The Author’s Bookshelf: Judy Blume

Judy Blume is one of America’s most beloved authors. She grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was a teenager in 1952 when the real events in In The Unlikely Event took place. She has written books for all ages. Her 28 previous titles include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Forever; and Summer Sisters. Her books have sold more than 85 million copies in 32 languages. She is a champion of intellectual freedom, working with the National Coalition Against Censorship in support of writers, teachers, librarians, and students. In 2004, Blume was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. She lives in Key West and New York City.

Books by Judy Blume:

In The Unlikely Event

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Tiger Eyes

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Summer Sisters

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Freckle Juice

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Judy's Favorites:

  • Madeline — Ludwig BemelmansThe first book I fell in love with at the Elizabeth (NJ) public library. I found it on my own, memorized it (I must have been around four and couldn't read yet). I loved it so much I hid it so my mother would not be able to return it to the library. I thought it was the only copy in the world. To this day I feel guilty. It was the first book I bought for my daughter's library when she was born.
  • The Adventures of Augie March — Saul BellowOne of the books I found in the bookshelves flanking the fireplace in our living room. I was 12 and interested in the world of adults and the secrets they kept from children. I still remember a steamy scene involving an eagle, one I must have read hundreds of times. Fortunately, my parents placed no restrictions on what books I could read. In our house reading was a good thing.
  • Them — Joyce Carol OatesI had two small children. They were playing in the backyard sandbox. It was summer. Bath time came and went, suppertime came and went. But I could not put down this book. It was unlike anything I'd ever read. When my then husband came home and found me reading and the children still playing outside, he was not happy. But I was.
  • American Pastoral — Philip Roth One of my go-to novels for inspiration as a writer. It never fails to amaze me.
  • Martha Quest and the Children of Violence series — Doris Lessing I was swept into another world by these five novels. I went from reading one to another to another. Still, the first, Martha Quest, remains my favorite. It was my husband, George, who introduced me to them.

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  • About a Boy

    By Nick Hornby

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781573227339
    • Publisher: Riverhead Books
    • Published: January 1998
    Will trades his lack of enthusiasm toward children for a date with a truly beautiful woman and single mother in a comic, incisive novel about modern romance, by the author of the international best-seller High Fidelity. Reprint.
  • American Pastoral

    By Philip Roth

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375701429
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: 1998
    Swede Levov grows up in the booming postwar years to marry a former Miss New Jersey, inherit his father's glove factory, and move into a stone house in the idyllic hamlet of Old Rimrock. And then one day in 1968, Swede's beautiful American luck deserts him. Compulsively readable, propelled by sorrow, rage, and a deep compassion for its characters. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Appointment in Samarra

    By John O'Hara

    Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780143107071
    • Publisher: Penguin Classics
    • Published: April 2013
    The writer whom Fran Lebowitz compared to the author of The Great Gatsby, calling him ?the real F. Scott Fitzgerald,” makes his Penguin Classics debut with this beautiful deluxe edition of his best-loved book. One of the great novels of small-town American life, Appointment in Samarra is John O’Hara’s crowning achievement. In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction. Brimming with wealth and privilege, jealousy and infidelity, O’Hara’s iconic first novel is an unflinching look at the dark side of the American dream?and a lasting testament to the keen social intelligence if a major American writer.
  • Atonement

    By Ian McEwan

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780385721790
    • Publisher: Anchor Books
    • Published: February 2003
    Winner of the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. Brilliantly and utterly enthralling in its depiction of childhood, love and war in class-conscious England. At its center is a profound - and profoundly moving - exploration of shame and forgiveness. 'Our era's Jane Austen.' Now a Major Motion Picture. 351p.
  • Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

    By Alexandra Fuller

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780375758997
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: March 2003
    In this galvanizing national bestseller the author remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity. The diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, the book is suffused with the author'sendearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Illus., b&w photographs. 315p. Pap.
  • Fear of Flying

    By Erica Jong

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780451209436
    • Publisher: New American Library
    • Published: November 2003
    Originally published in 1973. The groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free. Fueling fantasies, igniting debates, and even introducing a new phrase to the English language - the 'zipperless f***' - Fear of Flying went on to sell more than twelve million copies on the way to becoming a genuine cultural icon: a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood. Roll over Ms. de Beauvoir!
  • Heartburn

    By Nora Ephron

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679767954
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: May 1996
    A sidesplitting novel about the breakup of a perfect marriage. Ingredients? A seven-month pregnant woman who discovers her husband is in love with another woman. Wouldn't you know it: in between trying to win him back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of heer favorite recipes. With a perfect souffle ending! Recipe Index. 179p.
  • Housekeeping

    By Marilynne Robinson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312424091
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: October 2004
    The story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, which is set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death. Ruth and Lucille's struggletoward adulthood beautifully illuminates the price of loss and survival, and the dangerous and deep undertow of transience. Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award. From the author of 'Gilead.' 219p.
  • In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences

    By Truman Capote

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679745587
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: February 1994
    From what was initially to be a magazine piece, Truman Capote produced a paradigmatic reconstruction of the November 15, 1959 murder of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, carving out a new genre of documentation. Capote's book unleashed a synthesis of crime reportage and serious literature. His vivid, dynamic account of the murder & investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers generates a new form of suspense and empathy that transcend the event. In yielding his altogether original exposure into the nature of American violence, Capote invented a unique literary lens forobserving the culture at large. 343p.
  • Jane Eyre

    By Charlotte Bronte

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307455192
    • Publisher: Vintage Classics
    • Published: 2009
    This most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester. The loneliness and cruelty of Jane’s childhood strengthens her natural independence and spirit, which prove invaluable when she takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall. But after falling in love with her sardonic employer, her discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a hear-wrenching choice. Ever since its publication in 1847, JANE EYRE has enthralled every kind of reader, from the most critical and cultivated to the youngest and most unabashedly romantic. It lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling. Now a major motion picture. 596p.
  • Little Failure: A Memoir

    By Gary Shteyngart

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812982497
    • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
    • Published: October 2014
    The all too true story of an immigrant family betting its future on America, as told by a lifelong misfit who finally finds a place for himself in the world through books and words. 384p.
  • Lolita

    By Vladimir Nabokov

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679723165
    • Publisher: Vintage International
    • Published: 1989
    The infinitely absorbing story of aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring and doomed passion for the 'nymphet' Dolores Haze. Set against a post-WWII American modernism that etches the 'highway & travel lodge' mode into an emblem of illicit desire achieved, Humbert's obsessional love drive for Lolita takes whatever was left of its Russian-born author's formative prose to a level unrivalled in 20th-century fiction. 317p.
  • Madeleine

    By Ludwig Bemelmans

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9782211021562
    • Publisher: L'ECOLE DES LOISIRS
    • Published: August 2000
    Madeleine, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.
  • Marjorie Morningstar

    By Herman Wouk

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780316955133
    • Publisher: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company
    • Published: June 1992
    This unforgettable tale of romance spanning two continents and of the marvelous young heroine at its center remains one of the most affecting coming-of-age novels of our time. 565p.
  • Martha Quest

    By Doris Lessing

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780060959692
    • Publisher: Harper Perennial
    • Published: January 2001
    (Book One of the Children of Violence series). A young woman living on a farm in Africa revolts against the puritan snobbery of her parents. 327p.