The Fanfic Library
Rory's Book List
*Organized by episode where book was mentioned or shown on-screen*
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A young boy's adventures rafting down the Mississippi with an escaping slave.
(This was an assignment at my old school, Stars Hollow High, but still a good book.)
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Criticized when it was written for its pointed telling of Emma Bovary's behavior as she ignores her duties as wife and mother to pursue her superficial romantic ideals.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Captain Ahab's doomed quest to kill the great white whale, Moby Dick.
(My first Melville)
Kill Me Now
A Mencken Chrestomathy by H. L. Mencken
A chrestomathy is defined in the preface as "a collection of choice passages from an author." Includes critical, cultural, and personal essays organized by topic.
(Grandpa and I bonded over this one.)
Love and War and Snow
Emma by Jane Austen
A well-intentioned heiress plays matchmaker with disasterous results.
(My boyfriend adds his recommendation for anything by Hunter S. Thompson here.)
The Group by Mary McCarthy
A sharply-pointed satire of upper-class New England society which follows the post-college lives of eight Vassar graduates, class of '33. Mary McCarthy filets Ivy League society, socialism, 1930s child-rearing practices, sexual double-standards, psychoanalysis, and men in general.
(Great for passing time waiting in the line to buy tickets to upper-class New England society dances.)
The Complete Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker.
Dorothy Parker's poetry, depicting a world haunted by unrequited love, alcohol and men of overbearing will.
(My boyfriend and I almost got killed over this one.)
Forgiveness and Stuff
The Metamophosis by Franz Kafka.
A novel about a man who finds himself transformed into a huge insect, and the effects of this change upon his life.
(I almost gave this to my boyfriend for Christmas.)
Paris is Burning
Swann's Way by Marcel Proust.
Proust writes of the early youth of Charles Swann in small-town France, then shifts to telling the story from Swann's viewpoint, later, when he is a fashionable man caught up in turn-of-the-century Paris and a tortured love affair. A scathing, often comic dissection of french society, and a portrait of the emerging artist.
(Don't get my mother started on Proust.)
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson.
Poems drawn from Emily Dickinson's letters.
(I'm actually not sure which Dickinson book Rory was reading at lunch. This cover was the closest I could find.)
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath.
An exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life.
Star Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Anna, miserable in her loveless marriage, does the barely thinkable and succumbs to her desires for the dashing Vronsky.
(Is it romantic or depressing? You be the judge.)
P.S. I Lo...
Ulysses by James Joyce.
Ulysses records the events of one average day, June 16, 1904, in the lives of three central figures. The book's stream-of-consciousness technique gives the reader access to their thoughts, emotions, and memories.
Red Light on a Wedding Night
Swimming With Giants: My Encounters With Whales, Dolphins, and Seals by Anne Collet.
In this memoir, Collet recounts her adventures in studying whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals under a variety of conditions, some of them full of peril.
(Good for road trip reading.)
Road Trip to Harvard
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee.
Darkly comic play that follows a couple for a night as they use their guests in the savage game they play against each other.
Nick & Nora/Sid & Nancy
Howl by Allen Ginsberg.
Poetry that broke 1950's taboos, and helped usher in a generation of rebellion.
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell.
Powell writes comically of her real life trials and triumphs in this selection of letters written from the age of 17 onward.
(This next one is a book Jess was reading, but if Rory's read Howl, I figure she's probably read this one too.)
On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Classic of the Beat movement. The story of a writer's rambling, drug, alcohol, sex and Jazz laced road trips across America.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.
The scandal ridden story of the fall of the Compson family, told from three different points of view with sudden time shifts that make the narrative style distinctive and experimental.
The Last Empire Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal.
A new collection of provocative, witty and eloquent essays by one of American's finest essayists. Literature, politics, history, and the personal are all fair game.
Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty.
Short stories, steeped in the South, giving voice to diverse characters and circumstances.
Savage Beauty: the Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
The first comprehensive authorized biography of the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
A Tisket, A Tasket
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
The story of a young architect, his battle against conventional standards, and his love affair with a woman who struggles to defeat him.
Think I'm missing a book? Tell me.