Reading List 2019

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  1.  Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  2. Go, Went, Gone, Jenny Erpenbeck
  3. The Friend, Sigrid Nunez
  4. Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
  5. The Beginning of the Spring, Penelope Fitzgerald
  6. Off Season, James Sturm
  7. Sabrina, Nick Drnaso
  8. Look at Me, Anita Brookner
  9. The River, Peter Heller
  10. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
  11. Lords of St. Thomas, Jackson Ellis
  12. The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
  13. Henry, Himself, Stuart O’Nan
  14. The Bobcat, Katherine Forbes Riley
  15. The Ghost Clause, Howard Norman
  16. The Girl From Venice, Martin Cruz Smith
  17. The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai

Short Stories:

  1.  Your Duck is My Duck, Deborah Eisenberg
  2. Sing To It: New Stories, Amy Hempel
  3. Maggie Brown & Others, Peter Orner
  4. Street of Widows, Cassie Fancher
  5. Grand Union, Zadie Smith
  6. Dancing After Hours, Andre Dubus

Classic Literature:

  1. Victory, Joseph Conrad
  2. To Have and Have Not, Ernest Hemingway
  3. The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
  4. Benito Cereno, Herman Melville
  5. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  6. The Razor’s Edge, W. Somerset Maugham
  7. Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
  8. Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata
  9. Herzog, Saul Bellow
  10. The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
  11. Washington Square, Henry James


  1.  Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Moutain Boys and the American Revolution, Christopher Wren
  2. Attacks of Taste, eds. E. Byrne and O. Penzler
  3. March: Book One, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  4. March: Book Two, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  5. March: Book Three, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  6. Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunarantana
  7. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  8. Stet: An Editor’s Life, Diana Athill
  9. The Power of Zero: How to Get to the 0% Tax Bracket, David McKnight
  10. A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz
  11. The Order of the Day, Eric Vuillard
  12. Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are, John Kaag
  13. The Magnanimous Heart, Narayan Helen Liebson
  14. The Headmaster, John McPhee
  15. I’d Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Booklovers, Guinevere de la Mare
  16. Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style, Benjamin Dreyer
  17. Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out, Bill McKibben
  18. All the Lives We Ever Lived, Katharine Smyth
  19. The Jewish Wedding Now, Anita Diamant
  20. Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, Nicholas A. Christakis
  21. Bookmarked:  William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, Steve Almond
  22. Walking: One Step at a Time, Erling Kagge
  23. Jacob’s Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading, Susan Hill
  24. If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years, Christopher Benfey
  25. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, Phil Knight
  26. Being Grandma and Grandpa, Emily S. Adler & Michele Hoffnug
  27. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
  28. Autumn Light, Pico Iyer
  29. A Time To Keep Silence, Patrick Leigh Fermor
  30. What We Talk About When We Talk About Books, Leah Price
  31. The Anxiety of Influence, Harold Bloom
  32. Zen Golf, Joseph Parent
  33. Skiing with Henry Knox, Sam Brakeley
  34. My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, Ari Shavit
  35. Learning to Dance, Michael Mayne
  36. Max Perkins:  Editor of Genius, A. Scott Berg
  37. My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell


  1. The Best American Essays, 2018, ed. Hilton Als
  2. Book-Ends, Michael Chabon
  3. Black is the Body:  Stories From my Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine, Emily Bernard
  4. Nobody’s Looking at You: Essays, Janet Malcolm
  5. The Patch, John McPhee
  6. Writers on Writing: More Collected Essays from The New York Times
  7. Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided Land, Amos Oz
  8. Working, Robert Caro
  9. The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison
  10. Make It Scream, Make It Burn, Leslie Jamison
  11. Drunk in the Woods, Tony Whedon


  1. Othello, William Shakespeare
  2. The River in the Sky, Clive James
  3. Ruined, Lynn Nottage
  4. Sweat, Lynn Nottage
  5. Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw
  6. A Far Rockaway of the Heart, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  7. A Village Life, Louise Gluck
  8. The Year of Blue Water, Yanyi
  9. Danger on Peaks, Gary Snyder
  10. The World Pushes Back, Garret Keizer
  11. Casting Deep Shade, C.D. Wright
  12. Bewilderment, David Ferry
  13. The Book of Will, Lauren Gunderson
  14. Big Cabin, Ron Padgett
  15. Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall, ed. Cynthia Brackett-Vincent
  16. My Bishop and Other Poems, Michael Collier
  17. Best American Poetry 2019, ed. Major Jackson
  18. American Sunrise, Jo Harjo


  1. On Kawara, ed.Emily Rales
  2. Wood, ed. William Hall
  3. How to Architect, Doug Patt
  4. The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, Geoff Dyer
  5. Small Inventions: The Artist’s Books of Charles Hobson
  6. Seeing Venice: An Eye in Love, Frederick Franck
  7. Peacock and Vine, A.S. Byatt


  1.  Terrain:  Ideas ad Inspirations for Decorating the Home and Garden, ed. Greg Lehmkuhl
  2. Searching for Stars on an Island In Maine, Alan Lightman
  3. Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore, Elizabeth Rush
  4. Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden, Larry Lederman
  5. The Garden in Every Season, Tovah Martin
  6. What is a Garden?, W.S. Merwin
  7. Gardenotopia, Jan Johnsen
  8. Kengo Kuma: Portland Japanese Garden, B. & B. Bognar
  9. A Year in the Garden:365 Inspirational Gardens and Gardening Tips, G. Keil & J. Becker
  10. Water Connections: What Fresh Water Means to us,What we mean to water, Jim Rousmaniere
  11. When Einstein Walked with Goedel, Jim Holt
  12. Piet Ouldolf: Landscapes in Landscapes, Noel Kingsbury
  13. The Living Forest, Maloof and Llewellyn
  14. A Way to Garden: A Hands on Primer for Every Season, Margaret Roach
  15. The Twelve Moons of the Year, Hal Borland


  1. The Force, Don Winslow
  2. Even Dogs in the Wild, Ian Rankin
  3. The Witch Elm, Tana French
  4. The Final Detail, Harold Cobren
  5. Unto Us a Son Is Given, Donna Leon
  6. Maigret Gets Angry, Georges Simenon
  7. The Madman of Bergerac (Maigret Travels South), Georges Simenon
  8. The Nahour Case, Georges Simenon
  9. Long Lost, Harlan Coben
  10. Comeback, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  11. The Hunter, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  12. A Dangerous Man, Robert Crais
  13. Bruno, Chief of Police, Martin Walker
  14. Bomber’s Moon, Archer Mayor
  15. Backflash, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  16. The Night Fire, Michael Connelly
  17. Flashfire, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  18. Blue Moon, Lee Child