“The Luck of Roaring Camp” by Bret Harte can be found in The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Writings (Penguin Classics).
The book with the “red cover”: So many options! I think the customer is looking for the hardcover edition of No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, designed by Chip Kidd.
the Alex Cross series by James Patterson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
“a very pretty Gollum” – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
“from Juliet to Ophelia to Gertrude to Hecate” – Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Marian Wallace’s first name is a play on Silas Marner author’s George Eliot’s real name, Mary Ann Evans. Ismay’s and Nicole’s maiden name is Evans.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael Smollin
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“PLEASE DISINFECT BEFORE HANDLING THE INFANTA” – Listening to “The Infanta” by the Decemberists would not be wrong.
The Wife Books:
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A.J. quit too soon. The books-with-wife-in-the-title vein is rich. Someone in publishing once told me that the word “wife” in the title tended to make a book more successful commercially.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace
Lambiase’s “graduated” reading list: Jeffery Deaver, James Patterson, Jo Nesbø, Elmore Leonard, Walter Mosley, Cormac McCarthy
A.J.’s dig at James Patterson (“or whoever writes for James Patterson”) is imprecise. Really, he should have said “whoever writes with James Patterson” —to his credit, Patterson has never made his collaborators a secret.
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson