Year in Reading – 2017

books

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Selected 2017 Reading (alphabetical by author/editor last name by genre)

Short Stories/Collections

  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  • A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon
  • The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov
  • The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  • Transactions in a Foreign Currency by Deborah Eisenberg
  • The O. Henry Prize Stories edited by Laura Furman
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Send me Work: Stories by Katherine Karlin
  • At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid
  • A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  • Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
  • Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
  • Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munroe
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  • Green Mountains Review edited by Dan Pinkerton
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories by Jim Shepard

Fiction

  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Daisy Miller by Henry James
  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon
  • Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  • Eileen by Ottessa Mosfegh
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction

  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington
  • Mythologies by Roland Barthes
  • Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles
  • And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos by John Berger
  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  • On Writing by Charles Bukowski
  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton
  • The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  • The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus by Cyril Connolly
  • An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
  • My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain by Aaron Dixon
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care edited by Craig M. Klugman
  • The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
  • Table Talk: From the Threepenny Review edited by Wendy Lesser
  • More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers by Jonathan Lethem
  • Things I Don’t Want to Know: On Writing by Deborah Levy
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté
  • Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care by Dayna Matthew
  • Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice by Colum McCann
  • Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality edited by Jonathan M. Metzl
  • Ventanas de Manhattan by Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  • Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
  • Politics and the English Language by George Orwell
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
  • Against Interpretation and Other Essays by Susan Sontag
  • God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine by Victoria Sweet
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  • My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese
  • When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine by Monica Wood
  • Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser

Poetry

  • Three Poems by John Ashbery
  • On Cats by Charles Bukowski
  • Loosestrife by Stephen Dunn
  • Ugly Time by Sarah Galvin
  • The Temple Gate Called Beautiful by David K. Kirby
  • Falling Water by John Koethe
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Plays/Zines/Graphic Novels/Other:

  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Wit by Margaret Edson
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • The Ring of Fire Anthology by E.T. Russian
  • The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams