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
  15. Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig
  16. The Searcher, Tana French
  17. Afterlife, Julia Alvarez
  18. When Will There Be Good News, Kate Atkinson

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
  4. Servants of the Map, Andrea Barrett

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
  27. The Long Thaw, David Archer
  28. Books and Mortar, Gibbs M. Smith
  29. The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power
  30. Real Change, Susan Salzberg
  31. The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson
  32. Caste: The Origin of our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson
  33. Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate, Daniel Mendelsohn
  34. Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature,  Daniel Evan Becker


  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
  10. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, A.J. Liebling
  11. Don’t Save Anything, James Salter
  12. Lives of a Cell, Lewis Thomas
  13. The Story Begins: Essays on Literature, Amos Oz


  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
  10. A Soldier’s Play, Charles Fuller
  11. The House on Marshland, Louise Gluck
  12. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Willliams
  13. The Next Tenderness, Ellen Steinbaum


  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
  8. The Labyrinth, Saul Steinberg


  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
  6. Windcliff, Dan Hinkley
  7. In the Company of Stone, Dan Snow
  8. A Natural History of Tinmouth, NH, George LeBoutillier
  9. The Well-Gardened Mind, Sue Stuart-Smith


  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
  19. Maigret and the Yellow Dog, Georges Simenon
  20. The Honjin Murders, Sashi Yokomizo
  21. Night at the Crossroads, Georges Simenon
  22. Maigret in Holland, Georges Simenon
  23. Live Wire, Halan Cobin
  24. The Grand Banks Cafe, Georges Simenon
  25. The Law of Innocence, Michael Connelly