNOWN WORLD by Edward P. Jones
SNOW COUNTRY by Yasunari Kawabata
THE CONQUEROR by Jan Kjaerstad
THE CHATEAU by William Maxwell
BY THE LAKE by John McGahern
CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell
THE ICE STORM by Rick Moody
SNOW ANGELS by Stewart O'Nan
DIVISADERO by Michael Ondaatje
THE ECHO MAKER by Richard Powers
LIGHT YEARS by James Salter
LUCKY US by Joan Silber
SHADOWS ON THE HUDSON by Isaac Bashevis Singer
CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner
THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
PEREIRA DECLARES by Antonio Tabucchi
TRIOMF by Marlene van Niekerk
SEPARATE CHECKS by Marianne Wiggins
THIS BOY'S LIFE by Tobias Wolff

Here is their website which is purely informational. Which is fine because this store's charm and power is its physical space. I might upset some people by saying this, including co-workers, but Three Lives is pound for pound, inch by inch, my favorite bookstore in the United States. The stock selection is suoerb and a lot of that is due to Toby.

Friday, September 9, 2011

List #6 Liberty Hardy

Liberty Hardy: RiverRun Bookstore. Portsmouth, NH. 03801

THE PLAGUE DOGS by Richard Adams
WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson
CAT'S EYE by Margaret Atwood
THE VAULTS by Toby Ball
IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote
CLOSE TO SHORE by Michael Capuzzo
FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies
BAD MARIE by Marcy Dermansky
GEEK LOVE by Katherine Dunn
ZEROVILLE by Steve Erickson
THE LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann
THE FOREVER WAR by Joe Haldeman
THE GONE-AWAY WORLD by Nick Harkaway
UNION ATLANTIC by Adam Haslett
WINTER'S TALE by Mark Helprin
RAT GIRL by Kristen Hersh
A HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA by Richard Hughes
THE KNOWN WORLD by Edward P. Jones
MISTER PIP by Lloyd Jones
THE DUST OF 100 DOGS by A.S. King
THE ORANGE EATS CREEPS by Grace Krilanovich
DISQUIET by Julia Leigh
BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy
LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry
CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell
SKIPPY DIES by Paul Murray
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND by Flannery O'Connor
BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett
JAMESTOWN by Matthew Sharpe
IN HARM'S WAY by Doug Stanton
CANNERY ROW by John Steinbeck
ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson
PERFUME by Patrick Suskind
THE TIGER by John Vaillant
ZAZEN by Vanessa Veselka
SLAPSTICK by Kurt Vonnegut

After a little bit of phone-tag Liberty surprised me by getting her list to me the same day we spoke. Her enthusiam for the books she loves is really infectious. I read Zazen by Veselka from Red Lemonade and am now indebted to her for that tip. She is also helping this project ricochet around the internet universe via Twitter and for that I thank her immensely. RiverRun's site is here. I also should say that I first came to know about her via Algonquin's Booksellers Rock series which is one of many great things they feature on their blog

Thursday, September 8, 2011

List #5 Libby Cowles

Libby Cowles: Maria's Bookshop. Durango, CO. 81301

Claiming Ground, Laura Bell
Lonely Polygamist, Brady Udall
Women’s Ways of Knowing, Mary Belenkey et al
In a Different Voice, Carol Gilligan
Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie
Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman
A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
America America, Ethan Canin
Bone People, Keri Hulme
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
Anthropology of an American Girl, Hilary Thayer Hamann
One Hundred Names for Love, Diane Ackerman
Operating Instructions, Anne Lamott
Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina Garcia
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman
Howl, Allen Ginsberg
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Woodswoman, Anne LaBastille
Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paolo Freire
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Emperors Children, Claire Messud
Gnomes, Will Huygen
Yellowcake, Ann Cummins
Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv
Reviving Ophelia, Mary Pipher
Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
A Natural History of Love, Diane Ackerman
The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Dream Work, Mary Oliver
Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

People think of Denver or Boulder or Fort Collins when it comes to cool Colorado living but Maria's certainly makes Durango seem like a pretty good option. Their website showcases their passion for books pretty well and under the Maria's Favorites tab you can access all their staff picks and other fun stuff.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Harvard Book Store Top 50

