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(The books I read each year, in reverse chronological order.)


Dusklands - J.M. Coetzee

Driving Over Lemons - Chris Stewart 

The Last Picture Show - Larry McMurtry

The Idiot - Elif Batuman

How to Be a Revolutionary - C.A. Davids

The Shadow of the Sun - Ryszard Kapuscinski (trans. Klara Glowczewska)

A Far Cry from Kensington - Muriel Spark

Big Swiss - Jen Beagin

The Friend - Sigrid Nunez 

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida - Shehan Karunatilaka

Gringos - Charles Portis

All Souls - Javier Marias (trans. Margaret Jull Costa)

Wise Children - Angela Carter

Trust - Hernan Diaz


Last Night at the Lobster - Stewart O'Nan

The Changeling - Joy Williams 

Washington Black - Esi Edugyan

The Hard Crowd - Rachel Kushner

Meltwater - Claire Wahmanholm

Tell Me How It Ends - Valeria Luiselli (w/ some Lizzie Davis trans.) 

Sundays in August - Patrick Modiano (trans. Damion Searls)

The Porpoise - Mark Haddon

Boundless Deep, and Other Stories - Gen Del Raye

The Cold Millions - Jess Walter

The Bushwhacked Piano - Thomas McGuane

The White Album - Joan Didion

Pictures from Brueghel - William Carlos Williams

The Rabbit Hutch - Tess Gunty

My Education - Susan Choi

Samuel Johnson's Eternal Return - Martin Riker 

The Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes

The Rings of Saturn - W.G. Sebald (trans. Michael Hulse)

Mitochondrial Night - Ed Bok Lee

Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis 

The Devil of the Provinces - Juan Cardenas (trans. Lizzie Davis)

Civilizations - Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor)

Fair Play - Tove Jansson (trans. Thomas Teal)

The Netanyahus - Joshua Cohen 

Sinkhole - Juliet Patterson

The Shakespeare Requirement - Julie Schumacher 

The Only Problem - Muriel Spark

The Archive of Alternate Endings - Lindsey Drager

The Trees - Percival Everett

The Wallcreeper - Nell Zink

The Driver's Seat - Muriel Spark

Avalon - Nell Zink

Shuna's Journey - Hayao Miyazaki (trans. Alex Dudok de Wit)

Romantic Comedy - Curtis Sittenfeld

Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino (trans. William Weaver)

Intimacies - Katie Kitamura 


The Girls of Slender Means - Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark

Vox - Nicholson Baker 

Bright Unbearable Reality - Anna Badkhen

Comemadre - Roque Larraquy (trans. Heather Cleary) (2nd time) 

Saint Sebastian's Abyss - Mark Haber

Reinhardt's Garden - Mark Haber

Wilder - Claire Wahmanholm (2nd time)

Worldly Things - Michael Kleber-Diggs (2nd time)

No One Is Talking About This - Patricia Lockwood

People from My Neighborhood - Hiromi Kawakami (trans. Ted Goossen)

Image Control - Patrick Nathan

Fun Home - Alison Bechdel

Still Life - Jay Hopler

Severance - Ling Ma

The Promise - Damon Galgut

Dirtbag, Massachusetts - Isaac Fitzgerald

Sorrow and Bliss - Meg Mason

In the Distance - Hernan Diaz

Exhalation - Ted Chiang

The Magus - John Fowles

Last Friends - Jane Gardam

The Man in the Wooden Hat - Jane Gardam

The Secret to Superhuman Strength - Alison Bechdel

Body Drop - Brian Oliu

Old Filth - Jane Gardam

Worldly Things - Michael Kleber-Diggs

Uncommon Carriers - John McPhee

The Man Who Saw Everything - Deborah Levy

How High We Go in the Dark - Sequoia Nagamatsu

Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison

No. 91/92 - Lauren Elkin

Notes from No Man’s Land - Eula Biss

The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

Klara and the Sun - Kazuo Ishiguro

Tokyo Ueno Station - Yu Miri (trans. Morgan Giles)

Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino - Julian Herbert (trans. Christina MacSweeney)


Little Birds–Anais Nin

Fight Night–Miriam Toews

When We Cease to Understand the World–Benjamin Labatut (trans. A. Nathan West)

The Nickel Boys–Colson Whitehead

Unabandonment–John Colburn

The Book of Laughter & Forgetting–Milan Kundera

Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?–Raymond Carver

Post Office–Charles Bukowski

Alice Neel–Ann Temkin (ed.)

