Books I Read in 1998 (82 titles)

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Absolute Power
Author: David Baldacci

Anything Considered
Author: Peter Mayle

Bonfire of the Vanities
Author: Tom Wolfe

The Book of Vices: A Collection of Classic Immoral Tales
Author: Robert J. Hutchinson, ed.

Bridge Over San Luis Rey
Author: Thornton Wilder

Bridget Jones’s Diary
Author: Helen Fielding

The Decameron (selections from…)
Author: Bocaccio

Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men
Author: Peter Cashorali

Follow Your Heart
Author: Suzanne Tamaro

The Game Is Afoot : Parodies, Pastiches and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Marvin Kaye, Editor

Gone is the Shame: A Compendium of Lesbian Erotica
Author: Marti Hohmann

Great Expectations
Author: Charles Dickens

Author: John Gardner

Here on Earth
Author: Alice Hoffman

History of Danish Dreams
Author: Peter Hoeg

The Lions of Al-Rassan
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

Author: Edward Rutherfurd

The Masqueraders
Author: Georgette Heyer

Memory Mambo
Author: Achy Obejas

Author: Ovid

Multiple Wounds
Author: Alan Russell

Mythology, Including the complete texts of The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, Legends of Charlemagne
Author: Thomas Bulfinch

The Partner
Author: John Grisham

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure : The ‘Good Parts’ Version, Abridged
Author: William Goldman

Sherlock Holmes – A Study in Scarlet
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – The Sign of the Four
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Valley of Fear
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – Return of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – His Last Bow
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes – The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee

Total Control
Author: David Baldacci

Unnatural Exposure
Author: Patricia Cornwell

Author: Anne Rice

The Warrior Returns – Anteros Series
Author: Allan Cole

The Winner
Author: David Baldacci

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Author: Gregory Maguire


Love Poetry
Author: John Stallworthy

Tao Te Ching (The Way of Life)
Author: Lao Tzu

The Wasteland
Author: T. S. Eliot


20 Years of Censored News
Author: Carl Jensen

Author: Edward Gorey

An Underground Education
Author: Richard Zachs

The Architecture Pack: A Pop-Up Book Of Architecture
Author: Ron Van Der Meer, Deyan Sudjic

Ars Erotica: An Arousing History of Erotic Art
Author: Edward Lucie-Smith

Athena: A Biography
Author: Lee Hall

Benet’s Readers Encyclopedia

The Best American Essays 1997
Author: Ian Frazier (Editor), Geoffrey C. Ward (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)

The Book of Kells : An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin
Author: Bernard Meehan

Breaking the Rules in Graphic Design
Author: Rockport Publishers

Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart & Rekindle the Spirit
Author: Jack Hansen, Victor Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life
Author: Georgene Lockwood

Creating Killer Web Sites
Author: David Seigel

The Day Diana Died
Author: Christopher P. Andersen

Diana, Princess of Wales: A Tribute in Photographs
Author: Michael O’Mara

Don’t Get Me Started
Author: Kate Clinton

Don’t Know Much About The Bible
Author: Kenneth C. Davis

Dorothy Parker: The Viking Portable Library
Author: Dorothy Parker

Family Outing
Author: Chastity Bono

Feng Shui Revealed
Author: R. D. Chin

Frugal Indugents: How to Cultivate Decadence When Your Age and Salary are Under 30
Author: Kera Bolonik, Jennifer Griffin

The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be: the 40 cultural trends transforming your job, your life, your world
Author: Vickie Abramson, Mary Meehan, Larry Samuel

The Gay Man’s Guide to Heterosexuality
Author: C. E. Crimmins, Tom O’Leary

The Gay Quote Book
Author: Brandon Judell

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence
Author: Gavin DeBecker

Goddess Wisdom: Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena
Author: Manuela Dunn Mascetti

Hoaxes! Dupes Dodges and Other Dastardly Deceptions
Author: Gordon Stein, Marie MacNee

It’s Not Over Until You Win!
Author: Les Brown

Letterhead and Logo Design 5
Author: Rockport Publishers

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Author: James V. Loewen

The Literary Companion to Sex
Author: Fiona Pitt-Kethley

Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor: Warrior Stars of Xena
Author: Nikki Stafford