This iconic store has been dealing books in Cambridge Mass. since 1932. Megan Sullivan, their head buyer, was kind enough to share the Top 50 from a staff list that they compiled in 2009. Their virtual home is here You can access the rest of their Top 100 from there.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Middlemarch by George Eliot
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Dubliners by James Joyce
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh
White Noise by Don DeLillo
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Earthsea Cycle (series) by Ursula LeGuin
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Histories by Herodotus
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

List #3 Michael Boggs

Michael Boggs: Carmichael'sBookstore. Louisville, KY. 40204/40206

This is Louisville's oldest indie and you can see more about them here

Without criteria, I had to make up my own. 1. Classics – If somebody wants to read Gatsby or Grapes of Wrath or Treasure Island, they aren’t going to here about it from me first. 2. There are tons of contemporary books that I am sure others would love, but I disliked. Cf. Infinite Jest or Cloud Atlas (maybe I’m too old). So I have to have really liked it to sell it 3. You have to have to kind of read a customer’s sense of themselves as readers and have all manner of stuff in you bag to recommend. 4. Handselling is all about being democratic and believing you can upgrade a romance reader to The Secret History or Shadow of the Wind or even Winter’s Tale, or a Mickey Spillane fan to Little Drummer Girl or Chinaman’s Chance.

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Winter’s Tale – Mark Halprin
Any Human Heart – William Boyd
At Home - Bill Bryson
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Citizenship Papers – Wendell Berry
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon
The Hours – Michael Cunningham
Dispatches - Michael Herr
Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
Little Bee – Chris Cleave
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik
Path to Power – Robert Caro
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek – Annie Dillard
Rising Tide – John Barry
River of Doubt – Candace Millard
Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Zafon
Smiley's People - John Le Carre
Sophie’s World – Jostein Gardner
The Hair of Harold Roux – Thomas Williams
The Hot Zone – Richard Preston
The Little Drummer Girl – John Le Carre
The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
The Orchid Thief – Susan Orlean
The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
The Professor & the Madman – Simon Winchester
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Shipping News – Annie Proulx
The Spies of Warsaw – Alan Furst
The Stone Virgin – Barry Unsworth
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Lives of the Monster Dogs - Kirsten Bakis
Way of Ignorance – Wendell Berry
World According to Garp - John Irving
The Stand-Stephen King
The White Album - Joan Didion
Dog of the South - Charles Portis
The Lives of a Cell - Lewis Thomas
Gorky Park - Martin Cruz Smith
Chinaman's Chance - Ross Thomas
Metzer's Dog - Thomas Perry
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
Underworld - Don Delillo
Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sachs
Guns of the South - Harry Turtledove

Friday, September 2, 2011

List #2 Neil Strandberg

Neil Strandberg:Tattered Cover Book Store. Denver, C0 80202


The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
Vanity Fair, Thackery
East of Eden, Steinbeck
Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
Bleak House, Dickens
Ramayana, Valmiki (not really "fiction," as such, but one helluva a story)
History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Fielding
Last of the Mohicans, Cooper
Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
Three Musketeers, Dumas
Code of the Woosters, Wodehouse; but I really mean all things Wooster
Sot-Weed Factor, Barth
Lolita, Nabakov
Moby Dick; or, The Whale, Melville
Tin Drum, Grass
I, Claudius, Graves
Blood Meridian, McCarthy
White Noise, DeLillo
The English Patient, Ondaatje
Perfume, Suskind
True History of the Kelly Gang, Carey
Remains of the Day, Ishiguro
Things They Carried, O'Brien
Winter's Tale, Helprin
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Garcia Marquez
A Prayer for Owen Meany, Irving
Killer Angels, Shaara
Centaur, Updike


Gorky Park, Smith; but I really mean to say all things Arkady Renko
Lucifer's Hammer, Niven
Cryptonomicon, Stephenson
Snow Crash, Stephenson
Farewell, My Lovely, Chandler; but I really mean to say all things Chandler
Sun of Suns, Schroeder
Windup Girl, Bacigalupi
Hobbit, Tolkien
Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1), Herbert

Non Fiction

Longitude, Sobel
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, Sledge
Son of the Morning Star: General Custer and the Battle of Little Bighorn, Connell
Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, Quammen
Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph, Lawrence
Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War, Manchester
Worst Journey in the World, Cherry-Garrard
Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding, Hughes
Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, Greene
Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Pollan

Here is the mainpage for a store that has long been one of our strongest defenders of free speech and great books.