Emma Donoghue & the ‘Room’ Bookshelf

By Jason Boog Comment

As the Man Booker prize announcement nears, readers around the globe have explored Emma Donoghue’s Booker shortlisted novel, Room.

The book tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who is imprisoned in a single room with his mother. Everything Jack knows about the world he learned from a battered television set and the nine books kept inside the room.

We did a little research, trying to find all the books that Jack read. Our list follows below–a surreal glimpse at contemporary fiction from inside the suspenseful novel. The Man Booker Prize winner will be announced this evening.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks
The Shack by William P. Young
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

My Big Book of Nursery Rhymes by Peter Stevenson
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd
Dylan the Digger (According to The Olympian, this imaginary book was “inspired by a book that Donoghue’s son loved but that drove her crazy.”)
Pop-Up Airport by unknown–any suggestions? (GalleyCat reader Lida Shin suggests this book)
Bittersweet Love (which could be any number of books)

Here’s more about the book: “Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it’s the prison where she’s been held since she was nineteen-for seven long years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in that eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But Jack’s curiosity is building alongside her own desperation—and she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely…”

(GalleyCat reader Lida Shin suggests this book)