The Guest List 2014

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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