2014 Book Challenge

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.”

January

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

November

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.

December

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.

 

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