>The Skinny: A Guide to Lightweight Reading

August 27, 2008 § Leave a comment

>Kim requested a list of books that are both literary and light-weight (thin) for commuting purposes. Her complaint about reading fiction on the subway is that the books she loves are too heavy and hard to handle when she has a cup of coffee in one hand and she’s holding onto the pole with the other.

Well, Kim, to this I say, “No more excuses!”

I took a glance at my bookshelves and here’s what I found. (Feel free to add more suggestions.)

1. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (Allison)
2. Giovanni’s Room (Baldwin)
3. The Palace Thief (Canin)
4. Emporer of the Air (Canin)
5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Capote)
6. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Carver)
7. Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? (Carver)
8. Woman Hollering Creek (Cisneros)
9. The House on Mango Street (Cisneros)
10. Slow Man (Coetzee)
11. Disgrace (Coetzee)
12. Drown (Diaz)
13. The Safety of Objects (A.M. Homes)
14. Jesus’ Son (Denis Johnson)
15. The Nimrod Flipout (Etgar Keret)
16. Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
17. So Long, See You Tomorrow (William Maxwell)
18. Member of the Wedding (McCullers)
19. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (McCullers)
20. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe (McCullers)
21. First Love, Last Rites (McEwan)
22. The Cement Garden (McEwan)
23. The Comfort of Strangers (McEwan)
24. Bluest Eye (Morrison)
25. Lives of Girls and Women (Munro)
26. Vintage Munro (Munro)
27. The Boy (Murr)
28. Cool for You (Myles)
29. Talking in Bed (Nelson)
30. The Diving Pool (Ogawa)
31. Later the Same Day (Paley)
32. A Sport and a Pastime (Salter)
33. Civilwarland in Bad Decline (Saunders)
34. Pastoralia (Saunders)
35. Rat Bohemia (Schulman)
36. Taking Care (Williams)
37. The Night in Question (Wolff)
38. The Death of Sweet Mister (Woodrell)
39. A Room of One’s Own (Woolf)
40. To the Lighthouse (Woolf)
41. Three Guineas (Woolf)
42. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (Yates)


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