Escapees from the (Book) Purge – Unread

By Eilene Lyon

If you’re like me (and if you’re a blogger, you probably are), you have waaaay too many books. I’ve been purging the collection over the past few years, because I’m sure someone else needs them more than I do.

But some books remain on my shelves forever, because I’m just sure I’ll get around to reading them…someday. Surely there’s something important to be found in every volume. This isn’t a complete list, but a representative sampling.

Three book set: Walden; The Maine Woods; A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers by Henry David Thoreau

Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt

The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarity

The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

Civil War Wives by Carol Berkin

Lempiere’s Dictionary by Lawrence Norfolk

Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Dog Sense by John Bradshaw

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

The Fence by Robert Lee Maril (about the Mexican border – a peeve of mine)

The Richness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

Six book set, Sacred Writings: The Dhammapada; The Qur’an; The Apocrypha and the New Testament; The Analects of Confucius; The Tanakh; The Rig Veda (I’m not religious, but since a majority of people are, I figure I ought to know what they read)

Lots of books on Arts and Crafts

Next time, the list of books that stay forever because I’ve read them, love them, and will never part with them.

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