Reading List 2013

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  1. The River Swimmer, Jim Harrison
  2. Any Human Heart, William Boyd
  3. The Given Day, Dennis Lehane
  4. Last Night at the Lobster, Stuart O’Nan
  5. House of Holes, Nicholson Baker
  6. I Curse the River of Time, Per Petterson
  7. Sweet Tooth, Ian McEwan
  8. Artful, Ali Smith
  9. Land of the Living, Austin Ratner
  10. All That Is, James Salter
  11. Transatlantic, Colum McCann
  12. &Sons, David Gilbert

Short Stories:

  1. Dear Life, Alice Munro
  2. Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson
  3. Tenth of December, George Saunders
  4. Reasons to Live, Amy Hempil
  5. At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Amy Hempil
  6. Dusk, James Salter
  7. The People on Privilege Hill, Jane Gardam
  8. Last Evenings on Earth, Robert Bolano
  9. The Penguin Book of English Short Stories, ed. Christopher Dolley

Reading for English 168d: Post-World War II British and American Fiction, James Wood

  1. Seize the Day, Saul Bellow
  2. Pnin, Vladimir Nabokov
  3. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
  4. The Emigrants, W. G. Sebald
  5. The Question of Bruno, Alexandre Hemon
  6. The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis
  7. Open City, Teju Cole
  8. The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald
  9. Loving, Henry Green
  10. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
  11. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  12. Atonement, Ian McEwan


  1. Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges
  2. Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney
  3. The Bear, William Faulkner
  4. The Last Tycoon, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  7. Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
  8. To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
  9. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck


  1. Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
  2. Who is That Man, David Dalton
  3. Travels with Epicurus, Daniel Klein
  4. Read This!, ed. Hans Wenandt
  5. Jewish Jocks, eds Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy
  6. Eat and Run, Scott Jurek
  7. Good Prose, Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
  8. The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment, David Malouf
  9. A North Country Life, Sidney Lea
  10. The Periodic Table, Primo Levi
  11. On The Map, Simon Garfield
  12. Walking Home: A Poet’s Journey, Simon Armitage
  13. The Book of My Lives, Alexander Hemon
  14. Out of Sheer Rage, Geoff Dyer
  15. Papa Hemingway, A.E. Hotchner
  16. Fifty Days of Solitude, Doris Grumbach
  17. Citizens of London, Lynne Olson
  18. Novellas in Three Lines, Felix Feneon
  19. The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
  20. I Hate to Leave this Beautiful Place, Howard Norman
  21. Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over WWII, Lynne Olson
  22. Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan, Scott Simon
  23. An Unfinished Life: JFK 1917-1963, Robert Dallek
  24. Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Keith Houston
  25. Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations, Mary Beard
  26. Mapping Manhattan: A Love Story in Maps, Becky Cooper


  1. Both Flesh and Not, David Foster Wallace
  2. A Place to Live, Natalia Ginzburg
  3. How Literature Saved My Life, David Shields
  4. Best American Essays, 1999, ed. Edward Hoagland
  5. Best American Essays, 2012, ed. David Brooks
  6. Farther Away, Jonathan Franzen
  7. Yoga For People Who Can’t be Bothered to Do It, Geoff Dyer
  8. Through the Window, Julian Barnes
  9. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
  10. Waiting for the Barbarians, Daniel Mendelsohn
  11. My 1980’s and Other Essays, Wayne Koestenbaum
  12. Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions, Martin Amis
  13. Life Sentences, William Gass
  14. The Fun Stuff, James Wood

Art and Architecture:

  1. KaySays, Kay Rosen
  2. Kay Rosen AKAK, Kay Rosen
  3. Hamish Fulton: Keep Moving, Hamish Fulton
  4. Walking Artist, Hamish Fulton
  5. Hopper in Vermont, Bonnie Tocher Clause
  6. An Appointment with Sigmund Freud, Sophe Calle
  7. Ghosts, Sophie Calle

Science, Nature, and Gardening:

  1. The Power of Trees, Gretchen Daily and Charles Katz
  2. The National Parks: An American Landscape, Jan Shive
  3. The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, George Johnson
  4. Chased by the Light, Jim Brandenburg
  5. A Universe from Nothing, Lawrence Krause
  6. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  7. A Garden From 100 Packets of Seed, James Fenton
  8. Gertrude Jekyll: A Vision of Garden and Wood, Tankard and van Valkenburgh


  1. The Best American Poetry, 2012, ed. Mark Doty
  2. Almost Invisible, Mark Strand
  3. Writers Writing Dying, C.K. Williams
  4. Orphan Hours, Stanley Plumly
  5. The Bees, Carol Ann Duffy
  6. A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver
  7. Different Hours, Stephen Dunn
  8. Long Yesterday, Nathan Comfort Starr
  9. Green the Witch Hazel Wood, Emily Hiestand
  10. Facts about the Moon, Darianne Laux
  11. Metaphysical Dog, Frank Bedart
  12. The Odes of Horace, David Ferry
  13. Horace: The Odes, ed. J.D. McClatchy
  14. We Will Have Ghosts, Georganne Harmon


  1. Portrait of a Spy, Daniel Silva
  2. The Black Box, Michael Connelly
  3. Vengeance, Benjamin Black
  4. Lullaby, Ace Atkins (Robert B. Parker)
  5. Wonderland, Ace Atkins
  6. Maigret Goes Home, Georges Simenon
  7. Suspect, Robert Crais
  8. The Sentry, Robert Crais
  9. Hit Me, Lawrence Block
  10. Nemesis, Jo Nesbo
  11. The Devil’s Star, Jo Nesbo
  12. The Redeemer, Jo Nesbo
  13. The Leopard, Jo Nesbo
  14. Little Green, Walter Mosley
  15. Bad Monkey, Carl Hiaason
  16. Never Go Back, Lee Child
  17. Three Can Keep a Secret, Archer Mayor