What I read in 2012.

December 2012

The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
Goat Song, Brad Kessler
A View with a Grain of Sand, Wislawa Szymborska
Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky
Selected Essays, Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 2012

Amongst Women, John McGahern
My Life a Loaded Gun: Female Creativity and Feminist Poetics, Paula Bennett
Faces in the Water, Janet Frame
Alive Together, Liesl Mueller
Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
May We Be Forgiven, A.M. Homes
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, James Gleick
Drop City, T.C. Boyle
Selected Poems from “Flowers of Evil,” Charles Baudelaire
Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks
The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu, ed. Edward Seidensticker

October 2012

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
Making Sense of Japanese, Jay Rubin
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey
Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, Valerie Boyd
At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson
American Primitive, Mary Oliver
The Violent Bear It Away, Flannery O’Connor
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
Life and Holiness, Thomas Merton
Molloy, Samuel Beckett
Madeleine Is Sleeping, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

September 2012

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee
Still, Lauren F. Winner
Japanese Grammar, Nobuo Akiyama
Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich
King Lear, William Shakespeare
The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

August 2012

Sophie’s Choice, William Styron
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Binocular Vision, Edith Pearlman
The Complete Poems, Elizabeth Bishop
Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
The Black Sheep
, Honoré de Balzac
The Right-Hand Shore, Christopher Tilghman
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A Mercy, Toni Morrison
Fear and Trembling, Amélie Nothomb
Evidence of Things Unseen, Marianne Wiggins
The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker

July 2012

The Captive and the Fugitive, Marcel Proust
Bringing Up Bébé, Pamela Druckerman
Doting, Henry Green
Flaubert and Madame Bovary, Francis Steegmuller
Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, Alison Light
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, Turid Rugaas
Room, Emma Donoghue
When I Was a Child I Read Books, Marilynne Robinson
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi
The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
Control Unleashed, Leslie McDevitt
The Longest Journey, E.M. Forster
Doggerel, Angela Patmore

June 2012

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Running in the Family, Michael Ondaatje
Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino
The Cautious Canine, Patricia McConnell
The Rainbow, D.H. Lawrence
Dubliners, James Joyce
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey

May 2012

Under the Volcano, Malcolm Lowry
Jazz, Toni Morrison
First Love and Other Stories, Ivan Turgenev
On Photography, Susan Sontag
The Liar’s Club, Mary Karr
One Writer’s Beginnings, Eudora Welty
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney
The Eye of the Story, Eudora Welty

April 2012

Home, Marilynne Robinson
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Close Range: Wyoming Stories, Annie Proulx
Swamplandia! Karen Russell
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
Don’t Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor
What I Loved, Siri Hustvedt
Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
The Penguin Book of Women Poets, ed. Carol Cosman
The Tellington TTouch, Linda Tellington-Jones
March, Geraldine Brooks
On Lies, Secrets, and Silence, Adrienne Rich
Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
I Is an Other, James Geary
The Captive Mind, Czeslaw Milosz

March 2012

Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov
The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson
In a Dog’s Heart, Jennifer Arnold
Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer
Arcadia, Tom Stoppard
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
Agility for You and Your Dog, Ali Canova and Joe Canova
Why Does My Dog Act That Way? Stanley Coren
A Dog Is Listening, Roger Caras
I Sailed with Magellan, Stuart Dybek
Absalom, Absalom!William Faulkner
The Reason for God, Timothy Keller
Adopt the Perfect Dog, Gwen Bailey
The Parents We Mean to Be, Richard Weissbourd

February 2012

The Unlikely Disciple, Kevin Roose
Dogs Never Lie about Love, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
Kokoro, Natsume Soseki
The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
Changing My Mind, Zadie Smith
The Dog’s Mind, Bruce Fogle
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas G. Carr
Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein
New Selected Poems, Mark Strand
The Animal Manifesto, Marc Bekoff
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
The New Self-Sufficient Gardener, John Seymour
The Savage Detectives, Roberto Bolaño

January 2012

Apollo’s Angels, Jennifer Homans
Natural Dog Care, Celeste Yarnall
The New Work of Dogs, Jon Katz
Under the Net, Iris Murdoch
Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs, Lew Olson
The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
The Wonders of the Invisible World, David Gates
Selected Poems, Robert Pinsky
Waiting, Ha Jin
Lit, Mary Karr
Clicker Training for Dogs, Karen Pryor
Christianity, Diarmaid MacCulloch
Snow, Orhan Pamuk