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Author: John Berendt

Nutin’ But good Times Ahead
Author: Molly Ivins

The Simple Living Guide
Author: Janet Luhrs

The Sewing Circle: Hollywood’s Greatest Secret, Female Stars Who Loved Other Women
Author: Axel Madsen

Why People Believe Weird Things
Author: Michael Shermer

Xena : All I Need to Know I Learned from the Warrior Princess
Author: Josepha Sherman

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To His Coy Mistress

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Andrew Marvell
From the Book: The Complete Poems (Everyman’s Library Series)

Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find: I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood:
And you should if you please refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow.
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze.
Two hundred to adore each breast:
But thirty thousand to the rest.
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For lady, you deserve this state;
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s winged chariot hurrying near:
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserved virginity:
And your quaint honour turn to dust;
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think , do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may;
And now, like am’rous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour,
Than languish in his slow chapped power
Let us roll all our strength, and all
Our sweetness, up into one ball:
And tear our pleasures with rough strife,
Through the iron gates of life.
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

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The Lover’s Resolution

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George Wither
From the Book: A Book of Love Poetry, Jon Stallworthy, Editor

Shall I, wasting in despair,
Die because a woman’s fair?
Or my cheeks make pale with care
‘Cause another’s rosy are?
Be she fairer than the day
Or the flowery meads in May–
If she be not so to me,
What care I how fair she be?

Shall my foolish heart be pined
‘Cause I see a woman kind;
Or a well-disposed nature
Joined with a lovely feature?
Be she meeker, kinder than
Turtle-dove or pelican,
If she be not so to me,
What care I how kind she be?

Shall a woman’s virtues move
Me to perish for her love?
Or her merits’ value known
Make me quite forget my own?
Be she with that goodness blest
Which may gain her name of Best;
If she seem not so to me,
What care I how good she be?

‘Cause her fortune seems too high,
Shall I play the fool and die?
Those that bear a noble mind
Where they want of riches find,
Think that with them they would do
Who without them dare to woo;
And unless that mind I see,
What care I how great she be?

Great or good, or kind or fair,
I will ne’er the more despair;
If she love me, this believe,
I will die ere she shall grieve;
But if she slight me when I woo,
I can scorn and let her go;
For if she be not for me,
What care I for whom she be?

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Amy Lowell
From the Book: Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell

When I have baked white cakes
And grated green almonds to spread on them;
When I have picked the green crowns from the strawberries
And piled them, cone-pointed, in a blue and yellow platter;
When I have smoothed the seam of the linen I have been working;
What then?
To-morrow it will be the same:
Cakes and strawberries,
And needles in and out of cloth
If the sun is beautiful on bricks and pewter,
How much more beautiful is the moon,
Slanting down the gauffered branches of a plum-tree;
The moon
Wavering across a bed of tulips;
The moon,
Upon your face.
You shine, Beloved,
You and the moon.
But which is the reflection?
The clock is striking eleven.
I think, when we have shut and barred the door,
The night will be dark

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Amy Lowell
From the Book: Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell

When you came, you were like red wine and honey,
And the taste of you burnt my mouth with its sweetness.
Now you are like morning bread,
Smooth and pleasant.
I hardly taste you at all for I know your savour,
But I am completely nourished.

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Random House Modern Library Readers’ 100 Best Novels

In response to their list of 100 best novels, the Modern library let the readers respond with their favorite books. This list was derived from an online user poll conducted on the Modern Library web site from July 20 to October 20, 1998, during which 217,520 votes were cast.

**Note from Steph: Consider the first ten entries, and ask yourself if the internet culties weren’t overloading the Modern Library online poll with votes. Damned Scientologists! And, really, who the hell is Charles De Lint, the guy with something like twelve books that made this list? After awhile I just stopped linking to his books.

1. Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged

2. Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead

3. Hubbard, L. Ron. Battlefield Earth

4. Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord Of The Rings

5. Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird

6. Orwell, George. 1984

7. Rand, Ayn. Anthem

8. Rand, Ayn. We The Living

9. Hubbard, L. Ron. Mission Earth

10. Hubbard, L. Ron. Fear

11. Joyce, James. Ulysses

12. Heller, Joseph. Catch-22

13. Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby

14. Herbert, Frank. Dune

15. Heinlein, Robert. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

16. Heinlein, Robert. Stranger In A Strange Land

17. Shute, Nevil. A Town Like Alice

18. Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World

19. Salinger, J. D. The Catcher In The Rye

20. Orwell, George. Animal Farm

21. Pynchon, Thomas. Gravity’s Rainbow

22. Steinbeck, John. The Grapes Of Wrath

23. Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse Five

24. Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With The Wind

25. Golding, William. Lord Of The Flies

26. Schaefer, Jack. Shane

27. Shute, Nevil. Trustee From The Toolroom

28. Irving, John. A Prayer For Owen Meany

29. King, Stephen. The Stand

30. Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant’s Woman

31. Morrison, Toni. Beloved

32. Eddison, E. R. The Worm Ouroboros

33. Faulkner, William. The Sound And The Fury

34. Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita

35. De Lint, Charles. Moonheart

36. Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!

37. Maugham, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage

38. Flannery O’Connor. Wise Blood

39. Lowry, Malcolm. Under The Volcano

40. Davies, Robertson. Fifth Business

41. De Lint, Charles. Someplace To Be Flying

42. Kerouac, Jack. On The Road

43. Conrad, Joseph. Heart Of Darkness

44. De Lint, Charles. Yarrow

45. Lovecraft, H.P.. At The Mountains Of Madness

46. Spillane, Mickey. One Lonely Night

47. De Lint, Charles. Memory And Dream

48. Woolf, Virginia. To The Lighthouse

49. Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer

50. De Lint, Charles. Trader

51. Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

52. McCullers, Carson. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

53. Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale

54. McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian

55. Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange

56. Shute, Nevil. On The Beach

57. Joyce, James. A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

58. De Lint, Charles. Greenmantle

59. Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game

60. De Lint, Charles. The Little Country

61. Gaddis, William. The Recognitions

62. Heinlein, Robert. Starship Troopers

63. Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises

64. Irving, John. The World According To Garp

65. Bradbury, Ray. Something Wicked This Way Comes

66. Jackson, Shirley. The Haunting Of Hill House

67. Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying

68. Miller, Henry. Tropic Of Cancer

69. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man

70. Windling, Terri. The Wood Wife

71. Fowles, John. The Magus

72. Heinlein, Robert. The Door Into Summer

73. Pirsig, Robert. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance

74. Graves, Robert. I, Claudius

75. London, Jack. The Call Of The Wild

76. Flann O’Brien. At Swim-Two-Birds

77. Bradbury, Ray. Farenheit 451

78. Lewis, Sinclair. Arrowsmith

79. Adams, Richard. Watership Down

80. Burroughs, William S.. Naked Lunch

81. Clancy, Tom. The Hunt For Red October

82. Hamilton, Laurell K.. Guilty Pleasures

83. Heinlein, Robert. The Puppet Masters

84. King, Stephen. It

85. Thomas Pynchon. V.

86. Heinlein, Robert. Double Star

87. Heinlein, Robert. Citizen Of The Galaxy

88. Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited

89. Faulkner, William. Light In August

90. Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

91. Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell To Arms

92. Bowles, Paul. The Sheltering Sky

93. Kesey, Ken. Sometimes A Great Notion

94. Cather, Willa. My Antonia

95. De Lint, Charles. Mulengro

96. McCarthy, Cormac. Suttree

97. Holdstock, Robert. Mythago Wood

98. Bach, Richard. Illusions

99. Davies, Robertson. The Cunning Man

100. Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses

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Random House Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels

In 1998 the Modern Library, a division of Random House, New York, released this list of ‘the 100 best novels written in the English language and published since 1900.’ The jurors were Daniel J. Boorstin, A.S. Byatt, Christopher Cerf, Shelby Foote, Vartan Gregorian, Edmund Morris, John Richardson, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., William Styron, and Gore Vidal.

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Top 10 Things To Say About A Holiday Gift You Don’t Like

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10. Hey! There’s a gift.

9. Well, well, well…

8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes, that would’ve fit.

7. Perfect for wearing in the basement.

6. Gosh, I hope this never catches fire!

5. If the dog buries it, I’ll be furious!

4. I Love it, but I fear the jealousy it will inspire.

3. Sadly, tomorrow I enter the federal witness protection program.

2. To think I got this the year I vowed to give all my gifts to charity.

1. I really don’t deserve this.

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