Titles on My Reading List

This list is always growing and changing, so I might as well dive in. There’s no great deadline for any; just when I can get to them. I got tired of scribbling on papers, the backs of envelopes and various scraps, and real and virtual Post-Its. Here is my attempt at order, which is not always easy for me to come by. I will try to keep the nightmare of my computer crash several years ago out of my mind. Among other things, I lost my Access book database.

Book And Pen

Penelope Lively– The Purple Swamp Hen (short stories)

Mindful Money

Book of Ages: The Life and Times of Jane Franklin — Jill Lepone

The Lowells of Massachusetts

Around the World in 50 Years  — Podell

Half a World Away — Cynthia Kadohata

The Red Pencil — Andrea Davis Pinkney

Listen, Slowly — Thanhha Lai

Chickadee– Louise Erdrich

The Turtle of Oman — Naomi Shihab Nye

Dancing Home — Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarretta

Shooting Kabul — NH Senzai

Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening  — Carol Wall

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine  — Benjamin Wallace

Man’s Search for Meaning — Viktor E. Frankl

In a Rocket Made of Ice — by Gail Gutradt

I Shall Be Near to You — Erin Lindsay McCabe

Americanah — Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Elly Peterson — “Mother” of the Moderates, by Sara Fitzgerald


Moloka’i — Alan Brennert


Russian Winter – Daphne Kalotay

Vanity Fair WM Thackeray

The Athena Project, by Brad Thor (saw on an old hold slip; looked interesting)

T.C. Boyle books

A Chain of Voices

Memory of Running

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake

The Echo Makers by Richard Powers

Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

The Four Mrs. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton

Home to Woefield by Susan Juby

The Shadow Catcher Marianne Wiggins

The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry

Dancing with Gravity by Anene Tressler

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly C. Corbett, and Amanda Pressner

Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax

A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

A Covert Affair (about Paul and Julia Child) by Jennet Conant

The Archivist by Martha Cooley

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

The Forgers, Bradford Morrow

Quartet for the End of Time, Johanna Skibsrud

The Cypress Whispers

Girl in Transition, Jean Kwok

Paris Letters–Jane MacLeod

The Lavender Garden

What Nora Knew

Mastering the Art of French Eating


Ms. Tehaan: Swimming Toward the Light

American Cornball: A Laffopedic Guide to the Formerly Funny, Christopher Miller

Bible: The Story of the King James Version, 1611–2011, by Gordon Campbell

Walking Wisdom – Deepak Chopra

The Soul of Money – Twist & Barker

Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of Fifty Years of To Kill a Mockingbird – Mary McDonagh Murphy

Bill Bryson rules! Although I won’t subject a book group to another of his titles (I’ve led two discussions already) I will read the one about his house and “Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the Genius of the Royal Society.” and anything else I still haven’t read.

Saul Bellow: Letters

OK: The Improbable History of America’s Greatest Word, by Allan Metcalf

This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession, by Daniel J. Levitin

Hitchcock Piece by Piece” By Laurent Bouzereau

“The British Spy Novel” by John Atkins, first published in 1984 in London and New York.

West of Here — Jonathan Evison

Moon Over Manifest (latest Newbery winner)

Table of Contents: From Breakfast with Anita Diamant to Dessert with James Patterson – a Generous Helping of Recipes, Writings and Insights from Today’s Bestselling Authors

Judy Gelman, Vicki Levy Krupp

Devotion: A Memoir — Dani Shapiro

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Quilter novels

Tana French – Faithful Place

Thomas Keneally – A River Town

The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack

In Stitches by Anthony Youn, M.D.

