Lola & Toni in the Tonga

Our Reading List

So, we have had quite a bit of time to read while here. Lack of television probably has something to do with it. Here are some of the books we have been reading while we are here, I don’t think it is comprehensive though. I haven’t rated the books, so if you haven’t read one on the list and want to know what I think about it, please let me know.

Getting Stoned with Savages by J. Marten Troost

The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

Making Sense of Tonga by Mary McCoy & Drew Havea (Peace Corps reading)

Bob Dylan Chronicles – Volume One

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

Stones for Ibarra by Hariet Doerr

Carry Me Down by M.J. Hyland

The Occupation by Guy Walters

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamandia Ngozi Adiche

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

Let the Dog Drive by David Bowman

The Princess and the Peace Corps by Lorena Anne Hulskamp

A Land Without Time – A Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan by John Sumser

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Midnight Runner by Jack Higgins

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn

Void Moon by Michael Connelly

The Heart is a lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Sultry Moon by Mempo Giardinelli

March by Geraldine Brooks

The Bounty – The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander

Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah

Hawaii by James Michener

Everybody Into the Pool by Beth Listick

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Darkly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin

Ismael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

A Walk in the Woods Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

The Captain is out to Lunch and the sailors have taken over the ship by Charles Bukowski

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Helping Me Help Myself by Beth Lisick

The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Night Blind By Jan Worth

Lost on Planet China:  The Strange and True Story of One Man’s Attempt to Understand the World’s Most Mystifying Nation, or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid by J. Maarten Troost

The Ugly American by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

Dress  Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

The Reader by  Bernhard Schlink

The Bone People by Keri Hulme

Falling Man by Don DeLillo

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

An Unquiet Mind:  A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison


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Lara and Trent,

This is a good place to mention that I will try to bring a few books with me to leave at the PC office library, including “Nightblind” written by Jan Worth (Tonga 17) and set in the house in Maufanga we both lived in at different times and during the period surrounding the murder of Deborah Gardner. I read a lot of books from that library while a PCV so I figure I should add to it now that I will have the chance.

Roger Reed
Tonga 23

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