Reading List: Book Recommendations

Ranging from featherlight to heavyweight, these books were worth my time and then some.


Black Hole Blues, Janna Levin (2016)
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (2017)
Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman (2011)


A Leg to Stand On, Oliver Sacks (1984)
Crewe Train, Rose Macaulay (1926)
Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov (1962)
The Folded Clock: A Diary, Heidi Julavits (2015)
The Camomile Lawn, Mary Wesley (1984)
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone, Olivia Laing (2016)
Greene on Capri: A Memoir, Shirley Hazzard (2000)
How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran (2011)
A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson (2015)
The Portable Veblen, Elizabeth McKenzie (2016)
West with the Night, Beryl Markham (1942)
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson (2013)
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (1963)
Transactions in a Foreign Currency, Deborah Eisenberg (1986)
Redeployment, Phil Klay (2014)
My Life On The Road, Gloria Steinem (2015)


The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison (2014)
My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell (1954)
The Tenth of December, George Saunders (2013)
An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine (2014)
The Quiet American, Graham Greene (1955)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver (2007)
How to Build a Girl, Caitlin Moran (2014)
Leave it to Psmith, P.G. Wodehouse (1923)
Mijn Strijd 1: Vader, Karl Ove Knausgård, (2011, Dutch translation)
H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald (2014)
How to be both, Ali Smith (2014)
Old Filth, Jane Gardam (2004)
Kaas, Willem Elsschot (1933, Dutch)
Discontent and its Civilizations, Mohsin Hamid (2014)
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
Run River, Joan Didion (1963)
On the Move, Oliver Sacks (2015)
The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis (1942)
The Liar’s Club, Mary Karr (1995)
Hold Still, Sally Mann (2015)
Cassandra at the Wedding, Dorothy Baker (1962)

2014 and earlier

The Circle, Dave Eggers (2013)
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014)
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri (2008)
The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion (2005)
Tampa, Alissa Nutting (2013)
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace (1997)
Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov (1966)
The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton (1920)
Swamplandia!, Karen Russell (2011)
The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead (1999)
Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger (1953)
Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (1979)
Cassandra, Christa Wolf (1983)
The Awakening, Kate Chopin (1899)
Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, Peter Høeg (1992)