What I read in 2015.

December 2015

  1. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
  2. The Rendezvous, Justine Lévy
  3. Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
  4. The Middle Mind, Curtis White
  5. The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright
  6. The Givenness of Things, Marilynne Robinson
  7. The Sweet Cheat Gone, Marcel Proust

November 2015

  1. Fatelessness, Imre Kertész
  2. The Treasure of the City of Ladies, Christine de Pisan
  3. Law & Gospel, William McDavid, Ethan Richardson, and David Zahl
  4. The Treasure of the City of Ladies, Christine de Pisan
  5. Fatelessness, Imre Kertész
  6. The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene
  7. Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg
  8. Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, Robin Coste Lewis
  9. The Charterhouse of Parma, Stendhal
  10. As We Are Now, May Sarton
  11. The Broken Estate, James Wood
  12. Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. Hold Still, Sally Mann
  14. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder

October 2015

  1. The Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever
  2. The Elements of Editing, Arthur Plotnik
  3. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
  4. The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante
  5. Moon Tiger, Penelope Lively
  6. Blindness , José Saramago
  7. Purity, Jonathan Franzen
  8. What Goes On, Stephen Dunn
  9. Kate Vaiden, Reynolds Price
  10. The Poems of J.V. Cunningham
  11. 2666, Roberto Bolaño
  12. Hedda Gabler, Henrik Ibsen
  13. Burning the Days, James Salter
  14. The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford

September 2015

  1. The Long Approach, Maxine Kumin
  2. Stuart: A Life Backwards, Alexander Masters
  3. Orchid Fever, Eric Hansen
  4. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
  5. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  6. Quartet in Autumn, Barbara Pym
  7. A Death in the Family, James Agee
  8. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  9. Of No Country I Know, David Ferry
  10. The Folded Clock: A Diary, Heidi Julavits
  11. South Toward Home, Margaret Eby

August 2015

  1. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  2. Heretic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  3. A Life in Letters, Anton Chekhov
  4. Spartina, John Casey
  5. The Butterfly Mosque, G. Willow Wilson
  6. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, Rebecca West
  7. The Blue Estuaries, Louise Bogan
  8. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  9. Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, May Sarton
  10. White Girls, Hilton Als
  11. My Struggle, Book 3, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  12. The Thing with Feathers, Noah Strycker
  13. The Unknown Craftsman, Soetsu Yanagi
  14. The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy
  15. The Road to Emmaus: Poems, Spencer Reece

July 2015

  1. The Moviegoer, Walker Percy
  2. A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros
  3. Victory Over Japan, Ellen Gilchrist
  4. God Help the Child, Toni Morrison
  5. Our Only World: Ten Essays, Wendell Berry
  6. Coup de Grâce, Marguerite Yourcenar
  7. Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler
  8. My Struggle, Book 2, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  9. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante
  10. The World Is Blue, Sylvia A. Earle
  11. The Round House, Louise Erdrich
  12. A Prayer Journal, Flannery O’Connor

June 2015

  1. Plains Song: For Female Voices, Wright Morris
  2. Kingdom, Grace, Judgment, Robert Farrar Capon
  3. Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
  4. The Spectator Bird, Wallace Stegner
  5. Mislaid, Nell Zink
  6. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed, ed. Meghan Daum
  7. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  8. Between You and Me, Mary Norris
  9. The Collected Prose, Elizabeth Bishop
  10. H Is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald
  11. My Struggle, Book 1, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  12. Austerlitz, W.G. Sebald
  13. Huck’s Raft, Steven Mintz

May 2015

  1. Pastrix, Nadia Bolz-Weber
  2. Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  3. The Sellout, Paul Beatty
  4. So Long, See You Tomorrow, William Maxwell
  5. Morte d’Urban, J.F. Powers
  6. The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann
  7. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
  8. Thousand Cranes, Yasunari Kawabata

April 2015

  1. Lonely Planet Iceland
  2. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  3. The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald
  4. The Writer in the Garden, ed. Jane Garmey
  5. On Immunity: An Inoculation, Eula Biss
  6. Life and Times of Michael K, J.M. Coetzee
  7. Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
  8. The Diary, vol. III (1925–1930), Virginia Woolf
  9. The Rough Guide to Iceland
  10. The Fashion Book, Phaidon
  11. Desperate Characters, Paula Fox
  12. Herzog, Saul Bellow
  13. Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, Sarah Manguso

March 2015

  1. Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
  2. Metamorphoses, Ovid
  3. Just as I Thought, Grace Paley
  4. The Queen of Spades and Other Stories, Alexander Pushkin
  5. Selected Poems, Rita Dove
  6. All the King’s  Men, Robert Penn Warren
  7. Hall of Small Mammals: Stories, Thomas Pierce
  8. The Lost City of Z, David Grann
  9. Electric Light, Seamus Heaney
  10. Between the Acts, Virginia Woolf
  11. Mr. Palomar, Italo Calvino
  12. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Elizabeth McCracken
  13. Later, Robert Creeley
  14. Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast
  15. An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison
  16. Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
  17. The Unspeakable, Meghan Daum
  18. A Joy of Gardening, Vita Sackville-West
  19. Ellen Foster, Kaye Gibbons
  20. House, Bridge, Fountain, Maxine Kumin

February 2015

  1. Almanac: Poems, Austin Smith
  2. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman
  3. Flirting with French, William Alexander
  4. Mating, Norman Rush
  5. The Birth of the Pill, Jonathan Eig
  6. Old Filth, Jane Gardam
  7. Elephant Rocks, Kay Ryan
  8. The Western Canon, Harold Bloom
  9. We Need to Talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver
  10. A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul
  11. Goodbye to All That, Robert Graves
  12. Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith

January 2015

  1. No Good Men among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes, Anand Gopal
  2. Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham
  3. Small Victories, Anne Lamott
  4. The Plain Reader, ed. Scott Savage
  5. Independent People, Halldór Laxness
  6. Women in Clothes, ed. Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton
  7. Freedom in Simplicity, Richard J. Foster
  8. Oranges, John McPhee
  9. Redeployment, Phil Klay
  10. Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, Katha Pollitt
  11. In Persuasion Nation, George Saunders
  12. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D.H. Lawrence