1. A la recherche du temps perdu by Marcel Proust

2. The Complete Poems of e.e. cummings

3. The Complete Stories of Lydia Davis

4.  Wolf Hall  by Hillary Mantel

5. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

6. The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

7. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

8. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

9. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

10. Planet of Slums by Mike Davis

11. Moments of Being: Unpublished Autobiographical Writing by Virginia Wolf

12. The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein

13. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

14. Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

15. The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

16. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

17. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

18. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

19. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

20. Chroniques du Plateau de Montreal by Michel Tremblay


21. knit a sweater

22. figure out this gardening thing

23. make marmalade

24. sourdough starter

25. build bookshelves

Things to do and learn

26. learn pottery

27. write a book or several

28. learn to sculpt

29. learn to salsa

30. photograph an aerial performance

31. perform in a poetry slam

32. join a choir

33. paint with oils

34. design a pair of gorgeous shoes

35. learn how to use Photoshop and InDesign

36. do an entire week of New York Times crossword puzzles, in ink

37. run the Big Sur Marathon

38. hike on the Appalachian Trail

39. take part in a scrabble tournament

40. learn to properly ride a bike

41. sky dive

42. camp as an adult

43. learn russian

44. take a two week silent retreat

45. take a trapeze class

46. picnic in an alpine meadow

47. play table tennis


48. a Joshua Tree

49. Measure for Measure

50. a Cirque du Soleil performance under the big top

51. the Grand Canyon

52. Tokyo

53. Marakesh

54. The Rites of Spring

55. Tierra Del Fuego

56. a Galapagos tortoise

57. Mt. Kilauea

58. an iceberg

59. the Ice Fields Parkway

60. Bruges

61. the Van Gogh museum

62. Fallingwater

63. Venice

64. Guernica

65. dancing Grebes

66. capoeira

67. Chinese opera

68. a dragon boat race

69. a fire eater

70. a live performance of Bach’s Suites for Unaccompanied Cello

71. Zoe Keating perform

72. the Edinburgh fringe festival

73. a talk by Julia Kristeva

74. the Hermitage

75. Hadrian’s Wall