Reading List 2001

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  1. A HeartBreaking Work of Staggering Genius, David Eggars
  2. Shopgirl, Steve Martin
  3. Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
  4. Waiting, Ha Jin
  5. Licks of Love, John Updike
  6. The Hill Bachelors, William Trevor
  7. A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, Amy Bloom
  8. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King
  9. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
  10. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  11. Dreamcatcher, Stephen King
  12. The Dying Animal, Philip Roth
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, JK Rowlling
  14. Great Harbor, Anita Diament
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling
  16. Demonology, Rick Moody
  17. When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro
  18. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azbakhan, JK Rowling

Non-Fiction, General

  1. Genome, Matt Ridley
  2. A Good Walk Spoiled, John Feinstein
  3. Lives of Moral Leadership, John Coles
  4. The New New Thing, Michael Lewis
  5. The Spiritual Tranformation of a Rational Man, Bill Pappas
  6. On Writing, Stephen King
  7. Against the Dying of the Light, Leonard Fein
  8. The Fracture Zone, Simon Winchester
  9. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  10. Racing the Antelope, Bernd Heinrich
  11. Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich
  12. Country Matters, Michael Korda
  13. The Four Seasons of Mary Azarian, Mary Azarian & Lilias Hart
  14. Founding Brothers, Joseph Ellis
  15. Wall, Andy Goldsworthy
  16. John Adams, David McCullough
  17. Return of the Osprey, David Gessner
  18. Good Work, H. Gardern, M. Cskszentmikalyi, W. Damon
  19. The Beak of the Finch, Jonathan Weiner
  20. Brunelleschi’s Dome, Ross King


  1. The Leaf and the Cloud, Mary Oliver
  2. Contemporary American Poetry, Donald Hall
  3. Paterson, William Carlos Williams
  4. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  5. Electric Light, Seamus Heaney
  6. The Life Around Us, Denise Levertov
  7. Copenhagen, Michael Frayn
  8. Twelfth Night, Wm Shakespeare
  9. Picnic, Lightning, Billy Collins
  10. The Art of Drowning, Billy Collins
  11. Ploughshares, 30th Anniversary Edition, Donald Hall
  12. Sailing alone Around the Room, Billy Collins
  13. Doctor Jazz, Hayden Carruth
  14. Given Sugar, Given Salt, Janet Hirshfield
  15. Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey, Hayden Carruth


  1. Void Moon, Michael Connelly
  2. Perish Twice, Robert Parker
  3. A Darkness More Than Night, Michael Connelly
  4. Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
  5. Even the Wicked, Lawrence Block
  6. Potshot, Robert Parker
  7. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane
  8. P if for Peril, Sue Grafton
  9. High Five, Janet Evanovich


  1. In a Green Shade, Alan Lacy
  2. Fern House, Deborah Schenck
  3. A Place of Beauty: The Artists and Gardens of the CornishColony,
  4. A Year in the Gardens, Alan Lacy & Nancy Goodwin
  5. The Soul of Vermont, Richard Brown
  6. This Organic Life, Joan Dye Gussow