Books/Works Discussed

These books, poems, and literary works have been covered somewhere on The Snail. I intentionally avoided naming this page Book Reviews, because I see my posts as more discussions than reviews. I hope you find a book, a work, or an author you connect with.


Life after Life, by Kate Atkinson

The Professor, by Robert Bailey

HHhH, by Laurent Binet

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler . . . , by Italo Calvino

The Snow Queen, by Michael Cunningham

Room, by Emma Donoghue

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid

The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach

May We Be Forgiven, by A. M. Homes

The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson

Orange Is the New Black, by Piper Kerman

Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

The Group, by Mary McCarthy

Someone, by Alice McDermott

Thirty Girls, by Susan Minot

A Prayer Journal, by Flannery O’Connor

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

The History of the Siege of Lisbon, by José Saramago

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

The Burgess Boys, by Elizabeth Strout

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón


Rick Bragg

William Faulkner

Garrison Keillor

Katherine Mansfield

Alice Munro

Poetry and Poets

“The Buried Life,” Matthew Arnold

“The Sun Rising,” by John Donne

Seamus Heaney

“The Chambered Nautilus,” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Pied Beauty,” Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Why I Take Good Care of My Macintosh Computer,” Gary Snyder

“Disillusionment at Ten O’Clock,” Wallace Stevens

One comment on “Books/Works Discussed

  1. richardkjudy says:

    Dear Lady: I have a joyful story that might brighten your world. More than 40 years ago, I walked up Georgia’s Springer Mtn. after a 140-day Appalachian Trail thru-hike that began atop Maine’s Mt. Katahdin. A dream smoldered within me to capture the essence of the experience on paper. Now the dream has taken wing in the form of a novel, THRU: An Appalachian Trail Love Story — just published by the Appalachian Trail Museum, sole recipient of the proceeds. The novel’s a character study conveying what a thru-hiker’s life is really like. Thematically it demonstrates that all adventure turns out much differently than first imagined. It’s at Amazon and is showing up in retail outlets. I am humbled by the initial positive comments I’m receiving. I think many aspiring authors may want to look at this publishing strategy which is far more rewarding than I could have ever imagined.

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