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Novels Recommended by NYU Students and Others

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Still More Prose Recommended
by Students and Friends

Poetry

 

A classic story of China by Pearl S. Buck

 

Check out this funny short story:"Dining Alone on Valentine's Day" by Susan Emshwiller

 

Novels recommended by my friends and students as exemplary and worthy of enjoyment and even study:

 

Odd Girl Out by Anne Bannon
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Bertenz

The Savage Detectrives by Roberto Bolano

Exiles in America  by Christopher Bram

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Thank You for Smoking by  Christopher Buckley

Pulp by Charles Bukowski  

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen Carter

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connolly

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
The Witch from Portobello by Paulo Coelho  

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Drown Junot Diaz

Billy Bathgate E.L. Doctorow

Love Medicine by Lousie Erdrich

The Eyre Affair Jasper Fford

 World Without End by Ken Follett

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

A Place of Hiding Elizabeth George

Three Junes Julia Glass

Lord of the Flies William Golding

Love the One You're With Emily Griffin

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (" Great voice") Mark Haddon

Tinkers by Paul Harding

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle ( " Freedom to be Imaginative.") Murakami Haruki

Kite Runner by Khalid Hoseini

What I Loved by Siri Hustredt

Never Let Me Go by) Kazuo Ichiguro

Body of Lies by David Ignatious

The World According to Garp John Irving 

The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

100 Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin

The Road Cormac McCarthy

Atonement Ian McEwan

The Senator's Wife Sue Miller

Black Swan Green David Mitchell

Beloved  by Toni Morrison

The Time Travelers's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

Northern Lights by Tim O Brien

Coming Up for Air George Orwell

Invisible Monsters Chuck Palahniuk

My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk

Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak

Vernon God Little D.B.C. Pierre

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marsha Pelils

Lush Life Richard Price

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth

Harry Potter books J.K. Rowling

Push  by Sapphire

Nine Stories J.D. Salinger

Blindness Jose Saramago

King Kong on East 4th St. by Jagna Wojcicka Sharff 

On the Waterfront (Shooting Script) by Budd Schulberg

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

War and Peace by Tolstoy

The Secret History by Donna Tratt

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

Man in Full by Tom Wolfe

Revolutionary Road  by Richard Yates

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron 

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More writers     

Orson Scott Card

Barbara Kingsolver

Hemingway

Richard Morgan

Alice Munro

 

 

 

Contemporary Fiction Online

"Dining Alone on Valentine's Day" by Susan Emshwiller
Suzanne McConnell, an editor at BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW, introduces an excellent short story by Joan LeeGant called "Sisters of Mercy."
"Rite of Passage" by John Birth
Suzanne McConnell, an editor at BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW, introduces an excellent short story by Joan LeeGant called "Sisters of Mercy."
"Happy Endings" by Margaret Atwood.
John Birch "We Are At War" (story of the beginning of a war and some of its unbloody but painful repercussions)
Kate Blakinger "Living in Reverse"  (story)
"The Keeper" by Krishan Coupland
Ashley Cowger "8 Stories I'll Never Tell"
Carol Emshwiller’s Chapter Two from The Mount (novel chapter)
"Michael Ryan" by Joyce A. Griffin
"Pencils" by Tai Dong Huai
"Whale Migration" by Daniel Hudon
"She" by Charles Kaufmann
Edith Konecky ”Cocktail Hour" (novel part)
"Stone" by Miriam N. Kotzin
"Nine" by Aryn Kyle
"Killing Rabbits" by Jen Michalski
Liliana by Maile Meloy
Joan Newburger "Death and Taxes" (story)
"Aperçus"by Charles Rammelkamp.
"The Dead Know Nothing," by Charles Rammelkamp.
Matt Schweiger A REALISTIC ASSESSMENT OF HOW MANY 12-YEAR-OLDS I COULD BEAT UP BEFORE THEY OVERTOOK ME" (story)\
"Reunion" by John Cheever
 "Starving Makes It Fat" by Kay Sexton
"The Armoire" by Kathryn Shaver
Diane Simmons' "Ticket" (story)
"Color of Sky" by Grant Tracey
"Temptation" by Eva White
 "1969" and  "Evenings with Dotson"  by Meredith Sue Willis , (Two stories that began with the same material)
"Tracks in the Snow" by Joyce Yarrow

 

Classic Short Fiction Online:

 

Borges, "The Secret Miracle."
Buck, Pearl S., "Old Demon
Chekhov, "The Lady with the Lapdog"
"Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin
"The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant
Susan Glaspell “A Jury of her Peers”
"The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
"Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville
I.B. Singer, "The Brooch"
James Thurber " The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

Why I Live at the P.O."  by Eudora Welty
William Carlos Williams "The Use of Force" or here.
"We Are At War" by John Birch:   Wonderful story of the beginning of a war and some of its unbloody but painful repercussions:

 

Classic Long Stories and Selections

Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer
Dickens Opening of Bleak House
George Eliot’s description of Hall Farm in Adam Bede
Gustave Flaubert's "Un Coeur Simple" (or, in English "A Simple Soul")
Henry James, opening of Portrait of a Lady
James Joyce “The Dead
Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" (long story)
Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilych

 

Poetry Online

A Bird Song
Christina Rossetti

 

It's a year almost that I have not seen her:
Oh, last summer green things were greener,
Brambles fewer, the blue sky bluer.
It's surely summer, for there's a swallow:
Come one swallow, his mate will follow,
The bird race quicken and wheel and thicken.
Oh happy swallow whose mate will follow
O'er height, o'er hollow! I'd be a swallow,
To build this weather one nest together.
 
Charles Bukowski "So You Want to Be a Writer"

 

More Recommended Prose

Short stories, unless otherwise stated.

Abbott, Megan             Bury Me Deep        (Angela Laurio)
Andersen, Hans Christian       "The Emperor's New Clothes"        (Mercedes )
Atwood, Margaret        "Happy Endings"        (Caylin Harris)
Bukowski, Charles        Factotum (novel)        (Michael Conway)
                                  "So You Want to be a Writer"        (poem)       (Rémy Renault)
Chandler, Raymond      The Big Sleep (novel)        (Angela Laurio)
Cheever, John              "The Country Husband"        (Liz Iannotti)
Chen, Denise               "Data Ecosystem Products"       (Diane Klein)
(http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/stories-week-2010%E2%80%932011/data-ecosystem-products)
Diaz, Junot                   "Ysrael"        (Mercedes )
Erdrich, Louise              The Years of My Birth        (Deb Gaisford)
Foer, Jonathan Safran    New Collection        (Mary Taylor)
Griffin, Joyce A.             "Michael Ryan"        (Angela Laurio)
Huai, Tai Dong               "Pencils"       (David Naistadt)
Ludlum, Robert              The Bourne Ultimatum (novel)        (David Naistadt)
Martin, Demitr                Who Am I        (Jason Borg)
       http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2011/02/28/110228sh_shouts_martin
Nabokov, Vladimir           Invitation to a Beheading (Novella)        (Daria Solovieva)
Poe, Edgar Allen            "The Tell Tale Heart"        (Neil James)
Shteyngart, Gary            "Lenny Hearts Eunice"       (Daria Solovieva)
Sorby, Angela                "The Crimson Tree"        (Neil James)
       http://www.npr.org/2011/02/09/133629476/the-crimson-tree
Tracey, Grant                 "Color of Sky"       (Jenny Stahl)
(Traditonal)                     "Goldilocks and the Three Bears"        (Diane Klein)
Varicella, Christopher      "Weiner Roast"        (Rémy Renault)

 


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