Welcome to MarshaReads.com. You will find a collection of short essays about books I’ve read starting in spring 2016. Your comments are welcomed.
Since this list has grown substantially since I started this website, I provide two tables to help you find a particular book.
Because I’m not an expert webmaster, I have the two tables on two pages to minimize your need to scroll seemingly endlessly.
This page has a table with the books aphabetized by title.
“Books by Title” has a table with the books aphabetized by author’s last name. If “The” or “An” is in the title, the second word is used for aphabetization.
NOTE: I’ve decided to classify any book that was published >50 years ago as “Classic”. This is my personal definition. If we’re still reading a book published more than 50 years ago it must have something that continues to resonate with readers today and likely in the future. Good enough definition for me.
The list is not exhaustive prior to spring 2016.
Author Last Name Author First Name Title Haruf Kent All Souls At Night Doerr Anthony All the Light We Cannot See Quindlen Anna Alternate Side Jones Tayari American Marriage, An Winspear Jacqueline The American Agent (12) El Akkad Omar American War Winspear Jacqueline Among the Mad (6)* Tolstoy Leo Anna Karenina Sophocles Antigone Mahfouz Naguig Arabian Nights and Days Strout Elizabeth Anything is Possible Halliday Lisa Asymmetry Lewis Sinclair Babbitt Updike John Bech: A Book Haurf Kent Benediction Winspear Jacqueline Birds of a Feather (2) * Oates Joyce Carol Black Water Didion Joan Blue Nights Hood Ann Book That Matters Most, The Huxley Aldous Brave New World Strout Elizabeth Burgess Boys, The Ishiguro Kozuo Buried Giant, The Walker Martin Bruno: Chief of Police Charmock Anne Calculated Life, A Winspear Jacqueline Care and Management of Lies: A Novel of the Great War, The Galbraith Robert Career of Evil Vonnegut Kurt Cat’s Cradle Heller Joseph Catch 22 Galloway Steven Cellist of Sarajevo, The Russo Richard Chances Are… Black Benjamin Christine Falls Tyler Anne Clock Dance Twain Mark Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Hillerman Tony Coyote Waits Gaskell Mrs (Elizabeth) Cranford Galbraith Robert The Cuckoo’s Calling Bradbury Ray Dandelion Wine Winspear Jacqueline Dangerous Place (11)*, A Napolitano Ann Dear Edward Munro Alice Dear Life Walker Martin The Devil’s Cave Tyler Anne Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Le Guin Ursula Dispossessed, The Walsh M. O. Don’t Take My Sunshine Walsh M.O. Don’t Take My Sunshine Russell Mary Doria Dreamers of the Day Tokarczuk Olga Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead Patchett Ann Dutch House, The Smiley Jane Early Alert Westover Tara Educated Black Benjamin Elegy for April Windspear Jacqueline Elegy for Eddy (9)* Greene Graham The End of the Affair Jaswal Balli Kaur Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows Russo Richard Everybody’s Fool Haruf Kent Eventide Hamid Moshin Exit West Wolitzer Meg Female Persuassion Groff Lauren Florida Nunez Sigrid Friend, The Guskin Sharon Forgetting Time, The Contreras Ingrid Rojas Fruit of the Drunken Tree Tripp Dawn Georgia Towles Amor A Gentleman in Moscow Howell Georgiana Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations Hyeonseo Lee Girl with Seven Names, The Zgheib Yara Girls at 17 Swan Street, The Rao Shobha Girls Burn Brighter Erpenbeck Jenny Go Went Gone Smiley Jane Golden Age O’Nan Stewart The Good Wife Dickens Charles Great Expectations Conroy Pat The Great Santini Dweyer Carol Growth Mindset Adichie Chimanda Ngozi Half of a Yellow Sun Atwood Margaret Handmaid’s Tale Atwood Margaret Heart Goes Last, The Kelly Jack Heaven’s Ditch Shetterly Margot Hidden Figures Vance JD Hilbilly Elegy Shamsie Kamila Homefire Urrea Luis Alberto House of Broken Angels Warton Edith House of Mirth Ogawa Yoko Housekeeper and the Professor, The Marais Bianca Hum If You Don’t Know the Words Kang Han Human Acts Sklott Rebecca Immortal Life of Henrietta lacks, The Silber Joan Improvement Capote Truman In Cold Blood Godden Rummer In This House of Brede Winspear Jacqueline In this grave hour