Is that Burton I See Before Me?

I cannot lift my left arm, my neck creaks at odd angles, my eyes are foggy and tearing, my right hand shakes, and my feet are swollen. Perfect! So I’ll be ready to sit all day at my desk reading.

This may be the last month I select a specific reading list. There are too many long and difficult books to read and too many “entertainments” calling out to me: Richardson, Rabelais, Connelly, Gardner … and add to that the mind-numbing effects of the NFL and the Cooking Channel.

Fact is, I’m thinking of reading Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy which I’ve traditionally projected as the last book I would ever read.

But for now, I have these fascinating titles selected for this last month of the year:

  1. The Pregnant Widow — Martin Amis
  2. 2666 — Roberto Bolaño
  3. Running with Scissors — Augusten Burroughs
  4. Dusklands — J. M. Coetzee
  5. The Closers — Michael Connelly
  6. Going For a Beer — Robert Coover
  7. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories – Lydia Davis
  8. The Stone Monkey — Jeffrey Deaver
  9. Widows — Ariel Dorfman
  10. The Singapore Grip – J. G. Farrell
  11. The Evening and the Morning — Ken Follett
  12. Junkyard Dogs — Craig Johnson
  13. The Iliad of Homer — Richard Lattimore
  14. The Neighborhood — Mario Vargas Llosa
  15. Robert B. Parker’s Stone’s Throw — Mike Lupica
  16. The Ballad of the Sad Café: And Other Stories — Carson McCullers
  17. Pursuit: A Novel of Suspense — Joyce Carol Oates
  18. The Affirmation — Christopher Priest
  19. The Fugitive — Marcel Proust
  20. In the First Circle – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

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