Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book

I heard this report first that a student from UMass Dartmouth had received a visit from the Department of Homeland Security after reserving a copy of Mao Tse-Tung’s “Little Red Book” of quotes through inter-library loan.
My initial impulse was to buy a copy of the book to see what would happen. Thankfully, I didn’t, because later I read on Boing Boing that the story was suspicious and that maybe all the elements of it didn’t add up.
If I’d ordered a copy of the book and nobody showed up, then I’d have a copy of the dumb old book lying around taking up room for no reason. Which made me wonder why DHS couldn’t investigate something more fun. Maybe I should start a rumor that there are secret hidden messages in the DVDs for the First Season of Fraggle Rock, or that page 28 of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists has a hidden code that unlocks the secrets of the Pyramids. Or maybe that the Xbox game Destroy All Humans is REALLY about destroying all humans. Then I could buy one of them, enjoy myself, and still prepare to have men in black over for tea. I’m sure DAH is a two-player game. Those guys must practice on first-person shooters, right?
UPDATE: It appears that the story about visits from DHS may not really be a hoax. Huh. Maybe I shouldn’t be making jokes about it, then.
UPDATE: It was a hoax.

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Books I Read in 2003 (34 Titles)


American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman

Between Girlfriends
Author: Elizabeth Dean

Charity Girl
Author: Georgette Heyer

The DaVinci Code
Author: Dan Brown

The Friendly Persuasion
Author: Jessamyn West

Jeeves In the Morning
Author: P.G. Wodehouse

Johnny Tremain
Author: Esther Forbes

Just Like Beauty
Author: Lisa Lerner

Life of Pi: A Novel
Yann Martel; Hardcover

McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales
Author: Edited by Michael Chabon

Author: Neil Gaiman

Postern of Fate
Author: Agatha Christie

Revolutionary Girl Utena: To Plant
Author: Chiho Saito, Be-Papas

The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd

Author: Michael Chabon

Non – Fiction

100 Simple Secrets of Great Relationships
Author: David Niven, Ph.D.

ASPCA’s Complete Guide to Cats
Author: James R. Richards

Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide
Author: Eric A. Meyer

The Complete Guide to Personal and Home Safety
Author: Captain Robert L. Snow

Dear Friends: American Portraits of Men Together, 1840-1918
Author: David Dietcher

Designing with Web Standards
Author: Jeffrey Zeldman

The Dollhouse Murders: A Forensic Expert Investigates 6 Little Crimes
Author: Thomas Mauriello

Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution
Author: Dr. Atkins

Ghosts In The Bedroom: A Guide for Partners of Incest Survivors
Author: Ken Graber

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
Author: tom tomorrow

Indiana Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities, and Other Offbeat Stuff
by Dick Wolfsie

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look At The Right
Author: Al Franken

Living History
Author: Hillary Clinton

Living Rooms
Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks

Outgrowing the Pain: A Book For and About Adults Abused As Children
Author: Eliana Gil

Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper Case Closed
Author: Patricia Cornwell

Slayer Slang: A Buffy The Vampire Slayer Lexicon
Author: Michael Adams, Jane Espenson

They Went Whistling: Women Wayfarers, Warriors, Runaways, and Renegades
Author: Barbara Holland

What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News
Author: Eric Alterman

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Mad Tea Party

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From Alice in Wonderland:

The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was, “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”
“Come, we shall have some fun now!” thought Alice. “I’m glad they’ve begun asking riddles.–I believe I can guess that,” she added aloud.
“Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?” said the March Hare.
“Exactly so,” said Alice.
“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.”
“Not the same thing a bit!” said the Hatter. “You might just as well say that ‘I see what I eat’ is the same thing as ‘I eat what I see’!”
“You might just as well say,” added the March Hare, “that ‘I like what I get’ is the same thing as ‘I get what I like’!”
“You might just as well say,” added the Dormouse, who seemed to be talking in his sleep, “that ‘I breathe when I sleep” is the same thing as ‘I sleep when I breathe’!”
“It is the same thing with you,” said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much.

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Selections from the Oprah Book Club or Episodes of Magnum P.I.?

1. Death of the Flowers
2. River, Cross My Heart
3. The Arrow That Is Not Aimed
4. Songs in Ordinary Time
5. Going Home
6. Stones from the River
7. Echoes Of The Mind
8. A Lesson Before Dying
9. Let Me Hear The Music
10. The Pilot’s Wife
11. Did You See the Sunrise?
12. Drowning Ruth
13. Open House
14. Autumn Warrior
15. Back Roads

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Tipping the Velvet

If you haven’t read the book, you should. It’s delicious. But short of that, catch the three-part mini-series on BBCAmerica, starting Friday, May 23rd at 10 p.m. I’m buying a new video tape just for the occasion. I have the DVD now.

