Monday, May 3, 2010

Listless Monday, Roaring Twenties Edition

Listless Monday was inspired by both Amanda at A Bookshelf Monstrosity's feature Books by Theme and Court at Once Upon a Bookshelf's Listed feature.  Be sure to check out their lists!
(photo of my grandmother around 1922)
I've decided to do a little series of flashbacks to previous decades.  I probably will only do three decades right now, but maybe more later.  I'm going for the twenties this week (1920s, that is).  I've divided this list into books published during the 20s, nonfiction about the 20s, and historical fiction about the 20s. 

Books Published in the 1920s:

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis (suggested by Andie)
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Old New York by Edith Wharton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
This Side of Paradise by Ernest Hemingway 
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Ulysses by James Joyce
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Nonfiction about the 1920s

Belles on their Toes by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
Tisha Robert Specht and Anne Purdy

Historical Fiction:

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
The Beekeeper's Apprentice (and sequels) by Laurie R. King (Beekeeper is more 1910s - thank you KT!)
Bright Young Things by Anna Godberson
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Jeeves and Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse
The Flappers series by Jillian Larkin

I'd love any suggestions you might have!

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  1. There's a bunch I've read, and a bunch I should read! :)

  2. I always love these lists! I love different ways of thinking about and grouping books.

  3. Gah yes!!! The Jazz Age is one of my favorite periods in history to read about, fiction or nonfiction. A bunch of these books are either already on my wishlist or are going on right now :)

  4. Interesting list! Wow I never knew Winnie the Pooh was written in the 1920s! Funny how this list might actually help me with my AP United States History exam this Friday...hoho.

    Well I don't believe I have any suggestions for books out right now, but there are some being released in the future that I am VERY excited for that take place during the Roaring Twenties:
    1) Libba Bray's The Diviners- 2012
    2) Lila Fine's Vixen- 2010
    3) Anna Godbersen's Bright Young Things- 2010


  5. Suey, me too!

    Caroline, thanks :)

    Bookshelf Monstrosity, I know I want to read a bunch more from this era!

    Amy, I hadn't heard about Libba Bray's new series - excellent! I am looking forward to reading more gossipy Godberson, though.

  6. Not that it really matters, but The Beekeepers Apprentice actually takes place during the teens (ending I believe in 1919) - the others in the series take place during the 20s though.

    I really enjoy these lists, though they usually add even more books to my enormous TBR pile :)

  7. I love the 1920's so I'll have to add a bunch of these to my list! Thanks! :)

  8. KT, thanks for the heads up! I honestly couldn't remember the exact dates, and that is the only one I've read from the series.

    Court, it's fun to do these lists!

  9. May I add Main Street by Sinclair Lewis ... Definitely the 1920s (first published 1921) and probably the book most responsible for his Nobel prize, together with Arrowsmith (1926).

    In terms of kids' lit, Little House in the Big Woods by Luara Ingalls Wilder is just "out", having been first published in 1932.

  10. Andie, I already had Main Street, but I've never even heard of Arrowsmith (so I added it). I think I'll save Little House for the 1930s list on Monday! Thanks as always!


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