Reading List 2012

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  1. Train Dreams, Denis Johnson
  2. The Great Leader, Jim Harrison
  3. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
  4. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters, Mark Dunn
  5. Quartet in Autumn, Barbara Pym
  6. The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
  7. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick

Classic Fiction:

  1. Death Comes to the Archbishop, Willa Cather


  1. Teach us to Sit Still, Tim Parks
  2. Unpacking my Library: Writers and Their Books, ed. Leah Price
  3. Why Trilling Matters, Adam Kirsch
  4. The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  5. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway (2009 version)
  6. The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

Short Stories:

  1. Selected Short Stories of John O’Hara, intro by Lewis Begley
  2. The First 49 Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  3. What we Talk about When We Talk About Anne Frank, Nathan Englander


  1. Pulphead, John Jeremiah Sullivan
  2. The End of the Earth, W.S. Merwin
  3. Pilgrimmage, Annie Leibovitz
  4. Required Writing: Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-1982, Philip Larkin
  5. Best American Essays: 2011, ed. Edwidge Danticat

Poetry & Drama:

  1. Coming to That, Dorothea Tanning
  2. View with a Grain of Rand: Selected Poems,  Wislawa Szymborska
  3. As you Like It, William Shakespeare
  4. Horoscopes for the Dead, Billy Collins
  5. Night of the Republic, Alan Shapiro
  6. Selected Poems, Robert Pinsky
  7. Pale Fire: A Poem in Four Cantos, John Shade (nee V. Nabokov)
  8. How Long, Ron Padgett
  9. Songs of Unreason, Jim Harrison
  10. Northern Oracle, Kirsten Dierking
  11. Ghost in a Red Hat, Rosanna Warren

Nature and Gardening:

  1. Growing a Farmer, Kurt Timmermeister

Art and Art History:

  1. Julia Margaret Cameron: In Focus, Paul Getty Museum
  2. An Architectural Alphabet: The Library of Congress


  1. A Drop of the Hard Stuff, Lawrence Block
  2. One Shot, Lee Child
  3. Tripwire, Lee Child
  4. Running Blind, Lee Child
  5. Die Trying, Lee Child
  6. Echo Burning, Lee Child
  7. V is for Vengeance, Sue Grafton
  8. The Drop, Michael Connelly