Year in Reading – 2017


If you’ve read any of these and want to chat about them, please email me! Likewise, if there are books you think I should read, let me know. Sometimes I write short reviews over on my Goodreads page.

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

  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Three Poems by John Ashbery
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • 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
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos by John Berger
  • Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin
  • On Writing by Charles Bukowski
  • On Cats by Charles Bukowski
  • Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women by Susan Burton
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
  • A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon
  • The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine by Rita Charon
  • The Black Monk by Anton Chekhov
  • The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus by Cyril Connolly
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
  • My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain by Aaron Dixon
  • Loosestrife by Stephen Dunn
  • Wit by Margaret Edson
  • Transactions in a Foreign Currency by Deborah Eisenberg
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • The O. Henry Prize Stories edited by Laura Furman
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • Ugly Time by Sarah Galvin
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Daisy Miller by Henry James
  • The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
  • Send me Work: Stories by Katherine Karlin
  • The Temple Gate Called Beautiful by David K. Kirby
  • At the Bottom of the River by Jamaica Kincaid
  • A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care edited by Craig M. Klugman
  • Falling Water by John Koethe
  • Long Division by Kiese Laymon
  • 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
  • Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  • The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
  • 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
  • Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy
  • Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality edited by Jonathan M. Metzl
  • Ventanas de Manhattan by Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
  • Eileen by Ottessa Mosfegh
  • Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munroe
  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
  • Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
  • Politics and the English Language by George Orwell
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  • Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
  • The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
  • Green Mountains Review edited by Dan Pinkerton
  • Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  • Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century by Dorothy Roberts
  • Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
  • The Ring of Fire Anthology by E.T. Russian
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • Love and Hydrogen: New and Selected Stories by Jim Shepard
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • 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
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
  • My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams
  • 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

“Doreen” in Joyland

My short fiction story “Doreen” is out in Joyland Magazine and can now be read in full on their website.

As The Seattle Review of Books wrote after last month’s Lit Crawl, “Joyland Magazine is built on a contradiction that isn’t one: that fiction is both an international movement and grounded in local communities. They have editors throughout the United States and Canada who are responsible for curating stories that define each region’s unique character, and they publish by the map — stories are grouped and tagged by location, so readers get to know the flavor of a particular place.”

From the same review: “Adams’ ‘Doreen’ (coming next issue) takes a woman comfortably padded against unpleasantness into the teeth of the medical system.”

Thanks to Joyland PNW editor Kait Heacock for picking “Doreen” out of the pile and giving it a home.

Glimmer Train Award Finalist

I’m very pleased to announce that my short story Do No Harm was a Finalist for Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award.
From their email:

…we really enjoyed “Do No Harm”! Although it did not win this time, I am happy to inform you that it did make the Top 25 list. Congratulations! (That’s the top 2 – 3% of over a thousand submissions!) Be sure to mention this achievement as you send the piece back out into the world.

I am grateful to the editors of Glimmer Train for reading my work and for all that they do. Last year I was pleased to be awarded an honorable mention, and I’m thrilled to have moved up to being a finalist this go-around.

“All Hazards Model” in Monkeybicycle

My flash fiction story “All Hazards Model” has been published in Monkeybicycle

I scribbled my first draft of this story during a public health nursing lecture on disaster preparedness. I didn’t do anything with those scribbles for a few years, but I loved the picture that had formed in my mind of the risk analysis expert, her tornado-alley sister, and the radioactive ground that was their childhood. I’m happy that those “class notes” turned into “All Hazards Model” and found a home in Monkeybicycle.