“A lavish tale of life and lesbian love in 19th-century London. Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling) falls in love with captivating performer, Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes). They move to London and begin a romance, but Kitty has a terrible secret.”

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Books I Read in 2000 (59 titles)

All the books I read in 2000. Click on a title to purchase it from

Benet’s Readers Encyclopedia
Author: Harper and Row Publishers: New York, 1987.
I’ve been reading this reference encyclopedia from front to back (wierd, I know); I’ve finished from Letter A to K.


A Letter of Mary: A Mary Russell Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King

Author: Sarah Waters

Angela’s Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt

The Archivist
Author: Martha Cooley

At Home in Mitford
Author: Jan Karon

Black Ajax
Author: George MacDonald Fraser

Carry On, Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

e: A Novel
Author: Matt Beaumont
A very fun little novel entirely of composed of fictional e-mails inside a fictional ad agency in London. Despite the almost total incompetence and scheming of most of the staff of the ad agency, they have a bid on one of the largest campaigns ever; a Coca-Cola promo. I was tempted to start labeling the characters with people from work, but as the novel progressed, I was really afraid to. The best part, though, is the author bio: “Matt Beaumont worked at several London advertising firms before he sold his first novel. In anticipation of the publication of in the United States and United Kingdom in Fall 2000, he is taking a break from corporate life.” I’d imagine that he has to!

Author: Georgette Heyer

The Golden Compass
Author: Phillip Pullman

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Author: J.K. Rowling

The Inimitable Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth
Author: F. C. Ware
A beautifully illustrated hard-bound cartoon book, it tells the story of Jimmy Corrigan, an Irish kid from Chicago going to visit his estranged father. I bought it because I’ve seen other work by Ware, mostly book jackets, and it’s an amazing illustration. The story is very depressing though; it bounces back and forth from the modern day Jimmy to his grandfather’s (also named Jimmy) story of his relationship with his father. These stories, interlaced with dream states, fantasy tangents, and diagrams (including a cut out 3-D assembly of the elder Jimmy’s childhood home) are a very entertaining if disturbing read.

Killing Time
Author: Caleb Carr

The Late Mr. Shakespeare
Author: Robert Nye

The Moor: A Mary Russell Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King

Author: Virginia Woolf

The Phantom Tollbooth
Author: Norman Juster
Milo’s a cynical little kid with nothing to do, until a tollbooth appears in his bedroom one day, and he hops in his car, rides through it, and finds himself in a kingdom where, with the help of a large ticking dog and an equally cynical bug, he becomes responsible for rescuing the princesses Rhyme and Reason to save the kingdom. That’ll learn him to be cynical and bored.

The Queen’s Man
Author: Sharon Kay Penman

Right Ho, Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

Sailing to Sarantium
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay

Author: Edward Rutherfurd
Like the book London, this novel takes several English families through their whole family trees from the Ice Age up to modern day England. As they build, tear down, lose and then unearth and misinterpret their heritages, we get to see the history of the island, the hubris and humility of mankind, the triumph and sorrow of good and bad people, and the inescapable stamp of their ancestors on their faces and personalities.

Very Good, Jeeves
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
The classic story of the hapless Bertie Wooster and his dazzlingly efficient manservant Jeeves.

Wheel of Time Series – The Eye of the World [Book 1]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – The Great Hunt [Book 2]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wheel of Time Series – The Dragon Reborn [Book 3]
Author: Robert Jordan

Wilma Loves Betty: And Other Hilarious Lesbian Parodies
Editors: Julie Trevelyan, Scott Brassart

Wrong Information is Being Given Out at Princeton: The Chronicle of One of the Strangest Stories Ever to Be Rumoured About Around New York
Author: J. P. Donleavy

Non – Fiction

The Activist’s Handbook: A Primer for the 1990s and Beyond
Author: Randy Shaw

Ancient Mysteries
Author: Peter James and Nick Thorpe

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Watcher’s Guide
Authors: Christopher Golden, Nancy Holder

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Monster Book
Author: Christopher Golden, Stephen R. Bissette, Thomas E. Sniegoski

The Cluetrain Manifesto
Author: Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger

The Culture Jam: The Uncooling of America
Author: Kalle Lasn
“Lasn views contemporary existence as one in which people have almost entirely succumbed to the cultural mandates of consumer capitalism, turning to corporations for guidance about how to look and what to desire.” I agree with him about most of these ideas – and I think this is a very important book. Some of Lasn’s logic stumbles here and there, and needs further analysis and study, but from and intuitive perspective, I think he’s on to something.

