2014

What I read in 2014.

December 2014

Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
Texts from Jane Eyre, Mallory Ortberg
Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks
How to Be Alone: Essays, Jonathan Franzen
Faithful and Virtuous Night, Louise Glück

November 2014

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, David Foster Wallace
Delights and Shadows, Ted Kooser
Bad Feminist: Essays, Roxane Gay
The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel, ed. Nathalie Babel
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, Brigid Schulte
Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures, Mary Ruefle
State of Grace, Joy Williams
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo
Animal Madness, Laurel Braitman
Blue Horses, Mary Oliver
Once in the West, Christian Wiman
Unleashed: Poems by Writers’ Dogs, ed. Amy Hempel and Jim Shepard

October 2014

Choosing and Raising Chickens, Celia Lewis
The Chicken Whisperer’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, Andy C. Schneider
The Joy of Keeping Chickens, Jennifer Megyesi
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
The Forsyte Saga, John Galsworthy
The Wisdom of the Desert, ed. Thomas Merton
What Narcissism Means to Me, Tony Hoagland
Astonishments: Selected Poems, Anna Kamieńska
Living with Chickens, Jay Rossier
Paradise, Toni Morrison
Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
Zooburbia, Tai Moses
Sleepless Nights, Elizabeth Hardwick
The Curly Girl Handbook, Lorraine Massey
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
All about Particles, Naoko Chino
Collected Poems, Philip Larkin
Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Saul Bellow

September 2014

Every Riven Thing, Christian Wiman
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, Steven Pinker
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki
Out, Natsuo Kirino
What the Dog Knows, Cat Warren
Because They Wanted to: Stories, Mary Gaitskill
Just Kids, Patti Smith
Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
Mythology, Edith Hamilton
100 Things to Do in Charlottesville before You Die, Marijean Jaggers
Russians, Gregory Feifer
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Madwoman in the Attic, Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard
Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

August 2014

A Frozen Woman, Annie Ernaux
Alexis, Marguerite Yourcenar
The Stories of Paul Bowles, Paul Bowles
Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez
A Wolf Called Romeo, Nick Jans
Go Down, Moses, William Faulkner
What’s a Dog For?, John Homans
Citizen Canine, David Grimm
Moving Toward Balance
, Rodney Yee
Essential Yoga
, Olivia H. Miller
Cannery Row
, John Steinbeck
Hot Yoga
, Marilyn Barnett
The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography
, Alan Jacobs
Light Years
, James Salter
Christian Zen
, William Johnston
Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly
, Mark Ulriksen
The Writing Life
, Annie Dillard

July 2014

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, Thomas Merton
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Andrew Solomon
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill
Battleborn, Claire Vaye Watkins
When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to Present, Gail Collins
The Shadow of Sirius, W.S. Merwin
Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
Monsieur Proust, Céleste Albaret
Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson
Lectures on Russian Literature, Vladimir Nabokov
Proust and the Squid, Maryanne Wolf
Doggerel: Poems about Dogs, ed. Carmela Ciuraru

June 2014

The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg
Transparent Things, Vladimir Nabokov
Repair, C.K. Williams
How Fiction Works, James Wood
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, V.S. Naipaul
To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, Cris Beam
The Book of Illusions, Paul Auster
Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh
Devotional Classics, eds. Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith
Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets, and Philosophers, Leonard Koren
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Control of Nature, John McPhee
The Patrick Melrose Novels, Edward St. Aubyn
Bonsai, Paul Lesniewicz
All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior
Walden, Henry David Thoreau
At Last, Edward St. Aubyn
The Maytrees, Annie Dillard

May 2014

Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit
This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
Bonsai 101, Harry Tomlinson
Crossing to Safety
, Wallace Stegner
Metaphysical Dog, Frank Bidart
The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit
Can’t and Won’t, Lydia Davis
My Age of Anxiety, Scott Stossel
The Roads to Sata, Alan Booth
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, David Foster Wallace
Holy the Firm, Annie Dillard
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag… and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha, Jolie Kerr
Unapologetic: Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense, Francis Spufford
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis
The Tragedy of Arthur, Arthur Phillips

April 2014

Gardening for Small Spaces, John Cushnie
All about the Easiest Flowers to Grow, Penelope O’Sullivan
Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey
A–Z of Perennials, Fiona Gilsenan
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt
What We Talk about When We Talk about Anne Frank, Nathan Englander
Cocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller
Making Faces, Kevyn Aucoin
Jemma Kidd’s Make-Up Secrets, Jemma Kidd
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
Varieties of Disturbance, Lydia Davis
The Garden Primer, Barbara Damrosch
If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind, Vilmos Csányi
Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher, Robert Burton

March 2014

Against Which, Ross Gay
Dog Songs, Mary Oliver
A Haunted House and Other Stories, Virginia Woolf
Incarnadine: Poems, Mary Szybist
My Stroke of Insight, Jill Bolte Taylor
Habibi, Craig Thompson
Fools, Joan Silber
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, George Packer
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Mark Doty
Dogs I Have Met: And the People They Found, Ken Foster
Living Beauty, Bobbi Brown
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual, Bobbi Brown
The Wingless, Cecilia Llompart

February 2014

A Guide to Being Born: Stories, Ramona Ausubel
Enon, Paul Harding
Spring Torrents, Ivan Turgenev
Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Actual Air, David Berman
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, Alex Ross
The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brendan Manning
The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton
Some Ether, Nick Flynn

January 2014

Four Fish, Paul Greenberg
The Orphan Master’s Son
, Adam Johnson
Wild Ones, Jon Mooallem
After the Music Stopped, Alan S. Blinder
Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart
Chaser, John W. Pilley and Hilary Hinzmann
Stay, Illusion, Lucie Brock-Broido
Find Momo, Andrew Knapp
Decoding Your Dog, eds. Debra Horwitz, John Ciribassi, and Steve Dale
Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov