Much Loved Books (Besides Ours)

Tom Joyce here – barstool development editor for Codorus Press. This weekend, I joined Don’t Be Cruel author Mike Argento to man the Codorus Press table at the York Book and Paper Fair in York County. And as always at that particular venue, we had a blast. Kudos to Jim Lewin, event organizer and owner of the York Emporium – one of Team Codorus’ all-time favorite bookstores.

We sold a bunch of copies of all three titles we’ve got out so far: Mike’s Don’t Be Cruel, Acid Indigestion Eyes by Wayne Lockwood, and Immaculate Deception by Scott B. Pruden.

What really made our day was talking to people who’d already picked up our titles at other venues, and wanted to tell us how much they liked them. *Sigh!* It’s nice to be popular.

Since we’re a bunch of bibliophiles (a fancy term for “book geeks”) here at Codorus Press, we figured we’d take advantage of being surrounded by people who like books as much as we do.  We asked everybody who stopped by the Codorus Press table to recommend a book that he or she thinks people should read.

We ended up with quite a diverse list – ranging from classics (The Bible? Doesn’t get much more classic than that) to contemporary mainstream fiction, to history, to genre fiction. A number of people included titles that they themselves or acquaintances had written. As advocates of the do-it-yourself approach to publishing, we approve whole-heartedly. Here’s the list of titles people wrote down:

– “The Hanging of Susanna Cox” by Patricia Earnest Suter

– “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau

– “The Haven” by Graham Diamond

– “Naked Lunch” by William S. Burroughs

– “1632” by Eric Flint

– “29 Gifts” by Cami Walker

– “Forced Into Glory” by Lerone Bennett, Jr.

– “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

– “The Dresden Files” by Jim Butcher

– “John Adams” by David McCullough

– “The Greater Journey” by David McCullough (Popular man, that David.)

– “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs

– “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

– “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

– “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann

– “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry

– “Lines of Contention” by J.G. Lewin and P.J. Huff

– “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

– “Writer of the Purple Rage” by Joe Lansdale

– “The Quiet in the Land” by Henry P. Wieler

– “A Fraction of the Whole” by Steve Toltz

– “Seven Gothic Tales” by Isak Dinesen

– “Watership Down” by Richard Adams

– “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov

– “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger

– “Little Big” by John Crowley

– “Desolation Angels” by Jack Kerouac

– “Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo

– “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess

– “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez

– “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario

– “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath

– “The Bible”

– “Down River” by John Hart

– “IQ84” by Hurami Murakami

– “Floating Staircase” by Ronald Malfi

– “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom

– “Late Late at Night” by Rick Springfield

– “Kitty Cornered” by Bob Tarte

– “Joy” by Jayne Ann Krentz

– “The Witch’s Daughter” by Paula Brackston

– “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

– “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

– “The Small Catechism” by Martin Luther

– “Indians in Pennsylvania” by Paul A.W. Wallace and William Rohrbeck

– “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne

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