I was “challenged” by a good, well-meaning soul to dump a bucket of books over my head for reasons I cannot fathom. I think that was it. I lose track of the fads. This one involved listing ten books that “stuck with me”, which I take to mean (at my age) I am capable of remembering the title of. Contrary to and in spite of my incurably deep-seated superstition about chain letters, I decided this would be a fun exercise (struggle) for my dwindling mental capacities. Here they are, only vaguely in the order I might have read them.
Timothy Hurley's favorite books:
Huckleberry Finn Twain
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway E. Hemingway
The Complete Short Stories of O. Henry O. Henry
The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Catcher in the Rye Salinger
The Trial Kafka
Animal Farm Orwell
Lord of the Flies Golding
On the Beach Schute
Schlesinger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease
Edgar Allen Poe: A Critical Biography Quinn
The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind Jaynes
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Isaacson
Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist Desmond and Moore
Generations Strauss and Howe
Shock Doctrine Klein
New York Rutherford
The Great Bridge McCoullogh
Up in the Old Hotel Mitchell
A Meaningful Life Davis
Motherless Brooklyn Lethem
Okay, that’s more than ten. What do you want from me? I’m an old man. Even this list will change with my mood and capacity to remember.
Actually, every book, every short story, every magazine article I read creates a new me in my head. And provides me with seemingly unconscious material when I write. I am as grateful to all those writings and writers in my unremembered past as I am to the authors of the books above.
As I said, I do not participate in chain letters (I think it was nuns who put me off them.) so in lieu of a list of names, I’ll invite anyone who reads books to list their favorites. With the exception it would give an old man pleasure to annoy Buzz Malone, author of Silence of Centerville, raiser of Iowa goats and mules, bon vivant with the dare he take time from his busy schedule to list his favorite books.
Thanks for reading.