A Reading List a Mile Long: Daedalus Books Midsummer 2012 Edition, Part II

Here’s the companion piece to Part I, delivered as promised.

  • Travelling Heroes In the Epic Age of Homer by Robin Lane Fox
  • America Dreaming How Youth Changed America in the 60’s by Laban Carrick Hill
  • Fanny and Adelaide The Lives of the Remarkable Kemble Sisters by Ann Blainey
  • The Booklover’s Guide to the Midwest A Literary Tour by Greg Holden
  • Script and Scribble The Rise and Fall of Handwriting by Kitty Burns Florey
  • Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch
  • Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel by Edmund White
  • The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head-Franz Kafka: A Biographical Essay by Louis Begley
  • The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith by Joan Schenkar
  • Woman of Letters Irene Nemirovsky and Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  • My Paper Chase True Stories of Vanished Times by Harold Evans
  • Paris to the Past Traveling Through French History by Train by Ina Caro
  • Vedic Ecology: Practical Wisdom for Surviving the 21st Century by Ranchor Prime
  • The Life of David by Robert Pinsky
  • Saint Augustine, Tarsicius J. van Bavel, ed.
  • All Hopped Up and Ready to Go Music from the Streets of New York 1927-77 by Tony Fletcher
  • The Red Prince The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke by Timothy Snyder
  • Renaissance Florence on 5 Florins a Day by Charles FitzRoy

I’ve learned a few things from typing out this list.

  1. It should have been split into 3 parts.
  2. I am obviously intrigued by anyone with a secret life.
  3. Literary biographies are even more of a personal thing than I thought.

Plus, a bonus revelation:

  1. If I read all of these books (and everything else on my ever-fattening To-Read List) I would not only never write another word, I would spend 20 hours a day reading in bed. For the rest of my life.




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