Contemporary Fiction:

  1. North, Brad Kessler
  2. The Strange Library, Haruki Murakami
  3. Still Life, Sarah Winman
  4. Dream Girl, Laura Lippman
  5. The Photograph, Penelope Lively
  6. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk
  7. Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
  8. Never, Ken Follett
  9. The Anomaly, Herve Le Tellier
  10. Sea of Tranquility, Emily St John Mendel
  11. Companion Piece, Ali Smith
  12. Autumn, Ali Smith
  13. Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr
  14. Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
  15. The Lioness, Chris Bohjalian
  16. The Lincoln Highway, Amor Towles
  17. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse, Charles Mackesy
  18. Afterlives, Abdulrazak Gurnah
  19. The Promise, Damon Galgut
  20. Lucy at Sea, Elizabeth Strout
  21. Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan
  22. Elizabeth Finch, Julian Barnes
  23. Oh, William, Elizabeth Strout
  24. First Light, Charles Baxter
  25. But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz, Geoff Dyer
  26. Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
  27. The Passenger, Cormac McCarthy
  28. Stella Maris, Cormac McCarthy

Short Stories:

  1.  Open Secrets, Alice Munro
  2. First Person Singular: Stores, Haruki Murakami
  3. Homesickness: Stories, Colin Barrett
  4. Natural History: Stories, Andrea Barrett

Classic Literature:

  1.  On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  2. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  3. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  4. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin


  1. Smile: The Story of a Face, Sarah Ruhl
  2. Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, Winfred Rembert
  3. Taste: My Life Through Food, Stanley Tucci
  4. Riverman: An American Odyssey, Ben McGrath
  5. Index, A History Of:A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age, Dennis Duncan
  6. In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss, Amy Bloom
  7. An Inventory of Losses, Judith Schalansky
  8. A Month in Siena, Hisham Matar
  9. Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer, Richard Holmes
  10. Wilderness:  A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, Rockwell Kent
  11. The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between, Hisham Matar
  12. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind, Pema Chodron
  13. Pig Years, Ellyn Gaydos
  14. The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness, Meghan O’Rourke
  15. On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain, Edward W. Said
  16. How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, Clint Smith
  17. Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
  18. Accidental Kindness:  A Doctor’s Notes on Empathy, Michael Stein
  19. Novelist as a Vocation, Haruki Murakami


  1. Coventry, Rachel Cusk
  2. Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions, Alberto Manguel
  3. Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir, Truman Capote
  4. Let Me Tell You What I Mean, Joan Didion
  5. The Art of Solitude, Stephen Batchelor
  6. Gallery of Clouds, Rachel Eisendrath
  7. Black Paper, Teju Cole
  8. American Audacity: In Defense of Literary Daring, William Giraldi
  9. The Best American Essays: 2021, ed. Kathryn Shulz
  10. The Last Days of Roger Federer And Other Endings, Geoff Dyer
  11. Wonderlands: Essays on the Life Of Literature, Charles Baxter
  12. Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books, Hilary Mantel
  13. Intimations, Zadie Smith
  14. The Common Reader, Virginia Woolf
  15. Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays, Joan Didion


  1.  Committed To Memory:  100 Best Poems to Memorize, ed. John Hollander
  2. Skies in Blossom: The Nature Poetry of Emily Dickinson, ed. Jonathan Cott
  3. Anna Christie, Eugene O’Neill
  4. Poetry as Insurgent Art, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  5. Selected Poems, Robinson Jeffers
  6. Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov
  7. Summer Snow: New Poems, Robert Hass
  8. Last Looks, Last Books: Stevens, Plath, Lowell, Bishop, Merrill, Helen Vendler
  9. Bloodlines, Ann Bookman
  10. One More Mountain: Poems, Kenneth Kaplan
  11. Another World: Poetry and Art by Young People, A. and T. Gengarelly
  12. Winter Recipes from the Collective: Poems, Louise Gluck
  13. Insomnia: Poems, Linda Pastan
  14. Red Stilts: Poems, Ted Kooser
  15. Against Silence: Poems, Frank Bidart
  16. Home: A Collection of Poetry and Art, ed. Stan Tymorek
  17. The Beauty: Poems, Jane Hirshfield
  18. Ledger: Poems, Jane Hirshfield
  19. Fences, August Wilson
  20. Faithful and Virtuous Night, Louise Gluck
  21. Kicking the Leaves, Donald Hall
  22. The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov
  23. Lucky Life, Gerald Stern
  24. Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
  25. Almost Invisible, Mark Strand
  26. North Window: Poems, Emily Axelrod


  1. Vanish: Disappearing Icons of a Rural America, Jim Westphalen
  2. See/Saw: Looking at Photographs, Geoff Dyer
  3. The Sleeve Should Be Illegal and Other Reflections on Art at the Frick, ed. Michaelyn Mitchell
  4. A Book of Books, Abelardo Morrell
  5. Lois Dodd: Catching the Light, Kemper Art Museum
  6. Of the Land: The Art and Poetry of Lou Stovall, Will Stovall
  7. Godine at Fifty:  A Retrospective of Five Decades in the Life of an Independent Publisher, David Godine
  8. Art From Above Vermont, Caleb Kenna
  9. Writers: Portraits, Laura Wilson


  1.  Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change our Minds, and Shape our Future, Merlin Sheldrake
  2. Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish, David Liitschwager
  3. Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics that will Change How you See the World, James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti 
  4. Becoming a Gardener: What Reading and Digging Taught Me About Living, Catie Marron
  5. Wild: The Naturalistic Garden, Noel Kingsbury & Claire Takacs
  6. Paradise Found: Gardening in Unlikely Spaces, Rebecca Cole
  7. The Seasonal Gardener:  Creative Planting Combinations, Anna Pavord
  8. Life Between the Tides, Adam Nicolson
  9. On Animals, Susan Orlean
  10. The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and the New Human, Siddhartha Mukherjee


  1. Better Off Dead, Lee and Andrew Child
  2. The Secret Vanguard, Michael Innes
  3. The Man with the Getaway Face, Richard Stark
  4. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
  5. The Dutch Shoe Mystery, Ellery Queen
  6. Early Autumn, Robert B. Parker
  7. The Dark Hours, Michael Connelly
  8. Give Unto Others, Donna Leon
  9. Cecile is Dead, Georges Simenon
  10. Maigret and the Fortuneteller, Georges Simenon
  11. Walking Shadow, Robert B. Parker
  12. Valediction, Robert B. Parker
  13. The Sweet Goodbye, Ron Corbett
  14. Killing Rain, Barry Eisler
  15. Voodoo River, Robert Crais
  16. Gangland, Chuck Hogan
  17. Silence, Thomas Perry
  18. What She Found, Robert Dugoni
  19. The Judas Goat, Robert B. Parker
  20. No Plan B, Lee and Andrew Child
  21. The Jealousy Man & Other Stories, Jo Nesbo
  22. The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz
  23. Desert Star, Michael Connelly