James's 70 Years of Books: Top Twenty (or fifty)

By Literati Press Bookshop

By Literati Press Bookshop

Dubliners: Centennial Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

James Joyce

$18.00 $16.56

By James McGough My favorite book by an Irish writer - Dubliners, no contest. Joyce’s book of short stories is a book of quiet revelations - epiphanies of sudden insight. “The Dead” is a long short story at the end of the collection. There is an interesting story about the movie and the collaboration between father John Houston and his daughter Angelica. If you read the final paragraph you’ll read them all.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Other Stories

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

$24.99 $22.49

The first three hardback books I purchased, with my money, were collections. After reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I purchased The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Other Stories with my friend Jay Amos at Shepherd Mall in the seventh grade. Yesterday I reread “The Sign of the Four.” The inseparable pair Holmes and Watson, his elder brother Mycroft, Lestrade, and Moriarty, are iconic literary characters. They’re fully developed from the psychology of Holmes’ drug addictions to morphine and cocaine to Moriarty's nihilism. One of the things I had forgotten was how terrifying the stories were when I first read them. Also, from a simple backstory, like the pearls in a box in “The Sign of the Four,” the complexity of the mystery evolves as motives are revealed. The edition that we have in the shop is from Canterbury Classics and it’s beautiful.

The Iliad of Homer

Homer

$15.00 $13.80

Manhattan Transfer

John Dos Passos

$15.99 $14.71

Mrs. Dalloway

Virginia Woolf

$14.99 $13.79

The Complete Stories

Flannery O'Connor

$18.00 $16.56

Stoner

John Williams

$14.95 $13.75

All the Pretty Horses: Border Trilogy (1)

Cormac McCarthy

$16.00 $14.72

The Crossing: Border Trilogy (2)

Cormac McCarthy

$16.95 $15.59

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

$22.00 $19.80

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

James M. McPherson

$24.95 $22.46

Dandelion Wine

Ray D. Bradbury

$7.99 $7.35

Little Big Man

Thomas Berger

$17.00 $15.64

The Liars' Club: A Memoir (Revised)

Mary Karr

$18.00 $16.56

Where I'm Calling from

Raymond Carver

$16.95 $15.59

When the Legends Die

Hal Borland

$32.34

In Dubious Battle

John Steinbeck

$17.00 $15.64

Watchmen: The Deluxe Edition

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

$39.99 $35.99

The French Lieutenant's Woman

John Fowles

$17.99 $16.55

The Magus

John Fowles

$18.99 $17.47

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie

$18.00 $16.56

The Life of Langston Hughes

Arnold Rampersad

$34.99

Blue Highways: A Journey Into America

William Least Heat Moon

$17.99 $16.55

The Stand

Stephen King

$18.00 $16.56

From Russia with Love

Ian Fleming

$14.95 $13.75

Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers

$15.99 $14.71

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

$16.00 $14.72

The God of Small Things

Arundhati Roy

$17.00 $15.64

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

$6.49

The Shadow of Sirius

W. S. Merwin

$16.00 $14.72