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Recommended reading from Radio Smart Talk listeners

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Oct 5, 2012 9:25 AM
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On today's Radio Smart Talk, we talked about your favorite books. Our listeners shared a number of their favorites with us via email, comments and Facebook. We've compiled them all in one list of no particular order, in case you were interested in reading them yourself.

  • Everything by Tom Robbins, especially Skinny Legs and All
  • A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Dune series by Frank Herbert
  • Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien
  • Everything by Jane Austin
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
  • Baking With Julia and Mastering The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
  • Real Food by Nina Planck
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
  • West with the Night by Beryl Markham
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Everything by Willa Cather
  • Everything by Anne Tyler
  • The Bible
  • Everything by Washington Irving
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John LeCarre
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • We Charge Genocide, a petition presented to the United Nations in 1951
  • The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaste by Richard Brautigan
  • The Basketball Diaries by Jim Carroll
  • Goat Song by Brad Kessler
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • Autobiography Of A Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The Alexander Dolgun Story by Alexander Dolgun andPatrick Watson
  • Shogun by James Clavell
  • The Wind up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami
  • Poetry by Mary Oliveri
  • Poetry by Anne Sexton
  • Poetry by Kobayashi Issa
  • Poetry by Matsuo Basho
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

What about you? Do you have any favorites to add to this list? Please post them in the comments below.

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Comments: 2

  • Debbie img 2012-10-05 11:30

    Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol

  • MarZ img 2012-10-05 18:51

    Gone with the wind

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