Lindsey’s Bookshelf

In seventh grade, we had to keep a list of everything we read.  The habit stuck.

2014:
Memoirs by Pablo Neruda
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
How It All Began by Penelope Lively
Seven Ages of Paris
by Alistair Horne
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Now by Lauren Bacall
Married at Fourteen by Lucille Lang Day
Transatlantic by Colum McCann
Toby’s Room by Pat Barker
The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma
A Green Journey by Jon Hassler
Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver (again)
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller
I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons
Off Course by Michelle Huneven
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon
A Sea of Troubles by Donna Leon
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
Byrd by Kim Church
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Alone With You by Marisa Silver
31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
The God of War by Marisa Silver

2013:
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Mary Coin
by Marisa Silver
Into the Silent Land by Martin Laird
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Goodnight Nobody by Ethel Rohan
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Turtle Diary by Russell Hoban
The Grifters by Jim Thompson
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Quiet
by Susan Cain
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman   WOW
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Fatal Remedies by Donna Leon
Swim:  Why We Love the Water by Lynn Sherr
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Katy Butler
The World Without You by Joshua Henkin
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton
A History of the Present Illness by Louise Aronson
Tigerlily’s Orchids by Ruth Rendell
Holding Silvan by Monica Wesolowska
Tasting Home by Judith Newton
Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín
Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
Married Love and Other Stories by  Tessa Hadley
Dear Life by Alice Munro

2012:
Quietly In Their Sleep by Donna Leon
My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Still:  Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner
Best American Short Stories 2012
A House With No Roof
by Rebecca Wilson
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Then Again by Diane Keaton
Fighting Fire by Caroline Paul
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Pickup
by Nadine Gordimer
Heidegger’s Glasses
by Thaisa Frank
Acqua Alta
by Donna Leon
Making It Up
by Penelope Lively
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
God Bless America
by Steve Almond
The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
Jesus’ Son
by Denis Johnson
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
by Grace Paley
An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel
The Photograph
by Penelope Lively
Prosper in Love by Deborah Michel
Dressed for Death by Donna Leon
Life by Keith Richards
The Edge of Maybe by Ericka Lutz
Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner
A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon
Emily, Alone by Stewart O’Nan
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
Ghost Town by Patrick McGrath
Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon (Ruth Rendell no longer sits alone on my murder mystery shelf)

2011:
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Death and Judgement by Donna Leon
The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe
Caribou Island by David Vann (what an ending.  wow.  that takes guts.)
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell
Northwest Corner
by John Burnham Schwartz
In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
Madame Bovary
(Lydia Davis translation) by Gustave Flaubert
Jamesland
by Michelle Huneven
Blame
by Michelle Huneven
Lies of the Saints
by Erin McGraw
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
To Fear a
Painted Devil by Ruth Rendell
Given
(poems) by Wallace Berry
Magnificat
(poems) by Marilyn Nelson Waniek
The Face of Trespass
by Ruth Rendell (the only mystery writer I can read; I love her)
A Demon in My View by Ruth Rendell

Yes, I did read books between 2003 & 2011; just haven’t transcribed them all here yet.

2003:
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Human Stain by Philip Roth (while on residency at VCCA)
On Writing by Stephen King
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Ploughshares spring 2002 issue, cover to cover, mostly in the Lynchburg, VA, Amtrak station waiting for the delayed train to New York
Story collection (Stories? Collected Stories?) by Richard Bausch
Stories by Richard Yates
Summer fiction issue — The New Yorker — excellent memoir excerpts by Alice Munro and Donald Antrim; especially liked short story by Grace Paley)
The Tattered Cloak and Other Stories by Nina Berberova
Women in Their Beds by Gina Berriault
Ha Jin stories
Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot (poetry)

2002:
War & Peace
(at VCCA)
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro (at VCCA)
Austerlitz by W.G. Sebald (at VCCA)
Marie Antionette by Antonia Fraser (at VCCA; thank you, VCCA)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (on my father’s couch while suffering from depression; thank you, Dad)
Atonement by Ian McEwan  LOVED THIS
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. Read this one while on a cycling trip of the Southwest.  Recall reading it under the pines at the Bryce camping ground, and in a super-comfy leather reading chair at the lodge on the edge of the Grand Canyon

2001:
Another World
by Pat Barker
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Afterwards
by Gina Berriault
Border Crossing by Pat Barker
Snow Mountain Passage by James Houston
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
Slouching Towards Bethlehem & The White Album (again) by Joan Didion
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by David Eggers
An Italian Affair by Laura Fraser
Girl With Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Codeine Diary by Tom Andrews

issues of Ploughshares

2000:
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Undaunted Courage
by Stephen Ambrose (every now & again, nonfiction sneaks in)
Girl,
Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
Plainsong
by Kent Haruf — LOVED this
The Comfort of Strangers
by Ian McEwan — I can still feel the chill in the airport waiting lounge where I read this as it turned REALLY dark.  A master at work.
Room with a View
(again) by E. M. Forster
She’s Come Undone
by Wally Lamb
Daisy Miller
by Henry James
The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
The Aspern Papers by
Henry James
A Home at the End of the World
by Michael Cunningham
Lying Awake
by Mark Salzman
Experience
by Martin Amis
Fierce Attachments
by Vivian Gornick (right after my mother died)
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith
Adam, One Afternoon
by Italo Calvino
Feast of
Love by Charles Baxter
Gravity of
Sunlight by Rosa Shand

1999:
“Sexy” by Jhumpa Lahiri New Yorker 12/28/98-1/4/99 :  Was this the first I read of her?
The Hours
by Michael Cunningham
Beloved
(again) by Toni Morrison
Approaching Eye
Level by Vivian Gornick
Lolita
by Vladimir Nabokov
Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison — blew me away

1998:

“Night Vision” by Amy Bloom in The New Yorker 2/16/98 – phenomenal story

Great William Trevor story in 3/9/98 New Yorker in which an Anglican rector (would he say “vicar”?) is visited by a Catholic priest

The March 1998 Harper’s excerpted Tony Earley’s memoir, which made good use of weaving the personal into the “trival.”  TV episodes anchor family drama.  Deadpan and very effective.  “We watched Little Rascals on Channel 4.  Dad moved out.”

3/23/98 The New Yorker, “An Old Affair”:  Only Updike could get away with “doubly drenched” for sweat & semen.  Also this lovely ending:  “The woman he did see, stepping naked toward him across a sun-soaked carpet, was the one who, as long as he loved her, he must hate.”

Underworld by Don De Lillo.  Nick on his mother’s death:  “She is part of me now, total and consoling. And it is not a sadness to acknowledge that she had to die before I could know her fully.  It is only a statement of the power of what comes after.”  WOW.

Light Years by James Salter.  Are people really named Viri & Nedra?

Plains Song by Wright Morris — gorgeous telling, gorgeous showing.  “When Sharon had left the farm to live in Lincoln, she had emerged from an oppression so habitual she had hardly suspected its existence.  On returning she sensed her submergence to that lower level of feeling.  As if drowsy with ether, she observed their movements and listened to their voices.”  Then this observation anchored in specific:  “Madge, thick with another child” “reduced Sharon’s capacity to think.”  And how cool, that Morris spoke at my college graduation in 1983…if I’d only taken notes!

Mrs. Bridge by Evan Connell

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