Curse of Madame C: A Far Side Collection
Author: Gary Larson

Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity
Author: Jakob Nielsen

Do What I Say: Ms. Behavior’s Guide to Gay and Lesbian Etiquette
Author: Meryl Cohn

Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy, and Sexual Satisfaction
Author: Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller

Flash 4 for Windows and Macintosh
Author: Katherine Ulrich

Foster Child: an Intimate Biography of Jodie Foster
Author: Buddy Foster and Leon Wagener
A(n unauthorized?) biography of Jodie Foster by her erstwhile brother Buddy. A somewhat embarrassing book to read, partly because you feel like a voyeur, and partly because you feel strange about the confessional nature of her brother’s story. It also seems to be told through a glass darkly, as though Buddy doesn’t really have all that much contact with his sister, or rather that he does but she doesn’t talk much when she’s around. I read it because I’ve always thought that Jodie was somewhat of an enigma; even when she’s onscreen, there always seems to be a part of her that isn’t there. The book didn’t enlighten me much.

The Frailty Myth
Author: Colette Dowling

Heroes Rogues and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior
Author: James McBride Dabbs, Mary Godwin Dabbs
This book seemed balanced and well-researched. They observed not just men, but the effects of testosterone on both men and women, and the consequences for both sexes of having high or low testosterone, as well as the positive and negative effects having high testosterone has on men and women. It was also interesting to read how testosterone interacts with other hormones, like serotonin. Their conclusions were consistent with human behavior I’ve observed. I think it would be fascinating to do a similar study on the effects of estrogen; perhaps there’s already a book.

Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
Author: Bill Watterson

In The Groove: Vintage Record Graphics 1940-1960
Author: Eric Kohler

Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong
Author: James W. Loewen

The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar: Solving the Oak Island Mystery
Author: Steve Sora
A worthless book that ultimately founders on the rocks of “unreadability,” I’m only linking it to Amazon for consistency’s sake, not as a suggestion that you should actually buy it. It spins out a mass of conspiracy theories about a mysterious lost treasure of the Knights of Templar and about a mysterious well/munitions dump/buried treasure vault on Oak Island in Nova Scotia. The theories are as implausible as they are contradictory and illogical. The gist of them is that a) Christ didn’t die on the cross, b) Christ DID die on the cross but left a child in the womb of Mary Magdalene, c) Mary Magdalene and her child, and perhaps Christ himself, went to live in the south of France, where they and their decendants were protected by the Knights Templar who planned to put them on the papal throne or maybe the throne of Jerusalem, d) the Knights Templar took their treasure and the secret lineage of Christ and the holy Grail and the Spear of Longinus to Scotland when they were persecuted in France, e) the Scots explored the North American mainland centuries before the Vikings and built settlements there, f)The Scots buried the treasure of the Templars, the Grail, the spear, the lineage of Christ and several pink elephants in a fantastically engineered vault on Oak Island, planning to return for it later or to just leave it there, or something, g) all attempts to excavate the Oak Island vault have been cursed, h) although the vault is elaborately booby-trapped to flood, the constructors left several markers urging on excavators.

May I Kiss You On The Lips, Miss Sandra?
Author: Sandra Bernhard

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions
Author: Elizabeth Webber and Mike Feinsilber
It’s a reference book, but it was a nice read, not too long, and I learned the origins of many expressions I didn’t already know.

Never Be Lied to Again: How to Get the Truth in 5 Minutes or Less in Any Conversation or Situation
Author: David J. Lieberman

The Onion’s Finest News Reporting
Author: The Onion

Pope-Pourri: Little-Known Facts You May Not Remember from Sunday School
Author: John Dollison

The Portable Pundit: A Crash Course in Cocktail Party Conversation
Author: T. E. Krieger

The Queen of Whale Cay
Author: Kate Summerscale

Singing For Your Supper: Entertaining Ways to Be a Perfect Guest
Author: Edith Hazard

Snowmen: Snow Creatures, Crafts, and Other Winter Projects
Author: Frankie Frankeny (Photographer), Peter Cole, Leslie Jonath

Strange Sisters: The Art of Lesbian Pulp Fiction 1949-1969
Author: Jaye Zimet

Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton
Author: Diane Wood Middlebrook

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap
Author: Stephanie Coontz

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Author: Spencer Johnson

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Books I Read in 1999 (81 Titles)

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Fiction (43 Titles)

Amazons: Erotic Explorations of Ancient Myths
Author: Tammy Jo Eckhart

Author: Ian McEwan

Angels and Insects
Author: A. S. Byatt

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: A Mary Russell Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King

Black Moth
Author: Georgette Heyer

The Corinthian
Author: Georgette Heyer

Damascus Gate
Author: Robert Stone

Delta of Venus
Author: Anais Nin

Devil’s Cub
Author: Georgette Heyer

The End of Alice
Author: A. M. Holmes

The Extra Man
Author: Johnathan Ames

False Colours
Author: Georgette Heyer

Fight Club
Author: Chuck Palahniuk

The Five-Minute Mysteries Reader
Author: Ken Weber

The Foundling
Author: Georgette Heyer

Author: Mary Shelley

Grimm’s Grimmest
Author: Jacob Grimm, ed.

