2017

What I read in 2017.

January 2017

  1. Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, Virginia Tufte
  2. The Road Back to You, Ian Morgan Cron
  3. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  4. Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
  5. Little Labors, Rivka Galchen
  6. The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey
  7. Digest, Gregory Pardlo
  8. Bear, Marian Engel
  9. The Visiting Privilege, Joy Williams
  10. Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
  11. Houseboat Days, John Ashbery
  12. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  13. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches, Audre Lorde
  14. The Door, Magda Szabó
  15. The Complete Stories, Clarice Lispector

February 2017

  1. Later Poems: Selected and New, Adrienne Rich
  2. Innumeracy, John Allen Paulos
  3. The Progress of Love, Alice Munro
  4. Suttree, Cormac McCarthy
  5. A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
  6. Kindred, Octavia E. Butler
  7. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
  8. Ways to Disappear, Idra Novey
  9. The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharp
  10. When Things of the Spirit Come First, Simone de Beauvoir
  11. Shaping the Prayers of the People, Samuel Wells and Abigail Kocher
  12. Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty

March 2017

  1. Is There No Place on Earth for Me?, Susan Sheehan
  2. The Green Road, Anne Sheehan
  3. The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
  4. Bye-and-Bye: Selected Late Poems, Charles Wright
  5. Simple Matters, Erin Boyle
  6. People in the Summer Night, F.E. Sillanpää
  7. A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
  8. Human Acts, Han Kang
  9. The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen
  10. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  11. The Ten Thousand Things, Maria Dermoût
  12. Picturing Dogs, Seeing Ourselves, Ann-Janine Morey

April 2017

  1. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  2. The Conservationist, Nadine Gordimer
  3. The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim
  4. The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wallace Stegner
  5. It All Turns on Affection, Wendell Berry
  6. Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
  7. In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, John Donvan and Caren Zucker
  8. Buffalo, Sydney Blair

May 2017

  1. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  2. Opened Ground, Seamus Heaney
  3. The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
  4. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin
  5. Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  6. The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  7. Femininity, Susan Brownmiller
  8. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  9. The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
  10. The French Beauty Solution, Mathilde Thomas
  11. The Dragons of Eden, Carl Sagan

June 2017

  1. The Humane Gardener, Nancy Lawson
  2. 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants, Lorraine Johnson
  3. Easy Care Native Plants, Patricia A. Taylor
  4. Native Perennials for the Southeast, Peter Loewer
  5. My Life in Middlemarch, Rebecca Mead
  6. Gardening with Native Plants of the South, Sally Wasowski
  7. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  8. Glass, Irony and God, Anne Carson

July 2017

  1. The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit
  2. The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron
  3. The One-Straw Revolution, Masanobu Fukuoka
  4. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond
  5. The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America, Frances FitzGerald
  6. In America, Susan Sontag
  7. Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
  8. Daring Greatly, Brené Brown
  9. Chekhov, Henri Troyat
  10. Brush Pen Lettering, Grace Song

August 2017

  1. Coming into the Country, John McPhee
  2. My Struggle, Book 5, Karl Ove Knausgaard
  3. Hiroshima, John Hersey
  4. Knowing Scripture, R.C. Sproul
  5. Collected Stories of John O’Hara
  6. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind
  7. The Nearest Thing to Life, James Wood
  8. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra

September 2017

  1. The Idiot, Elif Batuman
  2. Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Perényi
  3. The Last Samurai, Helen DeWitt
  4. Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place, Scott McClanahan
  5. A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories, Lucia Berlin
  6. Sanctuary, William Faulkner

October 2017

  1. French Chic Living, Florence de Dampierre
  2. The Street, Ann Petry
  3. A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul
  4. Small Island, Andrea Levy
  5. The Afterlives: A Novel, Thomas Pierce
  6. Magdalane: Poems, Marie Howe
  7. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  8. The Defense, Vladimir Nabokov
  9. Take This Bread, Sara Miles

November 2017

  1. The Whole Woman, Germaine Greer
  2. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  3. The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek
  4. The Question of Bruno, Aleksandar Hemon
  5. Baby Love, Rebecca Walker
  6. The Lost Daughter, Elena Ferrante
  7. Simone Weil: An Anthology
  8. The Rings of Saturn, W.G. Sebald

December 2017

  1. My Ántonia, Willa Cather
  2. Late Wife, Claudia Emerson
  3. A Personal Matter, Kenzaburo Oe
  4. Someone Like You, Roald Dahl
  5. Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine
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