The 2014 edition of The Guest List includes the favorite books from more than 30 of this year’s guests on The Virtual Memories Show podcast (as well as a few picks by your host)! Listen to the episode to hear all about their picks, and use this cheat-sheet to look up all the books and check out the past episodes with those guests! (You can find the 2013 cheat-sheet and episode over here.)

Maria Alexander, author of Mr. Wicker
The Intruders – Michael Marshall Smith

Ashton Applewhite
The Fault in Our Stars – John Greene
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

David Baerwald
The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan – Rick Perlstein

Nina Bunjevac, author of Fatherland: A Family History
Over Easy – Mimi Pond

Roz Chast, author of Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Stoner – John Wiliams
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
Tender Is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sarah Deming
Don Juan – Lord Byron

Michael Dirda, author of On Conan Doyle: Or, The Whole Art of Storytelling
(He named a whole bunch, but he’s Michael Dirda, so I don’t mind)
The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters
Let Me Be Frank With You – Richard Ford
Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia – Emmanuel Carrere
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away – Rebecca Goldstein
Diagnosis: Impossible – The Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne – Edward D. Hoch
More Things Impossible: The Second Casebook of Dr. Sam Hawthorne – Edward D. Hoch
Nothing Is Impossible: Further Problems of Dr. Sam Hawthorne – Edward D. Hoch
The Derek Smith Omnibus – Derek Smith
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries – Otto Penzler
The Four Sherlock Holmes Novels – Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Feiffer, author of Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel
Illusion of Memory – JZ Holden

Mary Fleener, author of Life of the Party
Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories – Shirley Jackson

Nathan Fox, artist on Dogs of War
The Camelot Kids – Ben Zackheim

Josh Alan Friedman, author of Black Cracker
Tampa – Alisa Nutting

Richard Gehr, author of I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists
Bleeding Edge – Thomas Pynchon

Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art
Gast – Carol Swain

Sam Gross
Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City

Rachel Hadas, author of Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away – Rebecca Goldstein

Kaz
Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: A Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World – Dan Riskin, Ph.D.

Daniel Levine, author of Hyde
Annihilation – Jeff Vandermeer
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade – Walter Kirn

Sara Lippmann, author of Doll Palace
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Merrill Markoe, author of What the Dogs Have Taught Me: And Other Amazing Things I’ve Learned
I Am Charlotte Simmons – Tom Wolfe
The Circle – Dave Eggers
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
The work of Dan Clowes

Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
May We Be Forgiven – A.M. Homes

Mimi Pond, author of Over Easy
Punk Rock and Trailer Parks – Derf Backderf

George Prochnik, author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite: A Novel in Five Stories – Gregor von Rezzori

Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora
Joe Cinque’s Consolation – Helen Garner

Jonathan Rose, author of The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor
Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. – Sharyl Attkisson
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil (updated edition)
(he walked around his apartment and talked about the books he’s been reading lately, but it’s a fun list, so hey)
The Defence of Poesy and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism – Philip Sidney
The Kreutzer Sonata – Tolstoy
On the Nature of Things – Lucretius
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 – Taylor Branch
Andrew’s Brain – E.L. Doctorow
If the Dead Rise Not: A Bernie Gunther Novel – Philip Kerr
Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks – Victor Maymudes
Tatiana: An Arkady Renko Novel – Martin Cruz Smith
Roman Fever and Other Stories – Edith Wharton
The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk – Edward St. Aubyn
At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel – Edward St. Aubyn
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Anita Loos
Hapgood: A Play – Tom Stoppard
Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley – Richard Kaczynski
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them – Elif Batuman
Collected Poems – W.H. Auden
Collected Poems – Philip Larkin
Forever Doo-Wop: Race, Nostalgia, and Vocal Harmony (American Popular Music) – John Michael Runowicz
The Anatomy of Melancholy – Robert Burton
The Information – Martin Amis

Gil Roth, host of The Virtual Memories Show
Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir – Roz Chast
Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade – Walter Kirn
The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk – Edward St. Aubyn
All That Is: A Novel – James Salter

Dmitry Samarov, author of Where To?: A Hack Memoir
Experience: A Memoir – Martin Amis

Seth
Celibate Lives – George Moore

Katie Skelly
How To Be Happy – Eleanor Davis

Ron Slate, author of The Great Wave
Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life – Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings
The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World – George Prochnik
Wonderland – Stacy D’Erasmo
The Wilderness: Poems – Sandra Lim

Maya Stein
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Rupert Thomson, author of Secrecy
My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
All Days Are Night – Peter Stamm
All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toews

Frank Wilson
Existential Phenomenology – William A. Luijpen
What can you say about God? (Except “God”) – William A. Luijpen

Go listen to the 2014 edition of The Guest List!

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