I’m doing something crazy for 2014. I’m going to read books–lots of them–by people who are still alive.
Contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I will post reviews and thoughts as I go over on the blog.
This list is adapted from the New York Times’s “100 Notable Books of 2013.”
EMPRESS DOWAGER CIXI: THE CONCUBINE WHO LAUNCHED MODERN CHINA. By Jung Chang (Not on the NY Times list; a choice for my personal book club with a friend.)
THE FARAWAY NEARBY. By Rebecca Solnit.
A GUIDE TO BEING BORN: Stories. By Ramona Ausubel.
WOKE UP LONELY. By Fiona Maazel.
February – Black History Month
THE CIRCLE. By Dave Eggers.
THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE. By Ayana Mathis.
THE GOOD LORD BIRD. By James McBride.
AMERICANAH. By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
March – Women’s History Month
THE LOWLAND. By Jhumpa Lahiri.
THE COLOR MASTER: Stories. By Aimee Bender.
SOMEONE. By Alice McDermott.
MISS ANNE IN HARLEM: The White Women of the Black Renaissance. By Carla Kaplan.
SCHRODER. By Amity Gaige.
DIRTY LOVE (stories). By Andre Dubus III.
CLAIRE OF THE SEA LIGHT. By Edwidge Danticat.
THE SOUND OF THINGS FALLING. By Juan Gabriel Vásquez.
OUR ANDROMEDA: poems. By Brenda Shaughnessy.
THE SON. By Philipp Meyer.
THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS. By Claire Messud.
A MARKER TO MEASURE DRIFT. By Alexander Maksik.
THE END OF THE POINT. By Elizabeth Graver.
A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA. By Anthony Marra.
ALL THAT IS. By James Salter.
CHILDREN ARE DIAMONDS: An African Apocalypse. By Edward Hoagland.
THE LUMINARIES. By Eleanor Catton.
METAPHYSICAL DOG (poems). By Frank Bidart.
TENTH OF DECEMBER: Stories. By George Saunders.
MADNESS, RACK, AND HONEY: Collected Lectures. By Mary Ruefle.
DISSIDENT GARDENS. By Jonathan Lethem.
WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES. By Karen Joy Fowler.
THE VALLEY OF AMAZEMENT. By Amy Tan.
THE FLAMETHROWERS. By Rachel Kushner.
WE NEED NEW NAMES. By NoViolet Bulawayo.
SUBMERGENCE. By J. M. Ledgard.
BLEEDING EDGE. By Thomas Pynchon.
DUPLEX. By Kathryn Davis.
October – Spooky stuff
DOCTOR SLEEP. By Stephen King.
THE ACCURSED. By Joyce Carol Oates.
THE DINNER. By Herman Koch.
SUBTLE BODIES. By Norman Rush.
THE GOLDFINCH. By Donna Tartt.
I WANT TO SHOW YOU MORE: Stories. By Jamie Quatro.
LIFE AFTER LIFE. By Kate Atkinson.
LOVE, DISHONOR, MARRY, DIE, CHERISH, PERISH. By David Rakoff.
WAVE. By Sonali Deraniyagala.
HALF THE KINGDOM. By Lore Segal.
THE IMPOSSIBLE LIVES OF GRETA WELLS. By Andrew Sean Greer.
LOCAL SOULS: Novellas. By Allan Gurganus.