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favorite authors, old and new

August 21, 2011

Inspired by mmy’s post on the joys of libraries, I’ve compiled lists of favorite authors, connected in various ways to my local library.

(I was originally going to include every single author who wrote at least one book that I enjoyed, but the list got so long it was unwieldy. So I’ve pared down to only those authors with books that I gave four stars or above on LibraryThing, which is still 41 people.)

(1)   Authors I discovered at my local library, whom I want to read more from:

Sarah Addison Allen – The Girl Who Chased the Moon (4 stars)

Elijah Anderson – The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (4 stars)

Alison Arngrim – Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated (5 stars)

Aimee Bender – The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (5 stars)

Elizabeth Benedict – Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed  Their Lives (4 stars)

Kate Bornstein – Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (4 stars)

Jeb Brugmann – Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities are Changing the World (4 stars)

Nicholas A. Christakis – Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks… (4 stars)

Joan Didion – The Year of Magical Thinking (4 stars)

Kirstin Downey – The Woman Behind the New Deal: the Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins (4.5 stars)

Sarah Dunant – In the Company of the Courtesan: A Novel (4.5 stars)

Catherine Fisher – Incarceron, Book 1 (4 stars)

Julia Glass – Three Junes (4.5 stars), The Whole World Over (4 stars)

David Graeber – Direct Action: An Ethnography (4 stars)

Wayne Greenhaw – Fighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama (4 stars)

Kelle Groom – I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl: A Memoir (5 stars)

Paul Guest –One More Theory about Happiness: A Memoir (4 stars)

Joyce Hinnefeld – Stranger Here Below (5 stars)

Allegra Huston – Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found (4 stars)

N. K. Jemisin – The Inheritance Trilogy: published yet, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (5 stars), The Broken Kingdoms (4 stars)

Martin Keough, editor – Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World (5 stars)

James King – Bill Warrington’s Last Chance (5 stars)

Laurie R. King – Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mysteries [I’ve only read the first one so far, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice  (4 stars)]

Mark Kurlansky – Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea (4 stars)

Harriet Lerner – The Dance of Connection (4 stars); The Dance of Anger (4 stars)

James Lord – My Queer War (4 stars)

Anne Maczulak – Allies and Enemies: How the World Depends on Bacteria (4 stars)

Catherine E. McKinley – Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World (4 stars)

Donella H. Meadows – Thinking in Systems: A Primer (4 stars)

Colleen Morton Busch – Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara (4 stars)

Robert Moss – The Secret History of Dreaming (4 stars)

Burton W. Peretti – Lift Every Voice: The History of African-American Music (4 stars)

Alexandra Potter – The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather: A Novel (4 stars)

Geneen Roth – Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations about Food and Money (4 stars)

Elaine Scarry – Thinking in an Emergency (4 stars)

Mary Ann Shaffer – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (5 stars)

Rebecca Skloot – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (5 stars)

Dodie Smith – I Capture the Castle (5 stars)

Sherri L. Smith – Flygirl (4 stars)

Warren St. John – Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town (4 stars)

Blanche Wiesen Cook – Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884 – 1933 (5 stars); Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 2, the Defining Years: 1933 – 1938  (4.5 stars)

 

(2)   Authors I already knew I liked, but found new-to-me books of theirs at my library:

Natalie Angier – The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science (5 stars)

James Gleick – The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (4 stars)

Natalie Goldberg – Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir (5 stars)

Nicola Griffith – Slow River (5 stars)

Barbara Kingsolver – Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (4 stars)

Robin McKinley – Chalice (4.5 stars)

Lois McMaster Bujold – Shards of Honor (4 stars)

Sharon Shinn – Troubled Waters (5 stars)

 

(3)   Author(s) someone recommended, whose books I got and read from my local library:

Annette Gordon Reed – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (5 stars)

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