Pistols for Two
Author: Georgette Heyer

Regency Buck
Author: Georgette Heyer

I Capture the Castle
Author: Dodie Smith

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Author: J. K. Rowling
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J. K. Rowling

Hers 3 : Brilliant New Fiction by Lesbian Writers
Author: Terry Wolverton, Editor

The Intuitionist
Author: Colson Whitehead

Love in a Dead Language
Author: Lee Siegel

Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen

Midnight’s Children
Author: Salman Rushdie

A Monsterous Regiment of Women: A Mary Russell Mystery
Author: Laurie R. King

My Uncle Oswald
Author: Roald Dahl

Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen

Point of Origin
Author: Patricia Cornwell

The Power of Three (Based on the TV Series Charmed)
Author: Eliza Willard

The Reader
Author: Bernhard Schlink, Carol Brown Janeway

Riven Rock
Author: T. C. Boyle

The Simple Truth
Author: David Baldacci

The Sopranos
Author: Alan Warner

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
Author: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The Street Lawyer
Author: John Grisham

Squids will be Squids: Fresh Morals Beastly Fables
Author: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Tijuana Bibles
Author: Bob Adelman, Richard Merkin, Art Spiegelman

Tipping the Velvet
Author: Sarah Waters

The Westing Game
Author: Ellen Raskin

Non – Fiction (38 titles)

1,000 Years, 1,000 People: Ranking the Men and Women Who Shaped the Millennium
Author: Agnes Hooper Gottlieb, Henry Gottlieb, Barbara Bowers, bren Bowers, Brent Bowers

Alien Art: Extraterrestrial Expressions on Earth
Author: Sarah Moran

Aimee and Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943
Author: Erica Fischer, Edna McCown (Translator)

Athene: Image and Energy
Author: Ann Shearer

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photoshop 5
Author: Robert Stanley

Dancing Queen: The Lusty Adventures of Lisa Crystal Carver
Author: Lisa Crystal Carver

Diagram Graphics: The World’s Best Graphs, Charts, Maps and Technical Illustrations (Diagram Graphics, Vol 3)

Designing Web Graphics.3
Author: Lynda Weinman

Digital Darwinism: 7 Breakthrough Business Strategies for Surviving in the Cutthroat Business Economy
Author: Evan I. Schwartz

An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England
Author: Venetia Murray

The Elgin Affair: The Abduction of Antiquity’s Greatest Treasures and the Passions It Aroused
Author: Theodore Vrettos

Everything You Pretend to Know and Are Afraid Someone Will Ask You
Author: Lynette Padwa

The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation
Author: Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky

Frommer’s Guide to San Francisco
Author: Arthur Frommer

How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Michael J. Gelb

The Instant Intellectual – The Quick and Easy Guide to Sounding Smart and Cultured
Author: Norah Vincent & Chad Conway

Legends, Lies, & Cherished Myths of American History
Author: Richard Shenkman

Lesbianism Made Easy
Author: Helen Eisenbach

The Literature Lover’s Book of Lists: Serious Trivia for the Bibliophile
Author: Judie L. H. Strouf

Lord Elgin and the Marbles
Author: William St. Clair

The Mammoth Book of Historical Erotica
Author: Maxim Jakubowski, ed.

The Mistresses of King George IV
Author: M. J. Levy

Monica’s Story
Author: Andrew Morton

Now All We Need Is a Title: Famous Book Titles and How They Got That Way
Author: Andre Bernard

Our Dumb Century
Author: The Onion

Prince of Pleasure: George IV and the Making of the Regency
Author: Saul David

The Prince of Pleasure and his Regency, 1811-20
Author: J. B. Priestley

The Reader’s Companion
Author: Fred Bratman and Scott Lewis

Real Places: An Unconventional Guide to America’s Generic Landscape
Author: Grady Clay

A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals and Misbehavior in Modern America
Author: Mark Caldwell

So You Want to be a Lesbian: A Guide for Amateurs and Professionals
Author: Liz Tracey, Sydney Pokorny

Thought Contagion: How Belief Spreads Through Society
Author: Aaron Lynch

Using Design Basics to Get Creative Results
Author: Bryan L Peterson

What Are the 7 Wonders of the World? And 100 Other Great Cultural Lists, Fully Explicated
Author: Peter D’Epiro, Mary Desmond Pinkowish, Desmond D’Epiro

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew
Author: Daniel Pool

What Life Was Like In the Age of Chivalry: Medieval Europe Ad 800-1500
Author: Time-Life Books

Woe Is I
Author: Patricia T. O’Conner

The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England
Author: Kristine Hughes

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Random House Modern Library Catalog

“The Modern Library has played a significant role in American cultural life for the better part of a century. The series was founded in 1917 by the publishers Boni and Liveright and eight years later acquired by Bennet Cerf and Donald Klopfer. It provided the foundation for their next publishing venture, Random House. The Modern Library has been a staple of the American book trade, providing readers with affordable hardbound editions of important works of literature and thought.

