The Books of Bowie

Everyone’s heard the news about David Bowie passing away on 1/10/16. I’m the first to admit that I have extremely limited knowledge of the man.

What I know about him consists of:

  1. He was in Labyrinth
  2. He sang.
  3. He dressed…oddly.
  4. He had a blown pupil from getting in a fight or something.

Anyways, the NYPL dug up a list he apparently posted on his Facebook page of his top 100 books. Needless to say, I was curious enough to dig through it.  Wow. He had some books on there that I’d never heard of. Okay, that’s not really that surprising, considering I’m more of a pleasure reader than a serious reader, but still..

Click here to check out the source article and included list.

So how many did I know of? I’ll be honest: 11 that I’m sure of. There were a few that I thought sounded familiar, but if I couldn’t immediately go “OH, that’s about….” I didn’t include it.


How many of Bowie’s favorite books have you heard of or read?

I hope his family is finding peace and comfort in each other and memories of him today.


2 thoughts on “The Books of Bowie

  1. Hmm, let’s see:
    #9: Flaubert, Madame Bovary
    #10: Homer, Iliad
    #31: Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    #36: Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
    #46: West, The Day of the Locusts
    #47: Orwell, 1984
    #76: Mitford, The American Way of Death
    #78: Lawrence, Lady Chatterly’s Lover
    #89: Kerouac, On the Road
    #94: di Lampedusa, The Leopard
    #95: Dante, Inferno (and the rest of the Divine Comedy)
    Of the ones you have pictured above, I was never able to read through “A Clockwork Orange,” while “In Cold Blood” is one of those books I should have read by now. My recommendation, if you want to add one that I’ve read and you have not, is “The Leopard” (which incidentally has a splendid movie version as well).

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