Troy Jollimore's Top Ten List

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    Troy Jollimore (born 1971) is a Canadian poet and philosopher. His debut book of poems, Tom Thomson in Purgatory (2006), won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and was a finalist for the Poet’s Prize. It reflected his blend of lyricism, weighty themes and light humor that characterized his two subsequent collections, The Solipsist (2008) and At Lake Scugog (2011). His poems have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The Believer, McSweeney's and Poetry. His philosophical works include Friendship and Agent-Relative Morality (2001), Love's Vision (2011) and On Loyalty (2012).

    1. Strangers in Paradise: Stories by Lee K. Abbott (1986).
    2. The Infinities by John Banville (2010).
    3. No Country for Old Men (screenplay) by Joel and Ethan Coen (2007).
    4. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin (1983).
    5. Island: The Collected Stories by Alistair MacLoed (2000).
    6. The Love of a Good Woman: Stories by Alice Munro (1998).
    7. Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje (1982).
    8. Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon (1997).
    9. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (1980).
    10. The Fever by Wallace Shawn (1990).

    New List

    Maxine Hong Kingston

    1. Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer (1968).
    2. Begin Again by Grace Paley (2000)
    3. Duty of Delight by Dorothy Day (2008)
    4. Every War Has Two Losers by William Stafford (2003)
    5. Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War by Viet Nguyen (2016).
    6. Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh (1992)
    7. A Primer for Forgetting by Lewis Hyde (2019)
    8. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    9. Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston
    10. War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges (2002)



     

    Classic List

    Top Ten African-American Works

    1. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952). 
    2. Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987). 
    3. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977). 
    4. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937). 
    5. Native Son by Richard Wright (1945). 
    6. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959). 
    7. Another Country by James Baldwin (1962). 
    8. Cane by Jean Toomer (1923). 
    9. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid (1990). 
    10. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1965). 

     





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