Is Florida a Literary Paradise?


A new state, a new house, a tropical storm, what better way to try out a new idea for selecting September’s reading pool? It may only last a month (or two) but I will try concentrating my reading on a few authors. For this month about half of my selections are books I want to read and the other half are authors I want to read more of. This month’s authors are

  • Don DeLillo
  • Henry James
  • Georges Simenon
  • Booth Tarkington

The remainder of the authors represent some books I have been carrying too long without reading, some new titles that have piqued my interest, and one or two classics.

Here is the full reading list:

Don DeLillo

  1. Point Omega
  2. The Names
  3. End Zone
  4. Americana

Henry James

  1. The Portrait of a Lady
  2. The Bostonians
  3. The Madonna of the Future

Georges Simenon

  1. Maigret and the Burglar’s Wife
  2. Maigret and the Guinguette by the Seine
  3. Maigret and the Saturday Caller
  4. Maigret and the Old Lady
  5. Maigret and the Murder in a Minor Key

Booth Tarkington

  1. The Conquest of Canaan
  2. Penrod
  3. The Magnificent Ambersons

General Reading Titles

  1. Nostromo — Joseph Conrad
  2. Pilgrim At Tinker Creek — Annie Dillard
  3. Before We Visit the Goddess — Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  4. The Big Money — John Dos Passos
  5. The Circle — Dave Eggers
  6. Independence Day — Richard Ford
  7. Forty Rooms — Olga Grushin
  8. The Museum of Extraordinary Things: A Novel — Alice Hoffman
  9. The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis — Max Shulman
  10. Diary of a Naked Official — Ouyang Yu

Left Overs From August

  1. Vinegar Girl — Anne Tyler
  2. Uncentering the Earth — William T. Vollmann
  3. Infinite Jest — David Foster Wallace

3 thoughts on “Is Florida a Literary Paradise?

    1. Yes, right across from the In-N-Out Burger.

      I have a really nice setup here at my daughter’s house in Florida (Go ‘Noles !!!) even though my sunroom is still being constructed. So my life is books and dogs and cats and kids and bugs and vegetables … it should work out fine.


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