The End of Vandalism–Tom Drury

How to Change Your Mind–Michael Pollan

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden–Denis Johnson

Fat City–Leonard Gardner

Slouching Towards Bethlehem–Joan Didion

Beowulf–Maria Dahvana Headley (trans.)

The Left Hand of Darkness–Ursula K. Le Guin

Ivory Shoals–John Brandon

Women Talking–Miriam Toews

The Little Disturbances of Man–Grace Paley

Things to Do in Hell–Chris Martin

The Loser–Thomas Bernhard (trans. Jack Dawson)

City of Thieves–David Benioff

Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror–John Ashbery

Disappearing Earth–Julia Phillips

Night Boat to Tangier–Kevin Barry

Sound Like Trapped Thunder–Jessica Lind Peterson

Piranesi–Susanna Clarke

Interior Chinatown–Charles Yu

Normal People–Sally Rooney

Exit West–Mohsin Hamid

The Driftless Area–Tom Drury

Chronology–Zahra Patterson



Nightwood–Djuna Barnes

The Little Virtues–Natalia Ginzburg (trans. Dick Davis)

Skippy Dies–Paul Murray

What It Is–Lynda Barry

Faces in the Crowd–Valeria Luiselli (trans. Christina MacSweeney)

The Color Inside a Melon–John Domini

The Interrogative Mood–Padgett Powell

The Temple–Michael Bazzett

The Curfew–Jesse Ball

Rodham–Curtis Sittenfeld

Esther Stories–Peter Orner

I Am, I Am, I Am–Maggie O’Farrell

Wintering–Peter Geye

What It Means When A Man Falls from the Sky–Lesley Nneka Arimah

The Magical Language of Others–E.J. Koh

Little Jewel–Patrick Modiano (trans. Penny Hueston)

The Book of Eels–Patrik Svensson (trans. Agnes Broome’)

A Tale for the Time Being–Ruth Ozeki

This Is How You Lose the Time War–Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

The Mars Room–Rachel Kushner

Willful Creatures–Aimee Bender

True Grit–Charles Portis

The Shell Collector–Anthony Doerr

The Museum of Whales You Will Never See–A. Kendra Greene

Notes of A Native Son–James Baldwin

The Seventh Function of Language–Laurent Binet (trans. Sam Taylor)

So Much Blue–Percival Everett

Prep–Curtis Sittenfeld

Our Lands Are Not So Different–Michael Bazzett

Knockout–John Jodzio

French Exit–Patrick deWitt

Wilder–Claire Wahmanholm

Trust Exercise–Susan Choi

At Swim-Two-Birds–Flann O’Brien

Other Possible Lives–Chrissy Kolaya

Moonglow–Michael Chabon

This Brilliant Darkness–Jeff Sharlet


The Heart of the Matter–Graham Greene

Ornamental–Juan Cardenas (trans. Lizzie Davis)

Ways of Seeing–John Berger

We the Animals–Justin Torres

The Mezzanine–Nicholson Baker

Circe–Madeline Miller

The Stories of Breece D’J Pancake–Breece D’J Pancake

Norwood–Charles Portis

Reasons to Live–Amy Hempel

The History of the Future–Edward McPherson

Taking Care–Joy Williams

The Songlines–Bruce Chatwin

The Woman in the Dunes–Kobo Abe (trans. E. Dale Saunders)

The Feral Detective–Jonathan Lethem

All My Puny Sorrows–Miriam Toews

Sorry to Disrupt the Peace–Patty Yumi Cottrell

Priestdaddy–Patricia Lockwood

Fever Dream–Samanta Schweblin (trans. Megan McDowell)

Black Aperture–Matt Rasmussen

Stephen Florida–Gabe Habash

The Transmigration of Bodies–Yuri Herrera (trans. Lisa Dillman)

