Reading Lists

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We’ll Always Have Paris – John Baxter

My Life in France – Julia Child

Paris to the Moon – Adam Gopnik

“Spotted Dick, S’il Vous Plait” – Tom Higgins

Spanish LessonsDerek Lambert

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy – Frances Mayes

A Year in Provence Peter Mayle

Italian Neighbors – Tim Parks

Within Tuscany – Matthew Spender


The Year of Pleasures – Elizabeth Berg

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

Come One, Come All – Don Freeman

The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman

Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin

Stepford Wives – Ira Levin

Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks


Recipes for Love and Murder – Sally Andrew

The School of Essential Ingredients – Erica Bauermeister

Heartburn – Nora Ephron

Under the Tuscan Sun –  Frances Mayes

The Hundred-Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais


Writing from the Heart (How to Write for Children) – Joy Cowley

Art of Memoir – Mary Karr

bird by bird – Anne Lamott

Poets & Writers (January/February 2016) –  “Dangerous Writing: Go to Your Battlefield” – Tom Spanbauer


Galapagos Girl / Galapaguena – Marsha Diane Arnold

The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle – Leslie Connor

Love – Matt de la Peña and Loren Long

Hattie the Backstage Bat – Don Freeman

Projekt 1065 – Alan Gratz

The Brave Cyclist – Amalia Hoffman

W is for Welcome: A celebration of America’s Diversity – Brad Herzog

A is for Activist – Innosanto Nagara

A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

Prairie Lotus – Linda Sue Park

All Are Welcome – Alexandra Penfold

Martin Rising – Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Thunder Cake – Patricia Polacco

Born to Ride: a Story about Bicycle Face – Larissa Theule

Young Water Protectors…a Story About Standing Rock – Aslan and Kelly Tudor

NOTE: Search under “Talking with Kids about” for lists of children’s books about specific topics!

5 thoughts on “Reading Lists

  1. Love the reading list! Nora Ephron, Nicholas Sparks, and Julia Child are among my favorites. I love to read Hemingway books and also Charles Dickens. Going to try the others you mention on this list. Thank you so much.

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  2. I just finished “A Long Walk to Water” as it ties into and inspires some artwork I’m doing for a client related to the book. You might also like “A Single Shard” by Park – it was excellent.

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