1001 Books For Every Mood by Hallie Ephron

1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron: Book CoverFinished 10-4-09, rating 4/5, non-fiction, pub. 2008

I loved this book of book lists and recommendations.  Ephron chose to list one book per author and the format is easy and fun to read.  There are bits of trivia included too.  Of the 1001 books she has listed, I have read 65 and 33 of those are on my personal Top 100 list.

Since this is essentially a book of lists I chose one book from each category to add to my own TBR list.  Some of these books I already own!  So, for this review I am going to list every category -grab a cup of coffee and get comfy- and the book I chose so that you can get a taste of what’s in here.  And I’ll have an electronic list.  I’ve starred the books I already own.

Are you in the mood…

For a laugh…Sick Puppy by Hiaasen

For a Good Cry…Mama Day by Naylor

For a Wallow in a Slough of Despond…Miss Lonely Hearts by West

To Behave…Domestic Manners of the Americans by Trollope

To Misbehave…Fear of Flying by Jong*

To Go Over the Edge…American Psycho by Ellis

To Love…Gone With the Wind by Mitchell*

To Love Again…Foreign Affairs by Lurie

To Celebrate Friends…The Chosen by Potok*

To Celebrate Siblings…Founding Brothers:The Revolutionary Generation by Ellis

To Remember Mama…The Joy Luck Club by Tan*

To Remember Dear Ol’ Dad…Independence Day by Ford

To Blame Your Genes…The Source:A Guidebook of American Genealogy by Szucs

To Celebrate the Season…The Stupidest Angel by Moore

To Hug Your Dog…Travels With Charley by Steinbeck

To Sift Through Clues…No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Smith

To Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid…The Turn of the Screw by James

To Dream…The Alchemist by Coehlo

To Be Astounded…Mists of Avalon by Bradley

To Hit a Home Run…The Kid from Tomkinsville by Tunis

For Action…The RElic by Preston & Child

For Grand Adventure…Life of Pi by Martel*

For Apocalyptic Vision…The Stand by King

For a Walk on the Wild Side…Aminal Farm by Orwell*

For Thrills…The Silence of the Lambs by Harris

For Chills…Into Cold Blood by Capote*

For Intrigue…The Faithful Spy by Berenson

For Theatrics…Show Boat by Ferber

To Play the Game…Paper Lion by Plimpton

For a Musical Interlude…Bel Canto by Patchett

For Romance…I Capture the Castle by Smith

For Revenge…Life & Loves of a She-Devil by Weldon

For Heartbreak…Kate Vaiden by Price

For Heartburn…Fast Food Nation by Schlosser

For Adolescent Angst…All the Pretty Horses by McCarthy

To Indulge your Inner Child…A Little Princess by Burnett

To Clean your Plate…The Debt to Pleasure by Lanchester

To Satisfy your Curiousity…A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bryson

To Indulge your Senses…Perfume:The Story of a Murderer by Suskind

To Laugh & Cry at the Same Time…A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Eggers*

For Hubris…The Bonfire of the Vanities by Wolfe*

For Greed…She’s Come Undone by Lamb*

For Historical…Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Gurganus*

For Hysterical…Lucky Jim by Amis

For Shock…The Virgin Suicides by Eugenides

For Outrage…Roots by Hailey*

For Hope…The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Gaines*

For Inspiration…A Prayer for Owen Meany by Irving*

For Redemption…Deep End of the Ocean by Mitchard*

For a Shot in the Arm…How to Win Friends & Influence People by Carnegie*

For a Kick in the Pants…Nickel & Dimed by Ehrenreich*

To March into Battle…Machine Dreams by Phillips

To Run Away from Home…Under the Tuscan Sun by Mayes

To Join the Circus…The Aerialist by Schmitt

To Take a trip…A Walk in the Woods by Bryson

To Take a Trip in the Fast Lane…Around the World in 80 Days by Verne

To Trip Down Memory Lane…A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Smith

To Trip the Light Fantastic…My Life by Duncan

To Soar…The Right Stuff by Wolfe

To Set Sail…To Say Nothing of the Dog by Willis

To Slide Down the Rabbit Hole…The Eyre Affair by Fforde

To Bend Your Mind…The Illustrated Man by Bradbury

To Get Philosophical…Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig*

To Strike it Rich…Blink by Gladwell

To Get Wasted…Valley of the Dolls by Susann

To Get Sober…Charming Billy by McDermott*

To Suffer…Train by Dexter

To Suffer (No) Fools…The Emperor’s Children by Messud

To Survive…Kindred by Butler

To Trust No One…Tortilla Curtain by Boyle

To Grieve…The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Edwards

To Turn On…Lady Chatterley’s Lover by Lawrence*

To Turn Off…The Art of Doing Nothing by Vienne*

To Revel in Words…On Writing Well by Zinsser

To Revel in Wit…Leaving Home by Buchwald

To Revel in Art…The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Chevalier*

To Save the World…Change the World by Quinn

To Defy Expectations…The Diving Bell & The Butterfly by Bauby*

To Reinvent Yourself…Frankenstein by Shelley*

This was a library copy.

6 thoughts on “1001 Books For Every Mood by Hallie Ephron

  1. bermudaonion says:

    I can’t believe you haven’t read Gone With the Wind – I envy you getting to experience it for the very first time.

    I must confess that I have never had a desire to read it. I’ve seen the movie and, well, didn’t love it. I know this makes me weird. Maybe reading the book will give me a greater appreciation.

  2. Margot @ Joyfully Retired says:

    Great list. I like the way you tied this in with your own Top 100. A list like this gives you a lot of pleasure to look forward to. I’m going to get my own list going and see if I can find this book too.

    By the way, I think the author is Nora Ephron’s sister.

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