Book Club

"A well-read woman is a dangerous creature."
-Lisa Kleypas

Welcome to The Vintage Project Book Club!  Please take a seat in the library and make yourself comfortable while I grab the refreshments.  Are you ready Kittens?  We're about to get Literary!

Chorus Girls, 1930
Below are the links to the three lists I'll be using as the backbone for the literary portion of The Project.  I've extracted all the titles and created a fully integrated listing that will keep track of our progress and upcoming novels as it just seems like the best way to go (and a fantastic reason for me to make another list!!).  Since I'm not limiting myself to only what is on these three lists, there will be novels added and some removed as we progress.  As novels are read, they will be moved to the bottom of the list in an attempt to keep some semblance of order.

Best LA Novel Ever Tournament
BBC 100 Books to Read Before you Die
Modern Library's 100 Best Novels

Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence    MARCH 2014/APRIL 2015 BOOK CLUB SELECTION
Meditations in an Emergency - Frank O'Hara    APRIL 2014/2015 BOOK CLUB SELECTION
Dracula - Bram Stoker
True Confessions - John Gregory Dunne (LA Weekly)
The Player - Michael Tolkin (LA Weekly)
The Revolt of the Cockroach People - Oscar Zeta Acosta and Hunter S. Thompson (LA Weekly)
City of Night - John Rechy (LA Weekly)
The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West (LA Weekly)
Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon (LA Weekly)
If He Hollers Let Him Go - Chester Himes (LA Weekly)
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? - Horace McCoy (LA Weekly)
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain (LA Weekly)
Locas - Yxta Maya Murray (LA Weekly)
Ask the Dust - John Fante (LA Weekly)
The Last Tycoon - F. Scott Fitzgerald (LA Weekly)
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler (LA Weekly)
Lithium for Medea - Kate Braverman (LA Weekly)
A Single Man - Christopher Isherwood (LA Weekly)
The Loved One - Evelyn Waugh (LA Weekly)
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly (LA Weekly)
White Oleander - Janet Fitch (LA Weekly)
Tropic of Orange - Karen Tei Tamashita (LA Weekly)
An Inconvenient Woman - Dominick Dunne (LA Weekly)
The Monkey's Raincoat - Robert Crais (LA Weekly)
The Tortilla Curtain - T.C. Boyle (LA Weekly)
Empty the Sun - Joseph Mattson (LA Weekly)
Play It As It Lays - Joan Didion (LA Weekly)
Devil in a Blue Dress - Walter Mosley (LA Weekly)
The Tattooed Soldier - Hector Tobar (LA Weekly)
Golden Days - Carolyn See (LA Weekly)
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (BBC)
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (BBC)
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman (BBC)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (BBC)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - JK Rowling (BBC)
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee (BBC)
Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne (BBC)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis (BBC)
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë (BBC)
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (BBC)
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë (BBC)
Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks (BBC)
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (BBC)
The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger (BBC)
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (BBC)
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (BBC)
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (BBC)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres (BBC)
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (BBC)
Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (BBC)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling (BBC)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling (BBC)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling (BBC)
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (BBC)
Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy (BBC)
Middlemarch - George Eliot (BBC)
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving (BBC)
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (BBC)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (BBC)
The Story of Tracy Beaker - Jaqueline Wilson (BBC)
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez (BBC)
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett (BBC)
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (BBC)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (BBC)
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson (BBC)
A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute (BBC)
Persuasion - Jane Austen (BBC)
Dune - Frank Herbert (BBC)
Emma - Jane Austen (BBC)
Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (BBC)
Watership Down - Richard Adams (BBC)
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (BBC)
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh (BBC)
Animal Farm - George Orwell (BBC)
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (BBC)
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy (BBC)
Goodnight Mister Tom - Michelle Magorian (BBC)
The Shell Seekers - Rosamunde Pilcher (BBC)
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (BBC)
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck (BBC)
The Stand - Stephen King (BBC)
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy (BBC)
A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth (BBC)
The BFG - Roald Dahl (BBC)
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome (BBC)
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell (BBC)
Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer (BBC)
Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (BBC)
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman (BBC)
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (BBC)
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (BBC)
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCollough (BBC)
Mort - Terry Pratchett (BBC)
The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton (BBC)
The Magus - John Fowles (BBC)
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (BBC)
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett (BBC)
Lord of the Flies - William Golden (BBC)
Perfume - Patrick Süskind (BBC)
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists - Robert Tressell (BBC)
Night Watch - Terry Pratchett (BBC)
Matilda - Roald Dahl (BBC)
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding (BBC)
The Secret History - Donna Tartt (BBC)
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (BBC)
Ulysses - James Joyce (BBC)
Bleak House - Charles Dickens (BBC)
Double Act - Jacqueline Wilson (BBC)
The Twits - Roald Dahl (BBC)
I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith (BBC)
Holes - Louis Sachar (BBC)
Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake (BBC)
The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy (BBC)
Vicky Angel - Jacqueline Wilson (BBC)
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (BBC)
Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons (BBC)