The list below is the catalog as of March 1999, consisting of about 250 titles.

Adair, Virginia Hamilton. Ants on the Melon

Adams, Henry. The Education of Henry Adams

Alcott, Louisa May. Modern Magic

Alighieri, Dante. Inferno

Alighieri, Dante. Paradiso

Alighieri, Dante. Purgatorio

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg Ohio

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio

Angell, Roger, ed. Nothing But You

Aristotle. Rhetoric and Poetics

Austen, Jane. Complete Novels of Jane Austen V 1

Austen, Jane. Complete Novels of Jane Austen V 2

Austen, Jane. Emma

Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park

Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey

Austen, Jane. Persuasion

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility

Bradley, Omar. A Soldier’s Story

Baldwin, James. Fire Next Time

Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On the Mountain

Balzac, Honore de. Lost Illusions

Bausch, Richard. Selected Stories Of Richard Bausch

Beardsley, Monroe C.. European Philosophers from Descartes to Nietzsche

Beerbohm, Max. Zuleika Dobson

Boorstin, Daniel J.. Daniel J. Boorstin Reader

Borges, Jorge Luis. Labyrinths

Bronte, Anne. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre Tiein Edition

Bronte, Charlotte. The Professor

Bronte, Charlotte. Shirley

Bronte, Charlotte. Villette

Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights

Bulfinch, Thomas. Bulfinch’s Mythology

Bulfinch, Thomas. Bulfinch’s Mythology Audio

Cupid and Pysche and Other fables

Burckhardt, Jacob. The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy

Burton, Richard. The Arabian Nights

Burtt, Edwin A.. English Philosophers From Bacon to Mill

Butler, Samuel. The Way of All Flesh

Calisher, Hortense. The Novellas of Hortense Calisher

Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Capote, Truman. A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & A Thanksgiving Visitor

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood

Cather, Willa. Death Comes for the Archbishop

Cather, Willa. My Antonia

Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote

Chandler, Raymond. Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely

Chaucer, Geoffrey. Canterbury Tales

Foote, Anton Chekhov edited by Shelby. Early Short Stories

Foote, Anton Chekhov edited by Shelby. Later Short Stories

Chekhov, Anton. Longer Stories from the Last Decade

Chopin, Kate. Awakening and Other Stories

Colette, Rossant. Bella Vista

Colette, Rossant. My Mother’s House and Sido

Confucius. Wisdom of Confucius

Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness/Youth/Typhoon

Conrad, Joseph. Nostromo

Conrad, Joseph. The Secret Agent

Cozzens, James Gould. Guard of Honor

Crane, Stephen. Red Badge of Courage

Crane, Stephen. Red Badge of Courage Audio

Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage

Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders BBC tie-in edition

Donne, John. Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne

Donne, John. Going to Bed and Other Poems

Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species

Darwin, Charles. Origin of the Species

Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders

Dickens, Charles. American Notes

Dickens, Charles. Christmas Carol & Other Stories

Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield

Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend

Dickens, Charles. Tale of Two Cities

Dickinson, Emily. Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa

Dinesen, Isak. Seven Gothic Tales

Doctorow, E.L.. Ragtime

Lincoln, Abraham. The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Best Short Stories of Dostoyevsky

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Brothers Karamozov

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie

Dryden, John. Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans V 1

Dryden, John. Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans V 2

Bois, W. E. B. Du. Souls Of Black Folk

Dumas, Alexandre. Count of Monte Cristo

Einstein, Albert. Ideas and Opinions

Eliot, George. Middlemarch

Ellison, Ralph. Collected Essays

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Selected Writings

Exley, Frederick. A Fan’s Notes

Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!

