Reading List 2003

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  1. The Raw and the Cooked, Jim Harrison
  2. The Rural Life, Verlyn Klinkenborg
  3. Stupid White Men, Michael Moore
  4. Stone by Stone, Robert Thorsen
  5. Seabiscuit, Lauren Hillendbrand
  6. A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid
  7. Jungles, Frns Lanting
  8. Snow Crystals, W. A. Bentley
  9. Off to the Side, Jim Harrison
  10. The Future of Life, E.O. Wilson
  11. Made in Texas: George Bush & the Southern Takeover of Politics, M Lind
  12. Children of the Stars, Daniel Altschuler
  13. An Autumn of War, Victor Davis Hansen
  14. The Frog Run, John Elder
  15. How the Scots Invented the Modern World, Arthur Herman
  16. Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy, Jane Leavy
  17. My Mentor: A Young Man’s Friendship with William Maxwell, A. Wilkinson
  18. Ring of Bright Water, Gavin Maxwell


  1. Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison
  2. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Die Sijie
  3. Embers, Sandor Marai
  4. Austerlitz, WG Sebald
  5. Willow Temple, Donald Hall
  6. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Reunion, Alan Lightman
  8. Fabulous Small Jews, Joseph Epstein
  9. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
  10. You Are Not a Stranger Here, Adam Haslett
  11. The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown
  12. Tepper Isn’t Going Out, Calvin Trillin
  13. The Laying on of Hands, Alan Bennett
  14. Ploughshares, Fall 2002 fiction issue, edited by Margot Livesay

Poetry and Drama:

  1. The Theory and Practice of Rivers: New Poems, Jim Harrison
  2. An Unswept Room, Sharon Olds
  3. Talking Cures, Richard Howard
  4. Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, B. H. Fairchild
  5. In an Irisdescent Time, Ruth Stone
  6. Local Visitations, Stephen Dunn
  7. In the Next Galaxy, Ruth Stone
  8. Waterborne, Linda Greggerson
  9. Against Love Poetry, Eavan Boland
  10. Hazmat, J.D. McClatchey
  11. Nine Horses, Billy Collins
  12. RipRap & Cold Mountain, Gary Snyder
  13. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  14. Picture Window, John Hollander
  15. Lay Back the Darkness, Edward Hirsch
  16. King Lear, Wm Shakespeare
  17. Open Shutters, Mary jo Salter
  18. The Owner of the House, Louis Simpson
  19. Braided Creek, Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser
  20. The Singing, C.K. Williams
  21. As You Like It, Wm Shakespeare


  1. Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Dianne Ackerman
  2. The American Woodland Garden, Rick Daike


  1. Back Page, Robert Parker
  2. The Sniper’s Wife, Archer Mayor

Maigret in Holland, Georges Simenon