I haven't read the two books below, but I intend to do so, based on my experience with "King of the Confessors".
This is my favorite Dickens. Engrossing and funny. I have a first edition, which I read and did a lot of damage to in the process. Sigh.
I read several books by Dickens, this was my favorite serious one.
This autobiography by the rascal of Watergate is a fascinating book. You get not only Watergate poodah, but engaging tales of the inside workings of the FBI. Liddy's use of the language shows he was taught more than self-esteem in school. Somewhere along the way, he picked up the self-esteem on his own.
An outstandingly good premise for a book, executed brilliantly -
"What would Marco Polo have chronicled had he not been inhibited by his readers' disbelief?"
This is a long, rich book. In a little corner of this adventure is a description of the construction and operation of a "kamel", a device used for East-West navigation. Easy! The book gets a bit raunchy in parts, so I wouldn't recommend it for youngsters. Also, I think Tibetans would probably be offended.
A great book by one of the founders of Thule, Greenland.
Companion book to the television series of a few years ago. If you have any interest in English, you will love this book.
A nice, sweet little book by one of the authors of "The Story of English" (see above). It made me regret more than ever my neglect of Shakespeare.
Starr, Clinton and Lewinsky - The Official Poodah!
I saw him often in his tweeds and Tyrolean green felt hat, walking the grounds, smoking a pipe. He joined the local hunt club (fox hunt) and was writing a book about it when he died, so I heard. It was rumored that his book would expose scandals of the nabobs of Albemarle County, who were very relieved at its remaining unfinished. An excellent narrative of his time at UVa, written by one of his department colleagues, can be read in The Virginia Quarterly Review. He doesn't mention the unfinished book, so maybe it never existed. Also, if you read the article, please believe me when I say that I did not steal the "tweeds and Tyrolean green felt hat" from it. I wrote that before reading the article.
A Faulkner book I especially liked was Sanctuary. One of the characters is a student at The University back in the days when we all wore coats and ties. He gets into a lot of trouble. I could really identify with that character.
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