Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Probably Incomplete List of the Literary Books I Read in 2010

And sadly, only one of them was poetry! By this count, I read 22 books of fiction, 15 books of literary non-fiction (essays and memoir), and one book of poems. I reviewed seven of the 38 for outside publications, and liked (more than I didn't like) 29 of them. (Many others I started and did not finish.) I loved seven without reservation, but only one (Happy Baby) which I was charged with reviewing.

My New Year's resolution, then, is to read more poems and fewer essays: to ask more from honey and twilight, as Neruda said.

Without further adieu...

My Life in Heavy Metal, Steve Almond
The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster
Repeat Until Rich, Josh Axelrad
Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
Burning Down the House, Charles Baxter
Arkansas, John Brandon
Standing by Words, Wendell Berry
Bringing It To The Table: Essays on Farming and Food, Wendell Berry
Misconception, Ryan Boudinot
Ablutions, Patrick DeWitt
All-American Poem, Matthew Dickman
Happy Baby, Stephen Elliott
My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up, Stephen Elliott
The Adderall Diaries, Stephen Elliott
The Ticking is the Bomb, Nick Flynn
Hunger, Knut Hamsun
Airships, Barry Hannah
Ray, Barry Hannah
Ill Fares the Land, Tony Judt
Misadventure, Millard Kaufman
The Farewell Party, Milan Kundera
Home Land, Sam Lipsyte
Bluets, Maggie Nelson
Netherland, Joseph O'Neill
Kentucky Straight, Chris Offutt
Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy
The Wilding, Benjamin Percy
In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth
Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
A Common Pornography, Kevin Sampsell
The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead, David Shields
The Death of Conservatism, Sam Tanenhaus
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, Wells Tower
Marry or Burn, Valerie Trueblood
Old School, Tobias Wolff
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Tobias Wolff

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