The Reading List

In December 2014, I left Mama Cash in Amsterdam to pursue new opportunities in South Africa. As a farewell gift, my colleagues presented me with a Book of Literary Inspiration, which included lots of wonderful recommendations for things to read, and even things not to read. The best part is that many recommendations are works by women authors. I hope to read many of these.

The Reading List:

  1. Liliana Bodoc – The Day of the Deer
  2. Diana Belessi and Ursula K. Le Guin – The Twins, the Dream
  3. Elena Poniatowska – Tinisima
  4. Elena Poniatowska – The Skin of the Sky
  5. Elena Poniatowska – Nothing, Nobody: The Voices of the Mexico City Earthquake
  6. Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star
  7. Clarice Lispector – The Passion According to GH
  8. Clarice Lispector – Near to the Wild Heart
  9. Alicia Dujovne Ortiz – Eva Peron: A Biography
  10. Natalie Angier – Woman: An Intimate Geography
  11. Douglas Adams: The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy
  12. Elisabeth Roudinesco – Our Dark Side: A History of Perversion
  13. Zawadi Nyong’o – When I Dare to be Powerful
  14. GAATW – Collateral Damage: The Impact of Anti-Trafficking Measures on Human Rights Around the World
  15. Dolores Juliano – Excluidas y Marginales
  16. Belle de Joure – Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl
  17. EMPOWER – Bad Girls’ Dictionary
  18. RedUp – Prose & Lore
  19. Chester Brown – Paying For It
  20. Metje Blaak – Witboek: Handboek voor Sekswerkers
  21. Harry Mulisch – Discovery of Heaven
  22. Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits
  23. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials trilogy
  24. John Green – The Fault in Our Stars
  25. Dave Eggers – The Circle
  26. Mark Haddon – The Curios Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  27. Yotam Ottolenghi – Plenty and Plenty More
  28. Michael Ende – Momo
  29. Homer – The Odyssey
  30. Dante – The Divine Comedy
  31. Miguel Cervantes – Don Quixote
  32. Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  33. Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina
  34. James Joyce – Ulysses
  35. Primo Levi – If This is a Man
  36. Rene Goscinny – Asterix Legionnaire
  37. Willem Frederick Hermans: Beyond Sleep
  38. Rohinton Mistry – A Fine Balance
  39. Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl
  40. Renate Dorrestein – Unnatural Mothers
  41. Annie MG Schmidt – Minnie
  42. Thea Beckman – Crusade in Jeans
  43. Lieve Joris – The Rebel’s Army
  44. J. Bernlef – Out of Mind
  45. Oriana Fallaci –  A Man
  46. Arundhati Roy – The God of Small Things
  47. Redmond O’Hanlon – Into the Heart of Borneo
  48. Richard de Nooy – Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot
  49. Herman Heijermans – Op Hoop van Zegen
  50. Robert Munsch – The Paper Bag Princess
  51. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
  52. Khaled Hosseini – A Thousand Splendid Suns
  53. Audre Lorde – Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
  54. Audre Lorde – Sister Outside
  55. Audre Lorde – The Cancer Journals
  56. James Baldwin – Go Tell it on the Mountain
  57. James Baldwin – Giovanni’s Room
  58. James Baldwin – Another Country
  59. James Baldwin – The Fire Next Time
  60. James Baldwin – Nobody Knows My Name
  61. James Baldwin – The Price of the Ticket
  62. Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye
  63. Toni Morrison – Beloved
  64. Barbara Kingsolver – The Poisonwood Bible
  65. Ursula K. Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness
  66. Ursula K. Le Guin – The Dispossessed
  67. Ursula K. Le Guin – Earthsea cycle
  68. Pat Barker – Union Street
  69. Pat Barker – WWI trilogy
  70. Gloria Naylor – The Women of Brewster Place
  71. Karen Jay Fowler – We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
  72. Dorothy Allison – Bastard out of Carolina
  73. Michael Cunningham – The Hours
  74. Michael Cunningham – Specimen Days
  75. Emma Goldman – Living My Life
  76. Adam Hochshild – King Leopold’s Ghost
  77. Sandra Cisneros – The House on Mango Street
  78. Luce Irigaray – Speculum of the Other Woman

Books to avoid:

  1. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
  2. Marcel Proust – In Search of Lost Time
  3. James Joyce – Ulysses

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