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August 24, 2022 8:08 AM   Subscribe

If a series like the Time Reading Program was offered today what titles would you nominate to be included?
posted by Raybun to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
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posted by nkknkk at 8:17 AM on August 24 [3 favorites]

So, would the focus be classics curated with a modern point of view, or modern classics, or something else?

I'd be interested in others' reactions to these nominees:

Jude the Obscure

posted by amtho at 9:07 AM on August 24

My Dad subscribed to those, and he was so excited when a new book arrived. I read some of them, way over my head, usually, because I was too young. I had them and they were ruined in flooding while stored.

I nominate Primate's Memoir, Robert Sapolsky. Beloved by Toni Morrison, Happy All the Time and/or Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin, Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy, The Millstone by Margaret Drabble, Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

They included Great Books, as well as Very Good Books, and they didn't exclude women, but women are generally underrepresented. I could go on, but I'll let others contribute. I love this ask.Me, thanks.
posted by theora55 at 9:12 AM on August 24

Response by poster: amthro

Curate for the pleasure of reading. Introduction to things otherwise not aware of.
posted by Raybun at 9:28 AM on August 24

Response by poster: Robert Sapolsky is a wonderful choice.
posted by Raybun at 9:29 AM on August 24 [1 favorite]

Two novels by Charles Portis, "The Dog of the South" and "Norwood".

My father was a subscriber, which led me to readings of Nabokov's "Bend Sinister" and John Collier's "Fancies and Goodnights" when I was really too young to fully comprehend them.
posted by Agave at 11:13 AM on August 24

Scaramouche - yay, great fun

Jude the Obscure - nay, boring
posted by charlesminus at 12:03 PM on August 24

They Came Like Swallows -- William Maxwell
Excellent Women -- Barbara Pym
Neuromancer -- William Gibson
The Dispossessed -- Ursula K. Le Guin
The Varieties of Religious Experience -- William James
The House of Mirth -- Edith Wharton
Contact -- Carl Sagan
The Mists of Avalon -- Marion Zimmer Bradley
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance --Robert Pirsig
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn -- Betty Smith
posted by OrangeDisk at 4:33 PM on August 24

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