a frequently updated list of recently read books


The Rule of St. Benedict Joan Chittister

The Incendiaries R.O Kwon

A Prayer Journal Flannery O’Connor

Trust Exercises Susan Choi

Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders

Paris in Winter David Coggins

My Butch Career Esther Newton

Still Lives Maria Hummel

Swimming Lessons Claire Fuller

Passion and Affect Laurie Colwin

Your Duck is My Duck Deborah Eisenberg

The Golden State Lydia Kiesling

Hotel Du Lac Anita Brookner

Welcome Home Lucia Berlin

Letters to Max Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo

The Round House Louise Erdrich

Women Talking Miriam Toews

The Friend Sigrid Nunez

The Cost of Living Deborah Levy

Circe Madeline Miller

The Catholic Imagination Andrew Greeley

Things I Don’t Want to Know Deborah Levy

The Optimistic Decade Heather Abel

Scrap; on Louise Nevelson Julie Gard

The Wives of Los Alamos TaraShea Nesbit

Stray City Chelsea Johnson

Asymmetry Lisa Halliday

That Kind of Mother Rumaan Alam

The Lost Kitchen Erin French

Paper is White Hilary Zaid

Feel Free Zadie Smith

Winter Ali Smith

Fire Sermon Jamie Quatro

Call Me By My Name Andre Achman

The Perfect Nanny Leila Slimani

The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard

More Home Cooking Laurie Colwin

Home Cooking Laurie Colwin

The Annunciation Ellen Gilchrist

Afterglow Eileen Myles

History of Wolves Emily Fridlund

Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado

The Farm in the Green Mountains Alice Herdan-Zuckmayer

The Ninth Hour Alice McDermott

What We Lose Zinzi Clemmons

A Road Made By Walking Sara Baume

Exit West Mohsin Hamid

Less Andrew Sean Greer

A Grace Paley Reader Grace Paley

Girls and Sex Peggy Orenstein

Do Not Become Alarmed Maile Meloy

Nature Poem Tommy Pico

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Sherman Alexie

The Blue Hour Laura Pritchett

The Idiot Elif Batuman

Cassandra at the Wedding Dorothy Baker

Celine Peter Heller

Murder in the Cathedral T.S.Eliot

Magdalene Marie Howe

Bull and Other Stories Kathy Anderson

Autumn Ali Smith

South and West Joan Didion

The Rules Don't Apply Ariel Levy

Abandon Me Melissa Febos

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce Morgan Parker

Unseen Hand Adam Zagajewski

Mercury Margot Livesey

The World Will Be Saved by Beauty Kate Hennessy

Swing Time Zadie Smith

Commonwealth Ann Patchett

Ideas of Heaven Joan Silber

The Red Car Marcy Dermansky

The Duty of Delight Dorothy Day

All the Way to Heaven is Here Dorothy Day

The Old Filth Trilogy Jane Gardham 

The Nest Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The After Party Anton DiSclafani

The Summer Book Tove Jansson

Hot Milk Deborah Levy

Heroes of the Frontier Dave Eggers

Voyage of the Sable Venus Robin Coste Lewis

Swimming Home Deborah Levy

The Red Notebook Antoine Laurain

We The Animals Justin Torres

To the End of the Land David Grossman

Ninety-Nine Stories of God Joy Williams

Unless Carol Shields

The Life You Save May Be Your Own Paul Elie

My Bright Abyss Christian Wiman

The Road to Emmaus Spencer Reese

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time Marie Howe

Carol (The Price of Salt) Patricia Highsmith

A Body, Undone Christina Crosby

Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert

The Visiting Privilege Joy Williams

The Sport of Kings CE Morgan

The Pleasing Hour Lily King

The Mare Mary Gaitskill

The Abundance Annie Dillard

The Bed Moved Rebecca Schiff

James Herriot Dog Stories (with my daughter)

Temporary Shelter Mary Gordon

Eligible Curtis Sittenfeld

Home Studies Julie Gard

The Summer of My Amazing Luck Miriam Toews

A Manual for Cleaning Women Lucia Berlin

Second Childhood Fanny Howe

Corita Kent and the Language of Pop Susan Dackerman

When You Reach Me Rebecca Stead

Not That Kind of Girl Lena Dunham

Irma Voth Miriam Toews

My Name is Lucy Barton Elizabeth Strout

The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander

The Neapolitan Novels Elena Ferrante

Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates

Fates and Furies Lauren Groff

Bobcat Rebecca Lee

Tattoos on the Heart Greg Boyle

Bird Noy Holland

What I've Stolen, What I've Earned Sherman Alexie

Fidelity Grace Paley

I Must Be Living Twice Eileen Myles

The Painter Peter Heller

Caesar's Guide to a Perfect Dog Caesar Milan

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty Vendela Veda

The Vacationers Emma Straub

The Adamant Mary Ruefle

The Unspeakable Meghan Daum

After Birth Elissa Albert

After Moondog Jane Shapiro

The Lone Pilgrim Laurie Colwin

Among the Ten Thousand Things Julia Pierpont

Visions and Revisions Dale Peck

A God in Ruins Kate Atkinson

The Green Road Anne Enright

The Argonauts Maggie Nelson

The Folded Clock Heidi Julavitz

What Comes Next and How to Like It Abigail Thomas

My Mistakes Daniel Menaker

Sweet Tooth Ian McEwan

Men Explain Things to Me Rebecca Solnit

All My Puny Sorrows Miriam Toews

Bluets Maggie Nelson

Euphoria Lily King

Florence Gordon Brian Morton

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write Sarah Ruhl

Miracle Girls Mary Beth Caschetta

Thunderstruck Elizabeth McCracken

Lila Marilynne Robinson

Home Marilynne Robinson

When I Was a Child I Read Books Marilynne Robinson

On Immunization Eula Biss

Best American Essays 2013

What the Living Do Marie Howe

Ambition and Survival Christian Wiman

Out of the West Christian Wiman

Stolen Air: Collected Poems of Osip Mandelstam Christian Wiman, trans.

Stars Go Blue Laura Pritchett

The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing Mira Jacobs

This is the Water Yannick Murphy

Love, Nina Nina Stibbe

Life After Life Kate Atkinson

Off Course Michelle Huneven

The City is a Rising Tide Rebecca Lee

Bobcat Rebecca Lee