Dance to the Music of Time

Agaat by Marlene Van Niekerk  (Tin House)
Aliss at the Fire by Jon Fosse  (Dalkey Archive) translated by Damion Searls
An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by Geroges Perec  (Wakefield Press)
translated by Marc Lowenthal
Asunder by Robert Lopez  (Dzanc)
Black Minutes by Martin Solares  (Grove/Atlantic)
translated by Aura Estrada and John Pluecker
Contingency Plan by David K Wheeler  (TS Poetry)
Dolly City by Orly Castel-Bloom (Dalkey) translated by Dalya Bilu
 by Eugene Marten (Tyrant Books)
Flyover State by Emma Straub  (Flatmancrooked)
Forecast by Shya Scanlon  (Flatmancrooked)
Grand Central Winter: Stories from the Street by Lee Stringer (Seven Stories Press)
Great House by Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton)
I Just Lately Started Buying Wings by Kim Dana Kupperman (Graywolf Press)
Long, Last, Happy by Barry Hannah (Grove/Atlantic)
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (McPherson)
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes  (Grove/Atlantic)
Museum of the Weird by Amelia Gray (FC2)
New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (New Press)
Nox by Anne Carson (New Directions)
Orion You Came and Took All My Marbles by Kira Henehan (Milkweed Editions)
Report by Jessica Francis Kane (Graywolf)
The Autobiography of Jenny X by Lisa Dierbeck (O/R Books)
The Black History of the White House by Clarence Lusane  (City Lights)
The Debba by Avner Mandelman  (Other Press)
The French Revolution by Matt Stewart (Soft Skull Press)
The Instructions by Adam Levin (McSweeney’s)
The Jokers by Albert Cossery (NYRB) translated by Anna Moschovakis
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (W.W. Norton)
The Museum of Eterna’s Novel by Macedonio Fernandez (Open Letter)
translated by Margaret Schwartz
The Orange Eats Creeps by Grace Krilanovich  (Two Dollar Radio)
The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel (Unbridled)
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books)
Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja (Small Beer Press)
Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck (New Directions) translated by Susan Bernofsky
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns (Dorothy)
Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr (Akashic)

The Long Song — Andrea Levy


Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff

Grant Wood: A Life (Not quite sure yet why I want to read this one. Except for American Gothic, I know nothing about the man.)

David McCullough rules!!

The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family — Oscar Andrew Hammerstein

Native American Son: The Life and Sports Legend of Jim Thorpe; Kate Buford

“Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Gone With the Wind’: A Bestseller’s Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood” by Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley Jr.

The Sublime Engine — Steven and Dr. Thomas Avedon

Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich an the 15 String Quartets, by Wendy Lesser

The Invisible Line: Sharfstein

Bottom of the 33rd


Finishing the Hat – Stephen Sondheim

Conversations with Myself – Nelson Mandela

Music Is My Mistress — Duke Ellington

Same Kind of Different As Me — Ron Hall & Denver Moore

War Child – Emmanuel Jal

Cleo: The Cat Who Saved a Family – Helen Brown

All volumes of The Autobiography of Mark Twain (but first read all his works!)

My Nine Lives, by Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness–and a Trove of Letters–Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression by Ted Gup

The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Almost Chimpanzee – Jon Cohen

The grace of silence   / Norris, Michele

The last speakers : the quest to save the world’s most endangered languages   / Harrison, K. David

On second thought : outsmarting your mind’s hard-wired habits   / Herbert, Wray

The cookbook collector : a novel   / Goodman, Allegra

Half empty   / Rakoff, David

The particular sadness of lemon cake : a novel   / Bender, Aimee

Signing their lives away : the fame and misfortune of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence   / Kiernan, Denise

Frank : the voice   / Kaplan, James

Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language

Empress Orchid by Anchee Min

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

Ireland by Frank Delaney

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

N. John Hall — Correspondence: An Adventure in Letters

Correspondence between James Maxwell and Eudora Welty

Every Saturday — B.W. Read

Losing My Cool: Thomas Chatterton Williams

The Last Hero — Wil Haygood

100 Ways to Say I Love You — Diane Ackerman

Father of the Rain — Lily King

Three Billy Goats Gruff — Paul Galdone

Ghosts by Daylight Janine Giovanni

The Man of Numbers — Keith Devlin

Book Yourself Solid –Michael Port

Flunking Sainthood — Jana Reiss

Me Again

Calico Joe — Grisham

Wonder — Palacio

I’d Like to Apologize — Danza

Rise of Rome

Between the Lines — Picoult

Outcasts United — Warren St. John

Beautiful Ruins — Jess Walter

Cat Among the Pigeons — Golding

Mother Goose Rhymes in English and Spanish

Sacre Bleu — Christopher Moore

Yes, Chef

Jeff and Michael Shaara

Johnson’s Life of London

American canopy — Rutko

Louisa and Marmee

Crossing the Borders of Time

To Free a Family

Gustavo Dudamel book

A Child Called It

A Slave in the White House

Essential Idioms in English

Ocean Soul — Brian Skerry


Dealing with Dragons

Lost Washington, DC

An Invisible Thread

Lover’s Leap Emily March’s Eternity Springs series

Bruce – Peter Carlin

Carly’s Voice – Fleishmann

More Than Human — Blackwell

Dream New Dreams — Jai Pausch

Inn at Boonesboro series — Nora Roberts

Almost Home — Kevin Ryan

Calico Joe — Grisham

Willie Nelson book

All Gone — Alex Witchel

The Old Ways

Big Ten of Grammar

Hello Goodbye Hello

When Will Heaven Begin

About Time (m0vie)

The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

Double Feature

Gun Machine

A Curious Man – Neal Thompson

Mother, Daughter, Me – Hafner

Let the Great World Spin –McCannn

When I First Held You (essays on fatherhood)

Special Heart – Bret Baier

The Romanov Sisters – Helen Rappaport

Neil Armstrong – Jay Barbree

Sally Ride -Lynn Sherr

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes


Building Believable Characters — Writers Digest Books

Get Paid to Write Online

Make a Living Writing — Angie Atkinson

A Little Book of Language — David Crystal


Perfect Reader — Maggie Pouncy

Midnight Dreary — John Evangelist Walsh

The Mosaic Crimes — Giulio Leoni

Becoming Billie Holliday — Carol Boston Weatherford

A Good Hard Look (novel about Flannery O’Connor)

All the Things You Are: the Life of Tony Bennett — David Evanier

Stephen Kuusisto Stone Strong VSAArts

A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter — William Deresiewicz

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed Catherine Reef

Age of Miracles — Karen Thompson

David Margolick –Elizabeth and Hazel

The Black Count — Tom Reiss

The Four Graces  — D.E. Stevenson

Crossing the Borders of Time — Leslie Maitland

Neverhome — Laird Hunt

The Thirteenth Gift — Joanne Huist Smith

Land of a Thousand Hills –Rosamund Carr

Lisa See — Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Land’s End — Michael Cunningham

After the Dance — Edwidge Danticat

City of the Soul — William Murray

Washington Schlepped Here — Christopher Bucklry

Hallowed Ground  — James McPherson

Blues City — Ishmael Reed

Fugitives and Refugees — Chuck Palahniuk

The Martian — Andy Weir

One Good Turn & other Jackson Brodie mysteries; also Life After Life & A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson

Anything by Eudora Welty

Marie Kondo — The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Better Than Before — Gretchen Rubin

Charles Fishman, A Curious Mind

David Brooks, The Road to Character

Beryl Markham — West with the Night

St. Exupery — Wind, Sand, and Stars

Shadow of the Silk Road

Midnight in Siberia

The Other Wes Moore

Black Dove, White Raven  — Elizabeth Win

The Little Women — Katharine Weber

The Little Women Letters — Gabrielle Donnelly

To Be Sung Underwater

David Masumoto — Epitaph for a Peach : Four Seasons on a Family Farm

Harvest Son: Planting Roots in American Soil

Four Seasons in Five Senses: Things Worth Savoring

Vanessa and Her Sister — Priya Parmar

The Aviator’s Wife — Melanie Benjamin

The History of Love — Nicole Krauss

The Ginger Tree

Paper Love: The Girl My Grandfather Left Behind

The Ginger Tree



The Bishop’s Wife — Mette Ivie Harrison

The Crane Wife — Patrick Ness

Still Life — Louise Penny


El Deafo — Cece Bell

Pickle –Kim Baker

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom — Christopher Healy

Chomp — Carl Hiassen

Grand Plan to Fix Everything

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Slacker –Gordon Korman

Christopher Fowler–Peculiar Crimes Unit (Locked Rooms)

Once We Were Brothers

City of Thieves

Hillbilly Elegy

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

new mystery writer, Elly Griffiths

If I Forget You, by Thomas Christopher Greene

In Our Time, Ernest Hemingway

Richard Holmes, This Long Pursuit

The Typewriter’s Tale, Michiel Heyns

The Skin Above My Knee, Marcia Butler, oboist

Jonathan Swift: Reluctant Rebel, by John Stubbs










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