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Virginia Lawrence | Caminito Del Rocio

The Sandpiper has queried a random selection of Del Mar residents about the best LONG book (over 500 pages) they have ever read. We hope the results of this survey will prove handy if you are ever stumped when asked to name your favorite book for a personal identity question.

Del Mar’s Favorite Long Books

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The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (Frank Chisari) • Alaska by James Michener (Linda Chisari and Dave Druker) • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Joanne Sharp) • American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser (Shirley King) • An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears (Joanne Sharp) • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Roger Lawrence) • Armegeddon: A Novel of Berlin by Leon Uris (Martha Brooks) • Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre (Dave Druker) • Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernières (Ann Gardner) • Caribbean by James Michener (Dave Druker) • Centennial by James Michener (Linda Chisari) • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Doyle (Patricia Selkowitz) • The Covenent by James Michener (Linda Chisari) • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Vorghese (Charlotte Gumbrell and Joanne Sharp) • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Charlotte Gumbrell) • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Linda Chisari) • Fortunata and Jacinta: Two Stories of Married Women by Benito Pérez Galdós (Ben Nyce) • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Betty Wheeler) • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (Martha Brooks, Charlotte Gumbrell, Jill MacDonald, and Patricia Selkowitz) • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Betty Wheeler) • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (Patricia Selkowitz) • Lindbergh by A. Scott Bergh (Martha Brooks) • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (Betty Wheeler) • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Jeff Barnouw) • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Helen Kaufmann) • The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien (Bill Morris) • The Mandarins by Simone de Beauvoir (Betty Wheeler) • Middlemarch by George Elliot (Julie Maxey-Allison) • Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (Penny Abell) • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (Nancy Fisher) • The Odyssey by Homer (Jeff Barnouw) • On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (Frank Chisari) • Personal History by Katharine Graham (Martha Brooks) • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (Martha Brooks and Monica Meredith) • Piloting, Seamanship & Small Boat Handling by Charles F. Chapman (Larry Brooks) • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (Linda Chisari and Dwight Worden) • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer (Bud Emerson) • Roots by Alex Haley (Frank Chisari) • The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill (Roger Lawrence) • Shogun by James Clavell (Jan McMillan) • The Source by James Michener (Jill MacDonald) • The Stand by Steven King (Bill Morris) • The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi (Betty Wheeler) • Sunset Western Garden Book by the editors of Sunset Magazine (Linda Chisari) • Truman by David McCoullough (Martha Brooks) • Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain (Polly Cipparrone) • Trinity by Leon Uris (Claire McGreal) • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Roger Lawrence, Jan McMillan, and Ben Nyce) • What It Takes: The Way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer (Virginia Lawrence)

From our Roving Teen Reporter
I haven’t actually read very many leisure books over 500 pages simply because I don’t have the time, and most of my peers have said about the same thing. Long books I enjoyed for school are Oedipus by Sophocles and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. For leisure, some of my friends said they have enjoyed reading Harry Potter by J.K, Rowling and all the books from The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer. (Leah Gans)



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