Magician - Raymond E. Feist (BBC)
On the Road - Jack Kerouac (BBC)
The Godfather - Mario Puzo (BBC)
The Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M. Auel (BBC)
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett (BBC)
Katherine - Anya Seton (BBC)
Kane and Abel - Jeffery Archer (BBC)
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel García Márquez (BBC)
Girls in Love - Jacqueline Wilson (BBC)
The Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot (BBC)
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (BBC)
The Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man - James Joyce (Modern Library)
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (Modern Library)
The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner (Modern Library)
Darkness at Noon - Arthur Koestler (Modern Library)
Sons and Lovers - D.H. Lawrence (Modern Library)
Under the Volcano - Malcolm Lawry (Modern Library)
The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler (Modern Library)
I, Claudius - Robert Graves (Modern Library)
To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (Modern Library)
An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser (Modern Library)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers (Modern Library)
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut (Modern Library)
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison (Modern Library)
Native Son - Richard Wright (Modern Library)
Henderson the Rain King - Saul Bellow (Modern Library)
Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara (Modern Library)
Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson (Modern Library)
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster (Modern Library)
The Wings of the Dove - Henry James (Modern Library)
The Ambassadors - Henry James (Modern Library)
Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald (Modern Library)
The Good Soldier - Ford Maddox Ford (Modern Library)
The Golden Bowl - Henry James (Modern Library)
Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser (Modern Library)
A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh (Modern Library)
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner (Modern Library)
All the King's Men - Robert Penn Warren (Modern Library)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder (Modern Library)
Howards End - E.M. Forster (Modern Library)
Go Tell It On the Mountain - James Baldwin (Modern Library)
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene (Modern Library)
Deliverance - James Dickey (Modern Library)
Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley (Modern Library)
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway (Modern Library)
The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad (Modern Library)
Nostromo - Joesph Conrad (Modern Library)
The Rainbow - D.H. Lawrence (Modern Library)
Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence (Modern Library)
Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller (Modern Library)
The Naked and the Dead - Norman Mailer (Modern Library)
Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth (Modern Library)
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov (Modern Library)
Light in August - William Faulkner (Modern Library)
On the Road - Jack Kerouac (Modern Library)
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett (Modern Library)
Parade's End - Ford Maddox Ford (Modern Library)
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton (Modern Library)
The Moviegoer - Walker Percy (Modern Library)
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather (Modern Library)
From Here to Eternity - James Jones (Modern Library)
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Modern Library)
Of Human Bondage - W. Somerset Maugham (Modern Library)
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad (Modern Library)
Main Street - Sinclair Lewis (Modern Library)
The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton (Modern Library)
The Alexandria Quartet - Lawrence Durell (Modern Library)
A High Wind in Jamaica - Richard Hughes (Modern Library)
A House for Mr. Biswas - V.S. Naipaul (Modern Library)
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway (Modern Library)
Scoop - Evelyn Waugh (Modern Library)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brody - Muriel Spark (Modern Library)
Finnegan's Wake - James Joyce (Modern Library)
Kim - Rudyard Kipling (Modern Library)
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh (Modern Library)
The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow (Modern Library)
Angel of Repose - Wallace Stegner (Modern Library)
A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul (Modern Library)
The Death of the Heart - Elizabeth Bowen (Modern Library)
Lord Jim - Joseph Conrad (Modern Library)
Ragtime - E.L. Doctorow (Modern Library)
The Old Wives' Tale - Arnold Bennett (Modern Library)
The Call of the Wild - Jack London (Modern Library)
Loving - Henry Green (Modern Library)
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie (Modern Library)
Tobacco Road - Erskine Caldwell (Modern Library)
Ironweed - William Kennedy (Modern Library)
The Magus - John Fowles (Modern Library)
Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys (Modern Library)
Under the Net - Iris Murdoch (Modern Library)
Sophie's Choice - William Styron (Modern Library)
The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles (Modern Library)
The Postman Always Rings Twice - James M. Cain (Modern Library)
The Ginger Man - J.P. Donleavy (Modern Library)
The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington (Modern Library)
Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote  01.20.2013
What Makes Sammy Run? - Budd Schulberg (LA Weekly)  01.2013 Book Club Selection
Less Than Zero - Bret Easton Ellis (LA Weekly)  02.2013 Book Club Selection
Oil! - Upton Sinclair (LA Weekly)  03.2013 Book Club Selection
The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams  04.10.2013
The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (BBC)  04.2013 Book Club Selection
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell (BBC)  05.2013 Book Club Selection
Post Office - Charles Bukowski (LA Weekly)  06.2013 Book Club Selection
L.A. Confidential - James Ellroy (LA Weekly)  07.2013 Book Club Selection
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (BBC)  08.2013 Book Club Selection
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde  09.2013 Book Club Selection
A Room with a View - E.M. Forster (Modern Library)  02.2014 Book Club Selection


  1. I think it would be fun to read one of the books on the LA list, and then get together and watch the movie and compare! I would suggest "The Big Sleep," or "LA Confidential" to kick that off (probably "The Big Sleep" first because it's pretty short and the movie is classic Bogey -- PS: what's a Bogey Lowenstein?). It could be the Vintage Film Club! If you can guess who this is, I'll be really impressed. Your "comment as" button doesn't seem to be working...

    1. Hi Kimmie! I was already going to do that on my own, but throwing a Vintage Film Club Soirée sounds like a fabulous idea!