Tonawanda News


April 9, 2014

DUVALL: Making a list, checking it twice


Tonawanda News — The book list came together more easily, to my surprise. That’s perhaps because I got a head start when a friend playing a hashtag game online recently prompted me to pick my three favorite books. Plus I own more books than movies, so I had a full bookshelf to look over as reminders. 

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the lists now that I’ve made them. I guess they’ll just sit on my phone, waiting for someone to ask me what my favorite book or movie is.

There will be future lists, I’m sure. I haven’t touched music — song or album. There are favorite sports players, of which I have many. Food, both dishes and restaurants. The possibilities are endless. Maybe eventually I’ll get to a point where I can rank a top 10 of my best lists of things.

Anyway, since I know you’re dying to know, here are the results:


1. “Chinatown”

2. “Bull Durham”

3. “History of the World Part I”

4. “Brokeback Mountain”

5. “Hurt Locker”

6. “Godfather Part II”

7. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

8. “Silver Linings Playbook”

9. “Rear Window”

10. “LA Confidential”


1. “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway

2. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

3. “The Catcher in the Rye” by JD Sallinger

4. “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole

5. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. “The Shipping News” by E. Annie Proulx

7. “Black and Blue” by Ian Rankin (which is really a stand-in for his Inspector Rebus series)

8. “Wish You Were Here” by Stewart O’Nan

9. “Mila 18” by Leon Uris

10. “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbaugh

Eric DuVall is the managing editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter, @EricRDuVall.

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