The Low Passions–Anders Carlson-Wee

Dept. of Speculation–Jenny Offill

The Dog of the South–Charles Portis

The Body–Jenny Boully

The Bloody Chamber–Angela Carter

Dear Corpse–John Colburn

My Year of Rest and Relaxation–Ottessa Moshfegh

The Good Lord Bird–James McBride

Map of an Onion–Kenji C. Liu

Hardly War–Don Mee Choi

Ghost Of–Diana Khoi Nguyen

Hey, Kiddo–Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The Devil’s Snake Curve–Josh Ostergaard

Asymmetry–Lisa Halliday

There There–Tommy Orange

Unbearable Splendor–Sun Yung Shin


Comemadre–Roque Larraquy (trans. Heather Cleary)

Don’t Call Us Dead–Danez Smith

The Flamethrowers–Rachel Kushner

Bird by Bird–Anne Lamott

Good Bones–Maggie Smith

Some Hell–Patrick Nathan

Lost Empress–Sergio De La Pava

In the Language of My Captor–Shane McCrae

Signs Preceding the End of the World–Yuri Herrera (trans. Lisa Dillman)

Flights–Olga Tokarczuk (trans. Jennifer Croft)

Beatlebone–Kevin Barry

Animals Eat Each Other–Elle Nash

Undermajordomo Minor–Patrick deWitt

Among the Living and the Dead–Inara Verzemnieks

The Dud Avocado–Elaine Dundy

Dragonfish–Vu Tran

Nicotine–Nell Zink

Restless Souls–Dan Sheehan

Things That Are–Amy Leach

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned–Wells Tower

Imagine–Jonah Lehrer

The Face–Chris Abani

The Devil’s Highway–Luis Alberto Urrea

Breaking and Entering–Joy Williams

Limber–Angela Pelster

The Falling Down Dance–Chris Martin

Fun Home–Alison Bechdel

Whorled–Ed Bok Lee

Homage to Catalonia–George Orwell

When We Were Orphans–Kazuo Ishiguro

Lincoln in the Bardo–George Saunders


The Childhood of Jesus–J.M. Coetzee

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour–Joshua Ferris

Reality Hunger–David Shields

The Alphabet Not Unlike the World–Katrina Vandenberg

The Argonauts–Maggie Nelson

Bluets–Maggie Nelson

Between the World and Me–Ta-Nehisi Coates

Don’t Come Back–Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas

Vietnamerica–GB Tran

May Day–Gretchen Marquette

Citizen: An American Lyric–Claudia Rankine

Why Did I Ever–Mary Robison

Man Alive–Thomas Page McBee

Buck–MK Asante

Life on Mars–Tracy K. Smith

Safekeeping–Abigail Thomas

Paris Nocturne–Patrick Modiano (trans. Phoebe Weston-Evans)

Safe Area Gorazde–Joe Sacco

Chocky–John Wyndham

Eileen–Ottessa Moshfegh

Foundation–Isaac Asimov

The Living End–Stanley Elkin

The Sympathizer–Viet Thanh Nguyen

Outline–Rachel Cusk

Blackass–A. Igoni Barrett

The Moon and the Bonfires–Cesare Pavese (trans. R.W. Flint)

Geography III–Elizabeth Bishop

Mislaid–Nell Zink

The Underground Railroad–Colson Whitehead

X-Men comic books (various)

The Fire Next Time–James Baldwin

North & South–Elizabeth Bishop

The Vegetarian–Han Kang (trans. Deborah Smith)

King for a Decade: Jean-Michel Basquiat–Taka Kawachi (ed.)

1Q84–Haruki Murakami (trans. Jay Rubin & Philip Gabriel)

Play It As It Lays–Joan Didion

The Door–Magda Szabo’ (trans. Len Rix)


The Meursault Investigation–Kamel Daoud (trans. John Cullen)

The Dog Stars–Peter Heller

The Buried Giant–Kazuo Ishiguro

Life After Life–Kate Atkinson

In Love–Alfred Hayes

Oryx and Crake–Margaret Atwood

The Jokers–Albert Cossery (trans. Anna Moschovakis)

In Caddis Wood–Mary Francois Rockcastle

The Sellout–Paul Beatty

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter–Carson McCullers

Dear Committee Members–Julie Schumacher

A Brief History of Seven Killings–Marlon James

Where You’ll Find Me–Ann Beattie

The Big Sleep–Raymond Chandler

The Lifespan of a Fact–John D’Agata & Jim Fingal


The Moor’s Account–Laila Lalami

In the Cafe’ of Lost Youth–Patrick Modiano (trans. Chris Clarke)

Everything and More: A Compact History of [infinity symbol]–David Foster Wallace

Young Once–Patrick Modiano (trans. Damion Searls)

Dead Man’s Float–Jim Harrison

Manservant and Maidservant–Ivy Compton-Burnett

The Summer Book–Tove Jansson (trans. Thomas Teal)

Letter to a Future Lover–Ander Monson

White Teeth–Zadie Smith

Vintage Hughes–Langston Hughes

House Made of Dawn–N. Scott Momaday

The Last Samurai–Helen DeWitt

Arkansas–John Brandon

Station Eleven–Emily St. John Mandel


Fifteen Dogs–Andre’ Alexis

N.P.–Banana Yoshimoto

Housekeeping–Marilynne Robinson

Dark Lies the Island–Kevin Barry

Geek Love–Katherine Dunn

Tales of the Quintana Roo–James Tiptree, Jr (aka Alice Sheldon)

The Narrow Road to the Deep North–Richard Flanagan

The Story of My Teeth–Valeria Luiselli

Packing for Mars–Mary Roach

The Mad & The Bad–Jean-Patrick Manchette

Doc–Mary Doria Russell

The Bone Clocks–David Mitchell

Forty Stories–Anton Chekhov

My Brilliant Friend–Elena Ferrante

The Hours–Michael Cunningham

That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana–Carlo Emilio Gadda

The Carnival at Bray–Jessie Ann Foley

Mrs. Dalloway–Virginia Woolf

Annihilation–Jeff VanderMeer

East of Eden–John Steinbeck

Bleeding Edge–Thomas Pynchon

Salvage the Bones–Jesmyn Ward

The Imperfectionists–Tom Rachman

The Quiet American–Graham Greene

The Color Purple–Alice Walker

The Quarry–Damon Galgut

Tropic of Cancer–Henry Miller

Beautiful Ruins–Jess Walter

Ghostwritten–David Mitchell

The Braindead Megaphone–George Saunders

Old Filth–Jane Gardam

Respected Sir–Naguib Mahfouz

Case Histories–Kate Atkinson

Letter to Those Who Write Love Letters–Joshua Benn Warner

Gods Without Men–Hari Kunzru


Between Heaven and Here–Susan Straight

Billy Budd, Sailor–Herman Melville

Infinite Jest–David Foster Wallace

City of Bohane–Kevin Barry

The Ask–Sam Lipsyte

Duplex–Kathryn Davis

The People in the Trees–Hanya Yanagihara

The Secret History–Donna Tartt

Decline and Fall–Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust–Evelyn Waugh

HHhH–Laurent Binet

House of Holes–Nicholson Baker

The Little Stranger–Sarah Waters

Long Division–Kiese Laymon

Pitch Dark–Renata Adler

A Fan’s Notes–Frederick Exley

Lightning Rods–Helen DeWitt

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline–George Saunders

Six Portraits–Julie Danho

A Better Way to Fall–David O’Connell

Jazz–Toni Morrison

Water, Ice, & Stone–Bill Green

Goodbye, Columbus–Philip Roth

Foreign Bodies–Cynthia Ozick

Caravaggio: A Life Sacred & Profane–Andrew Graham-Dixon

Rabbit, Run–John Updike

U and I–Nicholson Baker

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian–Sherman Alexie

Number9Dream–David Mitchell

Life & Times of Michael K–J.M. Coetzee

Who Will Run the Frog Hospital–Lorrie Moore

Lord of Misrule–Jaimy Gordon

NW–Zadie Smith

Play It as It Lays–Joan Didion


A Million Heavens–John Brandon

The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits & Encounters–Gay Talese

Falconer–John Cheever

State of Wonder–Anne Patchett

In Patagonia–Bruce Chatwin

All Souls’–Rhea Tregebov

Something in My Eye–Michael Jeffrey Lee

Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer–Steven Millhauser

Poems Out of Order–Joshua Benn Warner

Breakfast of Champions–Kurt Vonnegut

Night Train–Martin Amis

A Long and Happy Life–Reynolds Price

The Handmaid’s Tale–Margaret Atwood

Trout Fishing in America–Richard Brautigan

Cannery Row–John Steinbeck

Influences: Art, Optics, and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance–Mary Quinlan-McGrath

Speedboat–Renata Adler

Phantom–Jo Nesbo

Invitation to a Beheading–Vladimir Nabokov

House of Leaves–Mark Z. Danielewski

My Antonia–Willa Cather

Labyrinths–Jorge Luis Borges

Lust & Other Stories–Susan Minot

Paris to the Moon–Adam Gopnik

John Henry Days–Colson Whitehead

Death in Venice & Other Tales–Thomas Mann

This Is How You Lose Her–Junot Diaz

A Hologram for the King–Dave Eggers

Citrus County–John Brandon

Of Mice and Men–John Steinbeck

The Pearl–John Steinbeck

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction–Jonathan Culler

Tenth of December–George Saunders

The Flame Alphabet–Ben Marcus

We Have Always Lived in the Castle–Shirley Jackson


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk–Ben Fountain

The Day of the Locust–Nathanael West

Miss Lonelyhearts–Nathanael West

On Chesil Beach–Ian McEwan

Sweet Tooth–Ian McEwan

Train Dreams–Denis Johnson

Black Swan Green–David Mitchell

Time’s Arrow–Martin Amis

Money–Martin Amis

The Bridge of San Luis Rey–Thornton Wilder

Pastoralia–George Saunders

A High Wind in Jamaica–Richard Hughes

Less Than Zero–Bret Easton Ellis

Zone One–Colson Whitehead

Galapagos–Kurt Vonnegut

Tinkers–Paul Harding

The Principles of Uncertainty–Maira Kalman

Ten Days in the Hills–Jane Smiley

Breakfast at Tiffany’s–Truman Capote

Nobody’s Angel–Thomas McGuane

Pulphead–John Jeremiah Sullivan

Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It–Geoff Dyer

The Grapes of Wrath–John Steinbeck

Going After Cacciato–Tim O’Brien

Once Upon a River–Bonnie Jo Campbell

The Sisters Brothers–Patrick deWitt

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet–David Mitchell


The Stories of John Cheever–John Cheever

Hack–Dmitry Samarov

Candy–Terry Southern

Inherent Vice–Thomas Pynchon

Sputnik Sweetheart–Haruki Murakami

The Intuitionist–Colson Whitehead

The Scarlet Letter–Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Raisin in the Sun–Lorraine Hansberry

Swamplandia!–Karen Russell

Half Broke Horses–Jeannette Walls

Freedom–Jonathan Franzen

Interpreter of Maladies–Jhumpa Lahiri

Logicomix–Doxiadis, Papadimitriou, Papadatos, & Di Donna

In a Sunburned Country–Bill Bryson

Confessions of an English Opium Eater–Thomas DeQuincey

Cloud Atlas–David Mitchell

after the quake–Haruki Murakami

A Visit from the Goon Squad–Jennifer Egan

The Turn of the Screw–Henry James

Aya of Yop City–Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie

The House on Mango Street–Sandra Cisneros

Bossypants–Tina Fey

Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder–Lawrence Weschler

Neverwhere–Neil Gaiman

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs–Chuck Klosterman

The Old Man and the Sea–Ernest Hemingway

Chronic City–Jonathan Lethem

Airships–Barry Hannah

The Great Gatsby–F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet–William Shakespeare

The Boy Detective Fails–Joe Meno

The New Kings of Nonfiction–Ira Glass (ed.)


In a Strange Room–Damon Galgut


Pale Fire–Vladimir Nabokov

The Remains of the Day–Kazuo Ishiguro

After Dark–Haruki Murakami

Night–Elie Wiesel

Ordinary People–Judith Guest

Take the Cannoli–Sarah Vowell

The Partly Cloudy Patriot–Sarah Vowell

Let the Great World Spin–Colum McCann

A Raisin in the Sun–Lorraine Hansberry

The Postman Always Rings Twice–James M. Cain

Beatrice and Virgil–Yann Martel

A Pale View of the Hills–Kazuo Ishiguro

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love–Raymond Carver

A Canticle for Leibowitz–Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Cathedral–Raymond Carver

A Short History of a Small Place–T.R. Pearson

A Farewell to Arms–Ernest Hemingway

The Crucible–Arthur Miller

I Sailed With Magellan–Stuart Dybek

I’m a Stranger Here Myself–Bill Bryson

The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. 1–Philip Gourevitch (ed.)

100 Selected Poems–e.e. cummings

Nobody Move–Denis Johnson

The Great Gatsby–F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Golden Apples of the Sun–Ray Bradbury

Await Your Reply–Dan Chaon

The Penguin Complete Ghost Stories of M.R. James–M.R. James

The Body Artist–Don Delillo

Hella Nation–Evan Wright

The Jew of New York–Ben Katchor

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer–Ben Katchor

South of the Border, West of the Sun–Haruki Murakami

Maps & Legends–Michael Chabon

Ethan Frome–Edith Wharton


The Great Perhaps–Joe Meno

Eating the Dinosaur–Chuck Klosterman

An Underground Education–Richard Zacks

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn–Mark Twain

The Pump House Gang–Tom Wolfe

Bagombo Snuff Box–Kurt Vonnegut

Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences–Lawrence Weschler

In the Woods–Tana French

The First 49 Short Stories–Ernest Hemingway

Chicago–Alaa al Aswany

Special Topics in Calamity Physics–Marisha Pessl

The Wapshot Scandal–John Cheever

The Wapshot Chronicle–John Cheever

The Sun Also Rises–Ernest Hemingway

Consider the Lobster–David Foster Wallace

Written Lives–Javier Marias

Rock and Roll Cage Match–Sean Manning (ed.)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies–Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Spoon River Anthology–Edgar Lee Masters

Cosmopolis–Don Delillo

Watchmen–Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

The Lazarus Project–Aleksandar Hemon

Brighton Rock–Graham Greene

Grendel–John Gardner

The Best American Nonrequired Reading–Dave Eggers (ed.)

Psychology (8th Ed.)–David G. Myers

Then We Came to the End–Joshua Ferris

Jesus’ Son–Denis Johnson

The Final Solution–Michael Chabon

A Man Without A Country–Kurt Vonnegut

Hocus Pocus–Kurt Vonnegut

Pudd’nhead Wilson–Mark Twain

The Master and Margarita–Mikhail Bulgakov


Demons in the Spring–Joe Meno

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress–Dai Sijie

The Diary of a Young Girl–Anne Frank

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union–Michael Chabon

Four Essays–Michel de Montaigne

The Unconsoled–Kazuo Ishiguro

Barrel Fever–David Sedaris

Absurdistan–Gary Shteyngart

Tree of Smoke–Denis Johnson

Netherland–Joseph O’Neill

Mother Night–Kurt Vonnegut

Blood on the Moon–James Ellroy

The Road–Cormac McCarthy

Bright Lights, Big City–Jay McInerney

City of Glass–Paul Auster

Ghosts–Paul Auster

The Locked Room–Paul Auster

Beautiful Children–Charles Bock

The Brooklyn Follies–Paul Auster

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao–Junot Diaz

Slaughterhouse Five–Kurt Vonnegut

Fifth Business–Robertson Davies

The Manticore–Robertson Davies

World of Wonders–Roberston Davies

A Spot of Bother–Mark Haddon

Kafka on the Shore–Haruki Murakami

Notable Books pre-2008 (in no particular order)

The Cunning Man–Robertson Davies

The Metamorphosis–Franz Kafka

Lolita–Vladimir Nabokov

Pnin–Vladimir Nabokov

Under the Volcano–Malcolm Lowry

Cats Cradle–Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions–Kurt Vonnegut

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle–Haruki Murakami

A Wild Sheep Chase–Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood–Haruki Murakami

A Hard Boiled Wonderland & The End of the World–Haruki Murakami

White Noise–Don Delillo

Solaris–Stanislaw Lem

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance–Robert Pirsig

The Things They Carried–Tim O’Brien

In the Lake of the Woods–Tim O’Brien

Everything is Illuminated–Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close–Jonathan Safran Foer

Dead Souls–Nikolai Gogol

Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates–Tom Robbins

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues–Tom Robbins

Never Let Me Go–Kazuo Ishiguro

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime–Mark Haddon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay–Michael Chabon

The Sportswriter–Richard Ford

A Piece of My Heart–Richard Ford

If This Is A Man–Primo Levi

The Truce–Primo Levi

The Periodic Table–Primo Levi

The Corrections–Jonathan Franzen

The 27th City–Jonathan Franzen

The Power and the Glory–Graham Greene

The End of the Affair–Graham Greene

Siddhartha–Hermann Hesse

The Coast of Chicago–Stuart Dybek

The Moviegoer–Walker Percy

The Crying of Lot 49–Thomas Pynchon

V.–Thomas Pynchon

Vineland–Thomas Pynchon

Slow Learner–Thomas Pynchon

A Man in Full–Tom Wolfe

The Bonfire of the Vanities–Tom Wolfe

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test–Tom Wolfe

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–Ken Kesey

On the Road–Jack Kerouac

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler–Italo Calvino

The Elegant Universe–Brian Greene

Drown–Junot Diaz

All the King’s Men–Robert Penn Warren

The Catcher in the Rye–J.D. Salinger

Franny & Zooey–J.D. Salinger

Nine Stories–J.D. Salinger

Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction–J.D. Salinger

The Hobbit–J.R.R. Tolkein

Getting Mother’s Body–Suzan-Lori Parks

Ironweed–William Kennedy

All I Did Was Ask–Terry Gross

Anil’s Ghost–Michael Ondaatje

The Professor and the Madman–Simon Winchester

The Art of the Interview–Lawrence Grobel

The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God–Etgar Keret

A Hearbreaking Work of Staggering Genius–Dave Eggers

You Shall Know Our Velocity–Dave Eggers

How We Are Hungry–Dave Eggers

The Better of McSweeney’s (Vol. 1)–Dave Eggers (ed.)

Naked–David Sedaris

Me Talk Pretty One Day–David Sedaris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames–David Sedaris

I, Claudius–Robert Graves

Claudius The God–Robert Graves

Waiting for the Barbarians–J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace–J.M. Coetzee

The Illiad–Homer

The Odyssey–Homer

Sula–Toni Morrison

Beloved–Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye–Toni Morrison

The Third Chimpanzee–Jared Diamond

1984–George Orwell

Animal Farm–George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London–George Orwell

Life of Pi–Yann Martel

A Confederacy of Dunces–John Kennedy Toole

Neon Bible–John Kennedy Toole

The Virgin Suicides–Jeffery Eugenides

Middlesex–Jeffery Eugenides

Choke–Chuck Palahniuk

Lullaby–Chuck Palahniuk

Winesburg, Ohio–Sherwood Anderson

Catch-22–Joseph Heller

The Great American Novel–Philip Roth

Portnoy’s Complaint–Philip Roth

The Ghost Writer–Philip Roth

Zuckerman Unbound–Philip Roth

The Anatomy Lesson–Philip Roth

The Prague Orgy–Philip Roth

Revenge of the Lawn–Richard Brautigan

This Boy’s Life–Tobias Wolff

The Night in Question–Tobias Wolff

Moo–Jane Smiley

Bel Canto–Ann Patchett

Filth–Irvine Welsh

Dear Mr. President–Gabe Hudson

The Ha Ha–Dave King

The Know-It-All–A.J. Jacobs

The Devil in the White City–Erik Larson

Love in a Dead Language–Lee Siegel

Girl with Curious Hair–David Foster Wallace

Short Drive, Sweet Chariot–William Saroyan

The Heron–Giorgio Bassani

The Garden of the Finzi-Contini–Giorgio Bassani

Kitchen Confidential–Anthony Bourdain

Savage Inequalities–Jonathan Kozol

There Are No Children Here–Alex Kotlowitz

The Stranger–Albert Camus

The Awakening–Kate Chopin

Black Like Me–John Howard Griffin

Ender’s Game–Orson Scott Card

Native Son–Richard Wright

Bartleby, the Scrivener–Herman Melville

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