Looking for Good Reads? Visiting "South End Writes" Authors List Their Five Favorite Books...

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Susan Naimark (09/20/12 "The Education of a White Parent:  Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools"): 1. The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

2. The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

3. Country of My Skull, by Antjie Krog

4. The Education of a WASP, by Lois M. Stalvey

5. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman


L. Annette Binder (09/25/12, "Rise")

1. No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy

2. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

3. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

4. Play It as It Lays, by Joan Didion

5. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, by David Foster Wallace


Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (10/09/12: "The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years after Fifty")

1. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

2. The Known World by Edward P. Jones

3. Plainsong by Kent Haruf

4. Brown Girl Brownstones by Paule Marshall

5. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri


Margaret Sullivan and Sgt. Detective Dr. Kim L. Gaddy (10/16/12:“Boston’s Fairest,”  an exhibit and lecture about the first 50 years of women in the Boston Police Department by the  BPD’s archivist, documenting the careers of wives and mothers who took on gangsters and bootleggers.)

1.Sarah's Long Walk: The free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America,  by Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick

2. THE SISTERS: The Saga of the Mitford Family, by Mary S. Lovell

3.  DARK TIDE: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, by Stephen Puleo

4.  A City in Terror : The 1919 Boston Police Strike,  by Francis Russell. Digitized by the Boston Public Library at <http://archive.org/details/officersmenstati00tapp>http://archive.org/details/officersmenstati00tapp


Maryanne O'Hara (10/2//5/12, "Cascade")

1. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte 

2. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

3. Immortality, Milan Kundera

4. The Master, Colm Toibin

5. Selected Stories, Alice Munro

6. Collected Stories, William Trevor


Margot Livesey (10/30/12, "The Flight of Gemma Hardy")

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

2. The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West

3. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

4. Middlemarch by George Elliot

5. The Leopard by Lampedusa.


Stephen Davis(11/1/12, "More Room in a Broken Heart: the True Adventures of Carly Simon")

1. The Aleph,  by Jorge Luis Borges

2. Collected Stories, by Paul Bowles

3. Offshore, by Penelope Fitzgerald

4. For Your Eyes Only, by Ian Fleming

5. Spies of the Balkans, by Alan Furst


Leah Hager Cohen (1/15/13, "The Grief of Others")

1. How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn

2. Dime Store Alchemy, by Charles Simic

3. The Keeping Days, by Norma Johnston

4. Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman

5. Middlemarch, by George Eliot


Lynne Potts(1/29,  "A Block in Time: a History of the South End from a Window on Holyoke Street")

1. The Baron in the Trees by  Italo Calvino  (fiction)

2. Pale Fire  by Vladimir Nabokov  (fiction)

3. Omenos, by  Derek Walcott (poetry)

4. To the Lighthouse , by Virginia Woolf (fiction)

5. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: a Journey through Yugoslavia," by Rebecca  West (non-fiction)


April Bernard (2/5, "Miss Fuller")

1. Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes

2. Geography IIIby Elizabeth Bishop

3. Virgil's Eclogues, translation by David Ferry

4. Villette by Charlotte Bronte

5.Desire by Frank Bidart


Andre Dubus III(2/26, "Townie")

1. Ironweed, by William Kennedy

2. Let the Great World Spin, by Column McCann

3. Any short story collection by Alice Munro

4. Bastard Out of Carolinaby Dorothy Alison

5. Dalva, by Jim Harrison


Mari Passananti (3/19, "The K Street Affair")

1. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

4. The God of Small Things by Arundati Roy

5. A Time to Kill by John Grisham


Doug Bauer (4/16, "What Happens Next: Matters of Life and Death")

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2. The Collected Stories of John Cheever;

3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

4. The Professor's House by Willa Cather

5. Ragtime, by E. L. Doctorow


Barbara Shapiro (4/30, "The Art Forger")

1. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

2. The Poisonwood Bible, by  Barbara Kingsolver

3. The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien

4. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

5. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides


Dennis Lehane (5/14, "Live by Night")

1.  The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2.  Clockers, by Richard Price

3. Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy

4. The Last Good Kiss, by James Crumley

5. The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas


Alice Hoffman (5/21, "The Dovekeepers")

1. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

2. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

3. Andrew Lang's Books of Fairytales (any color)

4. Beloved, Toni Morrrison

5.  The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald