Reads

2014

Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
The Beautiful Unseen by Kyle Boelte
Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman
Savage Park by Amy Fusselman
Hall of Small Mammals by Thomas Pierce
Binary Star by Sara Gerard
The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Fine Art of Fucking Up by Cate Dicharry
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
The Unspeakable by Megan Daum
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
No Other by Mark Gluth
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Our Secret Life in the Movies by Michael McGriff and J. M. Tyree
Gabriel: A Poem by Edward Hirsch
Our Love Will Go The Way of the Salmon by Cameron Pierce
Gangsterland by Tod Goldberg
See You in Paradise: Stories by J. Robert Lennon
The Hollywood Trilogy: A Couple of Comedians, 
     The True Story of Jody McKeegan, and Turnaround by Don Carpenter
A Model Partner by Daniel Seery
Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley
Flings: Stories by Justin Taylor
The Fall: A Father's Memoir in 424 Steps by Diogo Mainardi
California by Edan Lepucki
How To Catch A Coyote by Christy Crutchfield
Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It by Gary Taubes
Does Not Love by James Tadd Adcox
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
From Here by Jen Michalski
Green Girl by Kate Zambreno
How To Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
A Life in Men by Gina Frangello
Crystal Eaters by Shane Jones
Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
Dubliners by James Joyce
The Man Who Walked Away by Maud Casey
Department of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Different Bed Every Time by Jac Jemc
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Inside Madeleine by Paula Bomer
What Happened Here by Bonnie ZoBell
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Fridays at Enrico's by Don Carpenter
The Object Parade by Dinah Lenney
10% Happier by Dan Harris
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Hum: Stories by Michelle Richmond
The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light by David Downie
Where Have All the Nurses Gone? by Faye Satterly
Beside Myself by Ashley Farmer
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
City of God: Faith in the Streets by Sara Miles
More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments by Megan Hustad
Countdown City (The Last Policeman #2) by Ben H. Winters

2013

The Rise and Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories by Christopher Merkner
Partial List of People to Bleach by Gary Lutz
Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
The Telling Room by Michael Paterniti
Elect H. Mouse State Judge by Nelly Reifler
I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro
Raw by Mark Haskell Smith
Three Scenarios in Which Hana Saksaki Grows a Tail: Stories by Kelly Luce
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
Women in Bed: Nine Stories by Jessica Keener
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge
Goodnight Nobody by Ethel Rohan
If I'd Known You Were Coming by Kate Milliken
Provence, 1970 by Luke Barr
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Something Wrong With Her by Cris Mazza
The Color Master by Aimee Bender
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender
Simplify by Tod Goldberg
The Lost Art of Reading by David Ulin
Other Resort Cities by Tod Goldberg
When the Messenger Is Hot by Elizabeth Crane
All This Heavenly Glory by Elizabeth Crane
We The Animals by Justin Torres
Cooked by Michael Pollan
You Must Be This Happy To Enter by Elizabeth Crane
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
The Little Sleep by Paul Tremblay
Middle Men by Jim Gavin
The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar
Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit
Mr. Wilson's Cabinet Of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology by Lawrence Weschler
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Out of Sheer Rage by Geoff Dyer
The Book of My Lives Aleksander Hemon
Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss
Reading for my Life by John Leonard
Seek by Denis Johnson
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Disneylanders by Kate Abbott
We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel
Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
Joe Gould's Secret Joseph Mitchell
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

2012

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Myth of Solid Ground by David Ulin
The Last Policeman by Ben Winters
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel Smith
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen
Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine
Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
March by Geraldine Brooks
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Birds of a Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within by Kim Addonizio
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
And Her Soul Out of Nothing by Olena Kalytiak Davis
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown
A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

2011

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Winters Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
Light Years by Le Anne Schreiber
Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
One True Thing by Anna Quindlen
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins:
     The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, Mockingjay
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Living Out Loud by Anna Quindlen
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Cleopatra, A Life by Stacy Schiff

2010

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Native Son by Richard Wright
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

2009

The Courage to Start by John Bingham
No Need for Speed by John Bingham
Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Books I teach (and read every year)

Anthem by Ayn Rand
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

Just a book I love

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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