Ideal Bookshelf


Larry Lessig’s ideal bookshelf

Books that may be on my “ideal bookshelf”:

  • Blindness, by Jose Saramago. Incredible read – I not only love his style, but also the way he goes about revealing human nature in a post-apocalyptic setting.
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Since reading it in high school English class, this is always a book I talk about as if the characters were real, and somewhat perfect in their own ways.
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe. I think I read this book a little too late in life – I had already gone through most of college. Or maybe the timing was just right so to not colour my own experience? Maybe not the most eloquently written work, but it paints a very vivid picture of the All-American college experience.
  • The Kidney-Shaped Stone That Moves Every Day, by Haruki Murakami. Sobering, visceral, and bittersweet.
  • Welcome to the Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut. Probably the collection that started my love affair with short stories. These are funny, striking, and thoughtful.
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Between this and Watership Down, it’s a close call which one is the best animal fiction. The scale tips in Animal Farm’s favor because of its amazing one-liners. (“Four legs good, two legs bad”, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”, etc.)
  • Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, by Vincent Lam. Canadian Asian doctor turned writer pens a collection of short stories about over-achieving med students. The similarities are astounding.
  • Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri. A Barnard grad who writes painfully honest stories about first- and second-generation immigrants.

What are some books on your “ideal bookshelf”?

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