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May 29, 2007

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nancy

I've heard of more than half the authors, and perhaps a half-dozen of the books. One correction to the list: Amis's Experience is memoir, not novel, and it's extraordinarily memorable and good

Laura

Thanks for posting this list. I've bookmarked it for future reference. That title "Nice, Big American Baby" is an attention grabber.

Kevin

Thanks, Nancy - I run hot and cold on Amis, but I'll check out this one on your recommendation.

Laura: I found three of the books from Page 1 of that list on the shelves at Multnomah Public Library today (including American Baby and Suzy Zeus) - so if you're interested, the library seems to have most of the titles.

lizzy

Oh, man thanks. This sounds like a terrific list. I need new, and more, books in my life right now.

And props to the Multnomah County Library. It's one of the reasons I continue to live in Portland.

nancy

I am, so far, always cold on Amis's fiction, and burning burning hot on his nonfiction: also check out "Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million," about Stalin and, holy shit, what a book.

Rabbit

I haven't read any of those, and have put some on my list.

Looking over the shelves (just as an aside, I have a tendency to slip "gotta keep" paper items between books, and just discovered that an ad for one of your plays is held firmly between The Happy Hooker and Xavier!), I'd throw in "The Wars" by Timothy Findley.

There's also one, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town", written by Stephen Leacock. Imagine a gentler version of Mark Twain. He lived in Orillia, a small town in Ontario around the turn of the 20th century, and "Sketches" is set there. You have to be fond of small-town humor, but his description of opening a bank account (and closing it during the same transaction) and of a sinking excursion boat are hilarious.

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