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Has anyone else seen this going around Facebook? I'm jazzed that there's a booky sharing-trend thing happening, and it's super cool to see everyone's lists. I'd be interested in seeing the lists of GTers — maybe get some holiday reading recs out of it too! My list (with a few added annotations) is below. If you haven't seen this yet, it's basically about quickly (so no agonizing) trying to identify 10 books that stuck with you and changed the way you think.


1. 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez

2. Seven Types of Ambiguity - William Empson (Writers, read this one! It's a crit book, but it really did come at me at an important time and make me think a lot more about the power of metaphor, especially.)


3. King Baby - Lia Purpura (10 pages in, I wanted to throw it against the wall. 20 pages in, I decided it was the most brilliant and mesmerizing thing I'd ever read. I'm now a Purpura fangirl.)

4. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

5. Omeros - Derek Walcott (not many people can just decide to retell the Odyssey and have it be mindblowingly awesome....that Nobel was well-earned.)

6. Flood Song - Sherwin Bitsui (see note on King Baby)

7. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid - Michael Ondaatje (I have never figured out whether to call this fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or none of the above, or all of the above; I did, however, carry it in my work bag for two straight years.)


8. 4.48 Psychosis (actually a play, or maybe better called a lyric performance piece — in any case, this caused me to have a full-on personal crisis)

9. Robinson's Crossing - Jan Zwicky (another book of poetry, sorry! but this cool ladypoet made me want to live in Alberta)


10. Jesus' Son - Denis Johnson (narrated by somebody called Fuckhead and all about grace - what more could I want?)

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