Reading List 2009

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  1. Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton
  2. Exit Ghost, Philip Roth
  3. The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono
  4. The Lost Uplands, W.S. Merwin
  5. Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
  6. Esther’s Inheritance, Sandor Marai
  7. Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout
  8. Dear American Airlines, Jonathan Miles
  9. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  10. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  11. So Long, See you Tomorrow, William Maxwell
  12. The Jump Artist, Austin Ratner
  13. My Father’s Tears, John Updike
  14. The English Major, Jim Harrison
  15. Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  16. Still Alice, Lisa Genova
  17. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  18. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  19. Indignation, Philip Roth
  20. Just Desserts, Carl Reiner
  21. To Siberia, Per Pettersen
  22. The Echo Makers, Richard Powers
  23. Cheating at Canasta, William Trevor
  24. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown
  25. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  26. Gain, Richard Powers
  27. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. The Humbling, Philip Roth


  1. Nothing to be Frightened Of, Julian Barnes
  2. The Book of Letters, Lawrence Kushner
  3. The Man Who Made Lists, Joshua Kendall
  4. The Cave Painters, Gregory Curtis
  5. A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle
  6. Books, A Memoir, Larry McMurtry
  7. The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
  8. Reading Life, Sven Birkerts
  9. Wanderlust, A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit
  10. The Book that Changed my Life, Roxanne Coady and Joy Johannessen
  11. The Discovery of France, Graham Robb
  12. Dime Store Alchemy: The Art of Joseph Cornell, Charles Simic
  13. The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs
  14. The End of Overeating, David Kessler
  15. Let’s See, Peter Schjeldahl
  16. Deidre Scherer: Works in Fabric and Thread, D. Scherer
  17. The Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  18. The Crofter and the Laird, John McPhee
  19. How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, Pierre Bayard
  20. State by State, eds. Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey
  21. Under the Sign of Saturn, Susan Sontag
  22. Other Colors: Essays and a Story, Orhan Pamuk
  23. 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff


  1. The Light Within the Light, Jeanne Graham
  2. Facts About the Moon, Dorianne Laux
  3. Carnival Evening, New and Selected Poems 1968-98, Linda Pastan
  4. Unpacking the Boxes, Donald Hall
  5. The Voice at 3:00 AM: Selected Late and New Poems, Charles Simic
  6. The Shadow of Sirius, WS Merwin
  7. Time and Materials: 1997-2005, Robert Hass
  8. One Hundred Essential American Poems, ed. Leslie Pockell
  9. Leavings, Wendell Berry
  10. The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare


  1. Our Life in Gardens, Joe Eck and Wayne Winterowd
  2. The Lightness of Being, Frank Wilczek
  3. Egg and Nest, Rosamund Purcell
  4. Proust was a Neuroscientist, Jonah Lehrar
  5. Goat Song, Brad Kessler
  6. The Beaver: Natural History of a Wetlands Engineer, D. Muller-Schwaze
  7. The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking


  1. The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett
  2. Drowned Hopes, Donald Westlake
  3. The Brass Verdict, Michael Connelly
  4. Judas Horse, April Smith
  5. Hell Bent, William Tappley
  6. Night and Day, Robert Parker
  7. About Face, Donna Leon
  8. Brimstone, Robert Parker
  9. The Scarecrow, Michael Connelly
  10. The Professional, Robert Parker
  11. Nine Dragons, Michael Connelly
  12. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Steig Larssen