Book Review

Reading and Reflection

There’s nothing like a well written book to give me a full dose of inspiration. I return to Francine Prose’s book Reading Like a Writer every few years to remind myself again to read slower, seek classic writers, and be more perceptive in the life that surrounds me. Francine Prose

In the last month I’ve let go of my leadership role in a local book club to focus on books I’ve wanted to read for years. This year I’ll be focusing on reading work to inspire my writing and architecture work.

So, to the Happy New Year I go.

My bookshelves are stocked with the following books:

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Threshold by Shirley Kaufman

Molly MCBean and the Secret Cave by Joanie Murray

Blaise Cendrars Complete Poems

Green-Silver and Silent Poems by Marc Harshman

Complexity and Contradiction by Robert Venturi

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

All thatFeeds Us by Marc Harshman

Virginia Woolf’s essay on Being Ill

The Lacuna by Barbara Kinsolver

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Professional Practice: Architects

Reveal by Studio Gang Architects

Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life by Julia Briggs

Chuck Dugan is AWOL: By Eric Chase Anderson

Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham

Sample: 100 Fashion Designers (Phaidon Press)

Land of Love and Drowning by T. Vanique

The French House by Don Wallace

The Victorian City by Justin Flanders

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor

Cusp: Poems by Jennifer Grotz

David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings by Peter Allison

David Adjaye: Houses; Recycling, Reconfiguring, Rebuilding by Peter Allison

Local Journeys Poems by Marc Harshman

Joseph Albers: To Open Eyes

A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker

The Sense of Order by E H Gombrich

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

The Face of North America by Peter Farb

The Dream of Earth by Thomas Berry

Signs and Seasons by John Burroughs

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Animal Farm by George Orwell

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A Jury of Her Peers by Elaine Showalter

Where I’m calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

The Odyssey Translated by Robert Fagles

Sappho: A new Version by Willis Barrstore

Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney

Hafez and Rumi (Khajyam and Ghalib)

The Sonnets by W. Shakespeare

Dante: The Divine Comedy, The infernno of Dante by R. Pinskey

Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin

As I Lay Dying and Light in August by William Faulkner

Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

A Portrait of Dorian Gray by Karl Lagerfeld

She Walks in Beauty, Caroline Kennedy on Poetry

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

Mary Oliver’s New and Selected Poems

Noose and Hook by Lynn Emanuel

a gathering of matter a matter of gathering by Dawn Lundy Martin

Finding Beauty in a Broken World by Terry Tempest Williams

Figure Studies by Claudia Emerson

The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson

Frank Delaney’s Ireland

All Quiet on the Western Front by Enrich Maria Remarque

Blood, Bones, and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton


That should be enough to get me through winter, right?

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