Faulkner, William. Go Down Moses

Faulkner, William. Selected Short Stories

Faulkner, William. Sound and the Fury

Faulkner, William. Three Novels of the Snopes Family

Faulkner, William. Wild Palms

Feynman, Richard. Character of Physical Law

Fielding, Henry. Tom Jones

Fielding, H.. Tom Jones

Fitzgerald, Scott. This Side of Paradise

Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary

Foote, Shelby. Beleaguered City

Foote, Shelby. Gettysburg

Foote, Shelby. Stars In Their Courses

Forman, Sir Denis. A Night at the Opera

Forster, E. M.. Room With A View/Howards End

Fowles, John. The Magus

Freud, Sigmund. Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud

Freud, Sigmund. Interpretations of Dreams

Gibbon, Edward. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire V 1

Gibbon, Edward. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire V 2

Gibbon, Edward. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire V 3

Godolphin, Francis. Great Classical Myths

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang. Sorrows of Young Werther

Gogol, Nikolai. Dead Souls

Grant, Ulysses S.. Personal Memoirs

Graves, Robert. I, Claudius

Greene, Graham. Quiet American

Hansberry, Lorraine. Raisin In The Sun

Hardy, Thomas. Collected Novels V 1

Hardy, Thomas. Collected Novels V 2

Hardy, Thomas. Return of the Native

Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the d’Urbervilles

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Complete Novels and Selected Tales V 1

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Complete Novels and Selected Tales V 2

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Hawthorne Treasury

Holbrooke, Richard. To End a War

Hugo, Victor. Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables

Irving, John. The World According to Garp

Jacobs, Jane. Death and Life of Great American Cities

James, Henry. Washington Square

James, Henry. Wings of the Dove

James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience

Jefferson, Thomas. Life and Selected Writings

Jewett, Sarah Orne. Country of The Pointed Firs

Jose, F. Sionil. Dusk

Joyce, James. Dubliners

Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Joyce, James. Ulysses

Jung, Carl G.. Basic Writings

Kafka, Franz. Selected Short Stories

Kant, Emanuel. Philosophy of Emanuel Kant

Keats, John. Complete Poems of Keats

Kempton, Murray. Part of Our Time

Kidder, Tracy. The Soul of a New Machine

Lao Tzu. Tao Te Ching

Lawrence, D.H.. Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lawrence, D.H.. Sons and Lovers

Levi-Strauss, Claude. Tristes Tropiques

Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street

Liebling, A. J.. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris

Liebling, A.J.. The Road Back to Paris

London, Jack. The Call of the Wild, White Fang & To Build a Fire

Mailer, Norman. Executioner’s Song

Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte d’Arthur

Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte D’Arthur

Mandelstam, Nadezhda. Hope Against Hope

Mann, Thomas. Death In Venice

Mann, Thomas. Dr. Faustus

Mann, Thomas. Magic Mountain

Maugham, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage

Maxwell, William. They Came Like Swallows

McCullers, Carson. Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

McKeon, Richard. Introduction to Aristotle

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick

Melville, Herman. Moby Dick

Melville, Herman. Piazza Tales

Robinson, E.A.. The Poetry of E.A. Robinson

Miller, Henry. Tropic of Cancer

Mitchell, Joseph. Bottom of the Harbor

Mitchell, Joseph. Joe Gould’s Secret

Mitford, Nancy. Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate

Murasaki, Lady. Tale of Genji

Murray, Albert. South to a Very Old Place

Naipaul, V.S.. A Bend in the River

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Basic Writings of Nietzsche

Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Norris, Frank. McTeague

O’Hara, John. Appointment in Samarra

O’Hara, John. Novellas of John O’Hara

O’Hara, John. A Rage to Live

O’Hara, John. We’ll Have Fun

O’Neill, Eugene. Nine Plays by Eugene O’Neill

Thompson, Hunter S.. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories

Henry, O.. Best Short Stories: O. Henry

Review, The Paris. Beat Writers at Work

Parker, Dorothy. Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker

Parkman, Francis. Montcalm and Wolfe

Percy, Walker. The Last Gentleman

Perret, Geoffrey. Ulysses S. Grant

Plato. Symposium

Plimpton, George, ed. The Writer’s Chapbook

Poe, Edgar Allen. The Raven and the Monkey’s Paw

Poe, Edgar Allen. Complete Tales and Poems

Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider

Prescott, William H.. The History of the Conquest of Mexico

Prescott, William H.. The History of the Conquest of Peru

Pritchett, V. S.. Cab at the Door and Midnight Oil

Pritchett, V. S.. The Pritchett Century Selected and with a Foreward by Oliver Pritchett

Pritchett, V.S.. The Pritchett Century

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time, Volume II

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time, Volume III

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time: V 1 Swann’s Way

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time: V 2 Within a Budding Grove

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time: V 3 Guermantes Way

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time: V 4 Sodom and Gomorrah

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time: V 5 Captive/The Fugitive

Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time: V 6 Time Regained/Guide to Proust

Proust, Marcel. Swann’s Way

Reed, John Avalon. Collected Works of John Reed

Rilke, Rainer Maria. Ahead of All Parting: The Selected Poetry and Prose

Roosevelt, Theodore. Hunting Trips of a Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter

Roosevelt, Theodore. Hunting Trips of a Ranchman & The Wilderness Hunter

Roosevelt, Theodore. The Naval War of 1812

Ross, Lillian. Picture

Roth, Philip. Goodbye Columbus

Salter, James. Sport and a Pastime

Scott, Sir Walter. Ivanhoe

Shakespeare, William. Complete Comedies of Shakespeare

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet

Shakespeare, William. Histories and Poems of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare, William. King Lear

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth

Shakespeare, William. Othello

Shakespeare, William. Tragedies of William Shakespeare

Steiner, Mary Shelley with an introduction by Wendy. Frankenstein

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Complete Poems of Shelley

Smith, Adam. Wealth of Nations

Smith, Thorne. Topper

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. Cancer Ward

Augustine, St.. City of God

Stein, Gertrude. Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

Stendhal. The Charterhouse of Parma

Stendhal. Red and the Black

Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy and A Sentimental Journey

Stoker, Bram. Dracula

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Styron, William. Confessions of Nat Turner

Styron, William. Sophie’s Choice

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels

Tanenhaus, Sam. Whittaker Chambers

Tarkington, Booth. The Magnificent Ambersons

Taylor, Peter. Old Forest & Other Stories

Thompson, Hunter S.. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Other American Stories

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Other Writings

Thurber, James. Thurber Carnival

Thurman, Wallace. Infants of the Spring

Tobias, Andrew. Best Little Boy in the World

Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina

Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace

Tomkins, Calvin. Living Well Is the Best Revenge

Toomer, Jean. Cane

Trollope, Anthony. The Way We Live Now

Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark. Diary of Adam and Eve

Twain, Mark. Life on the Mississippi

Vidal, Gore. 1876

Vidal, Gore. Burr

Vidal, Gore. Empire

Vidal, Gore. Hollywood

Vidal, Gore. Lincoln

Vidal, Gore. Lincoln

Vidal, Gore. Washington, D.C.

Voltaire, Francois. Candide and Philosophical Letters

Wagner, Phyllis. Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural

Walton, Izaak. The Compleat Angler

Walton, Isaak. The Compleat Angler

Wells, H. G.. Island of Dr. Moreau

Welty, Eudora. Selected Stories of Eudora Welty

West, Nathanael. Miss Lonelyhearts and The Day of the Locust

Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith. New York Novels, with Foreword by Louis Auchincloss

Wheeler, Sara. Terra Incognita

Wheeler, Sara. Travels in a Thin Country

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass

Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde, Oscar. Picture of Dorian Grey

Wilde, Oscar. Salome

Wilson, Edmund. Axel’s Castle

Editor, Sondra Kathryn Wilson,. The Crisis Reader

Yeats, William Butler. Irish Fairy and Folktales

Yourcenar, Margaret. Memoirs of Hadrian

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Random House Modern Library’s Top 100 Nonfiction Books

in 1998, the Modern Library released its list of the best 100 novels of the 20th Century amid much controversy over both what they put in and what they left out.

They’re back – with the Top 100 Nonfiction books of the 20th Century. So go ahead and argue what should have been left out and what deserved to be included.

1. Education of Henry Adams – Henry Adams, Edmund Morris

2. Varities of Religious Experiences – William James

3. Up from Slavery – Booker T. Washington

4. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf

5. Silent Spring – Rachael Carson, Ellen Burstyn, Rachel L. Carson

6. Selected Essays – T. S. Eliot

7. The Double Helix : A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA – James D. Watson

8. Speak, Memory : An Autobiography Revisited (Everyman’s Library (Cloth), 188) – Vladimir Nabokov

9. American Language, Supplement One – H. L. Mencken

10. The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money (Great Minds Series) – John Keynes

11. The Lives of a Cell : Notes of a Biology Watcher – Lewis Thomas

12. The Frontier in American History – Frederick Jackson Turner

13. Black Boy : (American Hunger) (Perennial Classics) – Richard Wright

14. Aspects of the Novel – Edward Morgan Forster

15. The Civil War : A Narrative : Fort Sumter to Perryville, Fredericksburg to Meridian, Red River to Appomattox (3 Vol. Set) – Shelby Foote

16. The Guns of August – Barbara Tuchman

17. The Proper Study of Mankind : An Anthology of Essays – Henry Hardy(Editor), et al

18. The Nature and Destiny of Man : A Christian Interpretation : Human Nature (2 Vol Set)(Library of Theological Ethics) – Reinhold Niebuhr, Robin W. Lovin (Introduction)

19. Notes of a Native Son – James Baldwin

20. Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein

21. Elements of Style – William Strunk, E. B. White

22. An American Dilemma : The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy (Black and African-American Studies) – Gunnar Myrdal, Bok Sissela (Introduction)