Winspear Jacqueline Incomplete Revenge (5) *, An Desai Kiran Inheritance of Loss, The Haruf Kent Introduction–Kent Haruf Berry Wendall Jaybar Crow Windspear Jacqueline Journey to Munich (12)* Grann David Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Benedict Marie Lady Clementine Doig Ivan Last Bus to Wisdom Goodwin Doris Kearns Leadership in Turbulent Times Ko Lisa Leavers, The Windspear Jacqueline Leaving Everything Most Loved (10)* Geer Andrew Sean Less Winspear Jacqueline Lesson in Secrets (8)*, A Vida Vendela Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name Galbraith Robert Lethal White Ulrich Laurel Thatcher Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary 1785-1812, The Saunders George Lincoln in the Bardo Forman, Jr. James Locking Up Our Own Allende Isabel A Long Petal of the Sea Moore Liz Long Bright River Lusisella Valerie Lost Children Archives Atwood Margaret Madd Addam Lewis Sinclair Main Street Joukhadar Zeyn Map of Salt and Stars, The Winspear Jacqueline Mapping of Love and Death (7)*, The Winspear Jacqueline Massie Dobbs (1) * Winspear Jacqueline Messenger of Truth (4)* Quindlen Anna Miller’s Valley Langer Ellen Mindfulness* Dweck Carol Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Watson Brad Miss Jane Modiano Patrick Missing Person Wilke Collin Moonstone, The Que Mai Nguyen Phan Mountains Sing, The Hijuelos Oscar Mr. Ives’ Christmas Macy Caitlin Mrs. Ben-Moshe Danny My Lost Family Strout Elizabeth My Name is Lucy Barton Choo Yangsze Night Tiger, The Russo Richard Nobody’s Fool* Toibin Colm Nora Webster Strout Elizabeth Olive Again! Vuong Ocean On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Quindlen Anna One True Thing Atwood Margaret Oryx and Crake Dinensen Isak Out of Africa Powers Richard Overstory, The Lee Min Jin Pachinko Winspear Jacqueline Pardonable Lies (3) * Wilde Oscar Picture of Dorian Gray, The Haruf Kent Plainsong Doig Ivan Prairie Nocturne Sparks Muriel Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Kingsolver Barbara Prodigal Summer Schnittman Suzanne Provocative Mothers and their Precocious Daughters Hansberry Lorraine Raisin in the Sun Chevalier Tracy Remarkable Creatures Wright Cameron Rent Collector, The DeFoe Daniel Robinson Crusoe Larson Kate Clifford Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Orczy Baroness Scarlet Pimpernel, The Brooks Geraldine Secret Chord, The George Alex Setting Free the Kites Yun Jung Shelter Zimmer Carl She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity Galbraith Robert The Silkworm Ward Jesmyn Sing Unburied Sing McTiernan Dervla The Sisters Hillerman Tony Skeleton Man Brennan-Jobs Lisa Small Fry Lang James Small Teaching Banville John Snow Smiley Jane Some Luck McDermott Alice Someone Darznik Jazmin Song of a Captive Bird Iweala Uzodinma Speak No Evil Mandel Emily St John Station Eleven Dawson Evan Summer in a Glass Chancellor Bryn Sycamore Michener James Tales of the South Pacific Hardy Thomas Tess of d’Ubervilles Atwood Margaret The Testaments Friedman Mandelbaum Thomas L Michael That Used to be us: How America Fell Behind in the World it invented and how we can come back Orange Tommy There, There Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Thing Around Your Neck, The O’Brien Tim The Things They Carried Kahneman Daniel Thinking Fast and Slow Frankel Laurie This Is How It Always is Haruf Kent Tie That Binds, The Stowe Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin Ullmann Linn Unquiet: A Novel Bennett Brit The Vanishing Half Kang Han Vegetarian, The Appanah Natacha Waiting for Tomorrow Gundar-Goshen Ayelet Waking Lions Tolstoy Leo War and Peace Rum Etaf A Woman is No Man Woolfe Virginia Waves, The Roberts Cokie We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters Kadish Rachel Weight of Ink, The Kalanithi Paul When Breath Becomes Air Haruf Kent Where You Once Belonged Owens Delia Where the Crawdads Sing Anderson Carol White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide Rum Etaf A Woman is No Man Collins Wilkie The Woman in White Palacio R.J. Wonder Coben Harlan The Woods Atwood Margaret Year of the Flood, The