Alix Ohlin's Top Ten List

Congratulations to Alix Ohlin (O-lean), who has two books on Oprah’s Summer Reading List: the short story collection “Signs and Wonders” and the novel “Inside.”

  Alix Ohlin’s Top Ten List

  1. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961).

  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925).

  3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847).

  4. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges (1944).

  5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1994).

6. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (1920).

7. Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers (1935).

8. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (1925).

9. The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien (1967).

10. Daybook: The Journey of an Artist by Anne Truitt (1982).

 

 

New List

Siri Hustvedt

1.Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847).
2. Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667).
3. Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871–72).
4. Either/Or: A Fragment of Life by Søren Kierkegaard (1843).
5. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817).
6. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (1864–65).
7. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (1927).
8. Stories of Franz Kafka (1883–1924).
9. The Golden Bowl by Henry James (1904).
10. Sorry, but I resist. This one could be Cervantes, Dostoyevsky, O’Connor, Proust, Tolstoy, Wharton, Dante, Bachman, or an eccentric choice, chosen because it is a book so spectacularly ignored, that brilliant small novel by Djuna Barnes, Nightwood.

 

Classic List

Paul Auster

 

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605, 1615).
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (1869).
3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851).
4. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1866).
5. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (1913–27).
6. Ulysses by James Joyce (1922).
7. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850).
8. The Castle by Franz Kafka (1926).
9. Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable, a trilogy by Samuel Beckett (1951–54).
10. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1759–67).

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