23. Principia Mathematica to 56 (Cambridge Mathematical Library) [ABRIDGED] – Bertrand Russell, Alfred North Whitehead

24. Mismeasure of Man – Stephen Jay Gould

25. The Mirror and the Lamp : Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition. – Meyer Howard. Abrams

26. Pluto’s Republic : Incorporating the Art of the Soluble and Induction and Intutition – Peter Medawar

27. The Ants – Bert Holldobler, Edward O. Wilson

28. A Theory of Justice. – John Rawls

29. Art and Illusion : A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation – Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, Ernest H. Gombrich

30. Making of the English Working Class – Edward P. Thompson

31. The Souls of Black Folk – W. E. B. Dubois, et al

32. Principia Ethica (Great Books in Philosophy) – G. E. Moore

33. Philosophy and Civilization. – John Dewey

34. On Growth and Form – D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson

35. Ideas and Opinions – Albert Einstein

36. The Age of Jackson – Arthur Meier Schlesinger

37. The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Richard Rhodes

38. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon : A Journey Through Yugoslavia (Twentieth-Century Classics) – Rebecca West

39. Autobiographies (Collected Works of W.B. Yeats, Vol 3) – William H. O’Donnell(Editor), et al

40. Science and Civilization in China : Chemistry and Chemical Technology : Part 6 : Military Technology, Missiles and Sieges (Vol 5) – Joseph Needham, et al

41. Good-Bye to All That : An Autobiography – Robert Graves

42. Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell

43. Autobiography of Mark Twain – Charles Neider(Editor)

44. Children of Crisis – Robert Coles

46. The Affluent Society – John Kenneth Galbraith

47. Present at the Creation : My Years in the State Department – Dean Acheson

48. The Great Bridge : The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge – David G. McCullough

49. Patriotic Gore : Studies in the Literature of the American Civil War – Edmund Wilson

50. Samuel Johnson – Walter Jackson Bate

51. The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X, Alex Haley

52. The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe

53. Eminent Victorians – Lytton Strachey

54. Working : People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do – Studs Terkel

55. Darkness Visible : A Memoir of Madness – William Styron

56. The Liberal Imagination : Essays on Literature and Society – Lionel Trilling

57. Second World War – Winston Churchill, John Keegan (Illustrator)

58. Out of Africa and Shadows on the Grass (Vintage International) – Isak Dinesen

59. Jefferson, the Virginian (Jefferson and His Time, Vol 1) – Dumas Malone

60. In the American Grain – William Carlos Williams, H. Gregory (Designer)

61. Cadillac Desert : The American West and Its Disappearing Water – Mark Reisner, Marc Reisner

62. The House of Morgan : An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance – Ron Chernow

63. Sweet Science – A.J. Liebling

64. The Open Society and Its Enemies : The Spell of Plato – Karl Raimund Popper

65. Art of Memory – Frances A. Yates

66. Religion and the Rise of Capitalism – R. H. Tawney

67. A Preface to Morals – Walter Lippmann

68. The Gate of Heavenly Peace : The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980 – Jonathan D. Spence

69. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions – Thomas S. Kuhn

70. The Strange Career of Jim Crow – Comer Vann Woodward

71. The Rise of the West : A History of the Human Community With a Retrospective Essay – William H. McNeill

72. The Gnostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels

73. James Joyce – Richard Ellmann

74. Florence Nightingale : 1820-1910 – Cecil Woodham-Smith

75. Great War and Modern Memory – Paul Fussell

76. The City in History – Lewis Mumford

77. Battle Cry of Freedom : The Civil War Era – James M. McPherson

78. Why We Can’t Wait – Martin Luther, Jr. King

79. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt – Edmund Morris

80. Studies in Iconology Humanistic Themes in the Art – Erwin Panofsky

81. The Face of Battle – John Keegan

82. The Strange Death of Liberal England – George Dangerfield, Peter Stansky

83. Vermeer – Lawrence Gowing, et al

84. A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam – Neil Sheehan

85. West With the Night – Beryl Markham

86. This Boy’s Life : A Memoir – Tobias Wolff

87. A Mathematician’s Apology – G. H. Hardy

88. Six Easy Pieces : Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher (Helix Book.) – Richard P. Feynman, Paul Davies, Robert B. Leighton

89. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Perennial Classics) – Annie Dillard

90. Golden Bough – James George Frazer

91. Shadow and Act – Ralph Waldo Ellison

92. The Power Broker : Robert Moses and the Fall of New York – Robert A. Caro

93. American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It – Richard Hofstadter

94. Contours of American History – William Appleman Williams

95. The Promise of American Life – Herbert Croly

96. In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences – Truman Capote

97. The Journalist and the Murderer – Janet Malcolm

98. The Taming of Chance – Tim Hacking, Ian Hacking

99. Operating Instructions : A Journal of My Son’s First Year – Anne Lamott

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