Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015: Year in Reading

Here are the books I read in 2015. I'm happy to offer thoughts on any of these if you have any questions about them. Most of what's on this list I loved, although a handful of them I found deeply disappointing. (There are also a few I enjoyed but which left no lasting impression.) The last book I anticipate finishing in 2015 is Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women, which is a remarkable book.

Hold the Dark - William Giraldi
The Year of Magical Thinking - Joan Didion
Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
On Immunity - Eula Biss
Glimmerglass - Marly Youmans
This Side of Brightness - Colum McCann
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - Adelle Waldman
Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker - Thomas Kunkel
Hiroshima - John Hersey
On Violence - Hannah Arendt
Spiritual Friendship - Wesley Hill
Herzog - Saul Bellow
Bad Religion - Ross Douthat
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
Radiant Truths - (Ed.) Jeff Sharlet
The Savage Detectives - Roberto Bolaño
Angels - Denis Johnson
Paradox in Chesterton - Hugh Kenner
Virtually Normal - Andrew Sullivan
St. Augustine: A Life - Garry Wills
Unapologetic - Francis Spufford
An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America - Joseph Bottum
Água Viva - Clarice Lispector
For the Living and the Dead - Tomas Tranströmer
The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
2666 - Roberto Bolaño
The Pocket Einstein - John and Mary Gribbin
Excellent Women - Barbara Pym
The Novel: A Biography - Michael Schmidt
Common Ground - Justin Trudeau
The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster
Strength of Conviction - Tom Mulcair
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - David Foster Wallace
Love Undetectable: Notes on Friendship, Sex, and Survival - Andrew Sullivan
Citizen: An American Lyric - Claudia Rankine
The Mechanic Muse - Hugh Kenner
Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil - Hannah Arendt
Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia - Dennis Covington
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America - Randall Balmer
The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake - Breece D'J Pancake
Catholics - Brian Moore
Missing Women, Missing News: Covering Crisis in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside - David Hugill
Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time - Sarah Ruden
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders (reread)
Miss Lonelyhearts - Nathanael West
The Day of the Locust - Nathanael West
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973 - Mark Greif
After Theory - Terry Eagleton ( reread)
Snow White - Donald Barthelme
Against Interpretation and Other Essays - Susan Sontag
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Happiness: Ten Years of n+1 - (Ed.) Keith Gessen, Mark Greif, Chad Harbach et al
MFA Vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction - (Ed.) Chad Harbach
Illuminations - Walter Benjamin
The Enigma of Anger: Essays on a Sometimes Deadly Sin - Garrett Keizer
The Complete Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
Amends - Eve Tushnet