List your favorite books:
I feel like I’ve done this list before, though it’s right on schedule, and the 52 Lists book does not repeat. It is definitely a topic dear to my heart, and one I’ve written about before. For this list, I’ll categorize.
- Onward and Upward in the Garden by Katherine S. White
- Weeds in Winter by Lauren Brown
- Creating a Cottage Garden by Sue Phillips
- Seasons at Seven Gates Farm by Keith Scott Morton and Mary Seehafer Sears
- An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter
- Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
- Grow Your Own Vegetables by Joy Larkcom
- This Good Food by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette
- Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant by the Moosewood Collective
- The Supermarket Epicure by Joanna Pruess
- The Key to Chinese Cooking by Irene Kuo
- Let’s Get Together by DeeDee Stovel and Pam Wakefield
- An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
- Sweets for Saints and Sinners by Janice Feuer
- The Essays of E.B.White by E.B.White
- Silences by Tillie Olsen
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
- If It Fitz by Jim Fitzgerald
- The White Lantern by Evan S. Connell
- Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
- Trying to Save Piggy Sneed by John Irving
- In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens by Alice Walker
- Growing Up by Russell Baker
- The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
- China Men by Maxine Hong Kingston
- The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr
- Let’s Not Go To the Dogs Tonight: an African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller
- The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
- Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls
- All of the loosely related stories by Louise Erdrich, but especially Love Medicine, Tracks, The Master Butcher’s Singing Club, Four Souls and The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse.
- Just about any by Barbara Kingsolver, but especially Pigs in Heaven.
- Everything I’ve read so far by Kay Atkinson, especially Life After Life.
- All of the light-hearted mysteries by Laurie R. King featuring Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell.
- Everything Alice Walker writes is golden, but The Color Purple is my favorite.
- The same goes for Mark Twain, but I’d choose Adventures of Huckleberry Finn if I had to pick just one.
Miscellaneous Others from various categories:
- Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
- The Arctic Grail by Pierre Berton
- I Could Do Anything (If I Only Knew What it Was) by Barbara Sher
- Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
- Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- The Poems of Emily Dickinson
- The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke
- Encaustic Painting Techniques by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
And, oh, there are other books on art, history, nature and health that have gone unmentioned. How have I not mentioned poets Marge Piercy, Caroline Forsche and Billy Collins? And all of the other writers of fiction that have meant so much to me? For this one day, this will have to do.