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The 1book140 Reading List

The following is a list of the books read by #1book140 (with props to @petomane_ancien and @bchamberlin79)

  More at: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/category/1book140/

  • TBA (2014-October)
  • Special tribute read in honor of @peajayar (October 4-5, 2014)
  • TBA (2014-September)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (2014-August)
  • A Highly Unlikely Scenario by Rachel Cantor (2014-July)
  • The Third Plate by Dan Barber (2014-June)
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot, continued (2014-May)
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot (2014-April)
  • Open City by Teju Cole (2014-March)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (2014-February)
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (2014-January)
  • The Spy Who Came In From the Cold by John le Carré (2013-December)
  • In the First Circle by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (2013-November) 
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (2013-October) 
  • LaBrava by Elmore Leonard (2013-September)
  • Graphic Novels (2013-August)
    • Building Stories by Chris Ware 
    • The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (2013-July)
  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (2013-June)
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (2013-May)
  • The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, edited by Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris (2013-April)
  • Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie (2013-March)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2013-February)
  • Just Kids by Patti Smith (2013-January)
  • The City & The City by China Miéville (2012-December)
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (2012-November)
  • Zone One by Colson Whitehead (2012-October)
  • Hamlet and Coriolanus both by William Shakespeare (2012-September)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (2012-August)
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2012-July)
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (2012-June)
  • Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (2012-May)
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson (2012-April)
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (2012-March)
  • Graphic Novels Month (2012-February)
    • Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman and various
    • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
    • The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
    • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel (2012-January)
  • Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (2011-December)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (2011-November)
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (2011-October)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011-September)
  • Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (2011-August)
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (2011-July)
  • The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2011-June)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2010-May) (#1b1t)

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes –

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are –

None may teach it – Any –
‘Tis the Seal Despair –
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air –

When it comes, the Landscape listens –
Shadows – hold their breath –
When it goes, ‘tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –

Emily Dickenson
"Holy Land" photos Innocents Abroad

@jompoi found these photos to help illustrate the journey Twain and fellow travellers took in Innocents Abroad


At the link, go to the 21 Nov 2010 podcast (title is link):

The Granta Podcast

In the month of publication of the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography, we revisit a Granta event in New York that celebrated the magazine’s extract of the book. With John Freeman, Newsweek literary editor Malcolm Jones, Best Young American Novelist John Wray and Twain biographer and book critic Ron Powers. With readings from the extract.

Podcast is also in iTunes.

Comical-looking creature (Innocents Abroad)

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"Let the guides beware"


Psalms 107 from Chapter 2 Longitude

They that go down to the sea in ships,

   that do business in great waters;

these see the works of the Lord,

   and his wonders in the deep.

For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind,

   which lifteth  up the waves thereof.

They mount up to the heaven,

   they go down again to the depths:

   their soul is melted because of trouble.

They reel to and fro,

   and stagger like a drunken man,

   and are at their wit’s end.

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble,

   and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

He maketh the storm a calm,

   so that the waves thereof are still.

Then are they glad because they be quiet;

   so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Full Psalm, King James Bible http://www.bartleby.com/108/19/107.html

Reading on Tralfamadore (Vonnegut SH5)

'There are no telegrams on Tralfamadore. But you're right: each clump of-symbols is a brief, urgent message describing a situation, a scene., We Tralfamadorians read them all at once, not one after the other. There isn’t any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep.  There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects.  What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.’