What I read in 2011.

December 2011

The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
Animals in Translation,
Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
, Dee Brown
The Joy Luck Club
, Amy Tan
Pack of Two
, Caroline Knapp
Selected Poems
, W.H. Auden
Olive Kitteridge
, Elizabeth Strout
A Quiet Life
, Kenzaburo Oe
Surviving Your Dog’s Adolescence
, Carol Lea Benjamin
Teaching a Stone to Talk
, Annie Dillard
The Marriage Plot
, Jeffrey Eugenides

November 2011

Light in August, William Faulkner
Rin Tin Tin, Susan Orlean
Volunteering with Your Pet, Mary Burch
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht
Carnival Evening, Linda Pastan
The Virgin Suicides
, Jeffrey Eugenides
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
The Wild Iris
, Louise Glück
Dog Years
, Mark Doty
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea,
Barbara Demick
, A.S. Byatt
, Paul Harding

October 2011

Dr. Pitcairn’s Guide to Natural Health for Cats and Dogs, Richard H. Pitcairn
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Snow Country, Yasunari Kawabata
Islam: A Short History, Karen Armstrong
The Well Dog Book, Terri McGinnis
Selected Poems, Maxine Kumin
The Trial, Franz Kafka
Dog Sense, John Bradshaw
What the Living Do, Marie Howe
Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen
Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys
Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
Song and Dance, Alan Shapiro
Dog Is My Co-Pilot, ed. The Bark
The Light the Dead See, Frank Stanford
New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Orientalism, Edward W. Said
Darkness Is My Only Companion, Kathryn Greene-McCreight

September 2011

I, Claudius, Robert Graves
Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
Love Has No Age Limit, Patricia B. McConnell and Karen B. London
Ecstasy and Common Sense, Teresa of Avila
From Bahaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe
How Proust Can Change Your Life, Alain de Botton
Dog’s Best Friend, Mark Derr
The History of Love, Nicole Krauss

August 2011

The House in Paris, Elizabeth Bowen
Cesar’s Way, Cesar Millan
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Half the Sky, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The Adopted Dog Bible, Kim Saunders
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Bones Would Rain from the Sky, Suzanne Clothier
Training the Hard-to-Train Dog
, Peggy Swager
The Surrendered,
Chang-rae Lee
Shaggy Muses,
Maureen Adams
If Only They Could Speak,
Nicholas Dodman

July 2011

The Evolution of God, Robert Wright
Adoptable Dog, John Ross and Barbara McKinney
The Canine Good Citizen, Jack and Wendy Volhard
The Dog Who Loved Too Much, Nicholas Dodman
Crossing to Safety, Wallace Stegner
A Summons to Memphis, Peter Taylor
For the Love of a Dog, Patricia McConnell
Night Fall, Nelson DeMille
The Dog Whisperer, Paul Owens
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides

June 2011

Flush, a Biography, Virginia Woolf
The Perfect Match, Chris Walkowicz
Sodom and Gomorrah, Marcel Proust
The Latchkey Dog, Jodi Andersen
Diary of a Mad Old Man, Junichiro Tanizaki
Bad Dog: A Love Story, Martin Kihn
The Hidden Life of Dogs, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
The Seven Ages of Man’s Best Friend, Jan Fennell
Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz
Memento Mori, Muriel Spark
Dogged Pursuit, Robert Rodi
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

May 2011

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
Le Divorce, Diane Johnson
Why We Love the Dogs We Do, Stanley Coren
Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer
The Secret Lives of Dogs, Jana Murphy
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
The Difficulty of Being a Dog, Roger Grenier
The Other End of the Leash, Patricia McConnell
Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

April 2011

The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
The Power of Positive Dog Training, Pat Miller
We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families, Philip Gourevitch
How to Speak Dog, Stanley Coren
The Puppy Report, Larry Shook
Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev
The Art of Raising a Puppy, The Monks of New Skete
Dogs Behaving Badly, Nicholas Dodman

March 2011

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
The Divine Comedy, Dante
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart

February 2011

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
Blankets, Craig Thompson
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee
The Winter of Our Discontent, John Steinbeck

January 2011

If on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino
Howards End, E.M. Forster
Sleepwalker In a Fog, Tatyana Tolstaya
The Art Instinct, Denis Dutton
I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay, John Lanchester
My Name Is Red, Orhan Pamuk