Contemporary Fiction:

  1. Embers, Sandor Marai
  2. The Parisian, Isabella Hammand
  3. Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout
  4. There There, Tommy Orange
  5. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  6. A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul
  7. God on the Rocks, Jane Gardam
  8. The Red Lotus, Chris Bohjalian
  9. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mendel
  10. The End of October, Lawrence Wright
  11. Upstate, James Wood
  12. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  13. Less, Sean Greer
  14. The Mating Season, P.G. Wodehouse

Short Stories:

  1.  Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, Alice Munro
  2. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories, Carson McCullers
  3. The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories, Penelope Lively

Classic Literature:

  1. Last September, Elizabeth Bowen
  2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  3. Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
  4. The Plague, Albert Camus
  5. The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
  6. Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow


  1.  Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Yossi Klein Halevi
  2. Witness Tree, Lynda V. Mapes
  3. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollen
  4. The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson
  5. Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  6. Catch 67, Micah Goodman
  7. Stars in Our Pockets, Howard Axelrod
  8. Make Trouble, John Waters
  9. Here is New York, E.B. White
  10. This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay
  11. Good Prose, Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd
  12. Comfortable with Uncertainty, Pema Chodron
  13. Oranges, John McPhee
  14. The Pine Barrens, John McPhee
  15. The Facts: A Novelist’s Autobiography, Philip Roth
  16. Everyday Zen, Charlotte Beck
  17. Life Work, Donald Hall
  18. Levels of the Game, John McPhee
  19. The Crofter and the Laird, John McPhee
  20. The Road Washes Out in the Spring, Baron Wormser
  21. The Groucho Letters, Groucho Marx
  22. The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed, John McPhee
  23. Burning the Days, James Salter
  24. Marsh, Billings, Rockefeller in Woodstock, Glenn Suokko
  25. On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner
  26. One Hundred Autobiographies, David Lehman 


  1. Where Have You Been: Selected Essays, Michael Hofmann
  2. Best American Essays: 2019, ed. Rebecca Solnit
  3. The Nearest Thing to Life, James Wood
  4. Cultural Cohesion, Clive James
  5. George Steiner at the New Yorker, George Steiner
  6. Ecstasy and Terror, Daniel Mendelsohn
  7. Meditations from a Movable Chair, Andre Dubus
  8. A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles, John McPhee
  9. How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom


  1. Where Your House is Now, Louis Jenkins
  2. Cairns, Bill Brown
  3. The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, Kay Ryan
  4. Picnic, Lightning, Billy Collins
  5. Dunce, Mary Ruefle
  6. Up Country, Maxine Kumin
  7. An Introduction to Haiku, Harold Henderson
  8. Winter Morning Walks, Ted Kooser
  9. In the Clearing, Robert Frost


  1.  Keeping an Eye Open, Julian Barnes
  2. World’s Edge: The Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity , Thomas Joshua Cooper
  3. On Kawara, Glenstone
  4. Exercises in Style, Raymond Queneau
  5. Anni Albers, ed.  A. Coxon
  6. Hopper, Mark Strand
  7. Japanese Zen Buddhism and the Impossible Painting, Yukio Lippit


  1.  Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee
  2. Until the End of Time, Brian Greene
  3. Stones of Aran: Pilgrimmage, Tim Robinson
  4. Spirit of Place, Bill Noble
  5. To Eat, Joe Eck and Wayne Witnterrowd


  1. Firebreak, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  2. Slow Horses, Mick Herron
  3. Maigret, Georges Simenon
  4. Ask the Parrot, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  5. Dirty Money, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  6. A Small Town, Thomas Perry
  7. Trace Elements, Donna Leon
  8. One Step Behind, Henning Mankell
  9. Dead Lions, Mick Herron
  10. Real Tigers, Mick Herron
  11. Maigret’s Patience, Georges Simenon
  12. The Chicago Way, Michael Harvey
  13. Maigret Stonewalled, Georges Simenon
  14. Maiget Meets a Milord, Georges Simenon
  15. Save Me From Dangerous Men, S.A. Lelchuk
  16. Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets, Georges Simenon
  17. Mind’s Eye, Hakan Nesser
  18. Fair Warning, Michael Connelly