Books Read 2011

January 2011:

  1. Three Cups of Tea – Greg Morteson, 192 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  2. Intrusions – Ursula Hegi, 288 pages. (paperback) REVIEW 
  3. Alice I Have Been – Melanie Benjamin, 345 pages. (paperback) REVIEW

February 2011:

  1. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield, 406 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  2. Lark and Termite – Jayne Anne Phillips, 254 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  3. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink, 218 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  4. The History of Love – Nicole Krauss, 260 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  5. On Beauty – Zadie Smith, 450 pages. (paperback) REVIEW

March 2011:

  1. Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman, 256 pages (paperback) REVIEW
  2. Walks with Men – Ann Beattie, 80 pages (hardcover) REVIEW
  3. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer, 326 pages.  (paperback) REVIEW
  4. The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Canongate Myths #1), 192 pages. (hardcover)
  5. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult, 455 pages.  (paperback) REVIEW
  6. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier – Ann Packer, 432 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  7. Truth and Beauty: A Friendship – Ann Patchett, 257 pages. (paperback) REVIEW

April 2011:

  1. Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer, 341 pages.   (hardcover) REVIEW
  2. Hector and the Search for Happiness – François Lelord, Lorenza Garcia, 134 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  3. I am an Emotional Creature – Eve Ensler, 176 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  4. An Object of Beauty – Steve Martin, 292 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  5. The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan, 211 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  6. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer, 276 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  7. Looking for Alaska – John Green, 221 pages.  (hardcover) REVIEW
  8. The Adults – Alison Espach, 307 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  9. Red House – Sarah Messer, 390 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  10. Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin, 322 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  11. Durable Goods – Elizabeth Berg, 224 pages. (paperback) REVIEW

May 2011:

  1. Telephone Ringing in the Labyrinth (Poems 2004-2006)– Adrienne Rich, 112 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  2. The Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier, 240 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  3. Goldengrove – Francine Prose, 275 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  4. Who will Run the Frog Hospital? – Lorrie Moore, 160 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  5. The Weird Sisters – Eleanor Brown, 320 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  6. Blue Angel – Francine Prose, 314 pages.  (paperback) REVIEW
  7. Ploughshares Fall 2009 Non-fiction Issue, Edited by Kathryn Harrison, 204 pages. (paperback)
  8. Words for my Daughter (poetry series) – John Balaban, 80 pages. (paperback)
  9. Instructions for Living – Laurie Blauner, 97 pages. (paperback)
  10. The Book of Men: Poems – Dorianne Laux, 80 pages. (hardcover)
  11. Head Off and Split: Poems – Nikky Finney, 80 pages. (hardcover) REVIEW
  12. Faithful Place – Tana French, 400 pages. (hardcover)

June 2011:

  1. Chains (Seeds of America #1) – Laurie Halse Anderson, 316 pages. (paperback)
  2. Love Medicine – Louise Erdrich, 367 pages. (paperback)
  3. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America – Barbara Ehrenreich, 230 pages. (paperback)
  4. Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Rhoda Janzen, 256 pages. (paperback)
  5. The Architect of Flowers – William Lychack, 192 pages. (paperback)
  6. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden, 434 pages. (paperback)
  7. Enough about Love – Herve Le Tellier, 224 pages. (paperback)

July 2011:

  1. Something Blue – Emily Giffin, 338 pages. (paperback)
  2. Flies – Michael Dickman, 81 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  3. One Day – David Nicholls, 437 pages. (paperback)
  4. Domestic Apparition – Meg Tuite, 150 pages. (paperback)
  5. What the Living Do: Poems – Marie Howe, 91 pages. (paperback)
  6. The Kingdom of Ordinary Time – Marie Howe, 96 pages. (paperback)
  7. Baptism of Desire: Poems – Louise Erdrich, 96 pages. (hardcover)
  8. Hunters and Gatherers – Francine Prose, 265 pages. (hardcover)
  9. Baby Proof – Emily Giffin, 340 pages. (hardcover)
  10. The Celibacy Club – Janice Eidus, 199 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  11. Letter to Leonard Cohen – Nancy Hechinger, chapbook. (paperback)
  12. The Country Between Us – Carolyn Forche, 64 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  13. Coffee at Little Angels – Nadine Rose Larter, 188 pages. (e-book) REVIEW
August 2011:
  1. Bee Season – Myla Goldberg, 288 pages. (paperback) REVIEW
  2. A Hymn that Meanders – Maria Nazos, 84 pages. (paperback) Review forthcoming in Raleigh Review.
  3. Bone People – Keri Hulme, 545 pages (paperback). REVIEW
  4. The Swinger Girl:Poems –  Katherine Soniat, 84 pages (e-book).
  5. The Gathering – Anne Enright, 261 pages (paperback). REVIEW
  6. The Book of Lies – Mary Horlock, 368 pages (e-book). REVIEW
  7. Night of the Republic: Poems – Alan Shapiro, 80 pages (e-book). REVIEW
  8. The Zoo in Winter – Polina Barskova, 176 pages (e-book). REVIEW
  9. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb – Melanie Benjamin, 424 pages (hardcover). REVIEW
  10. An Empty Spoon – Sunny Decker, 115 pages (95cent Harper Perennial).
  11. Of Cats and Men – Nina de Gramont, 242 pages (paperback). REVIEW
  12. Smoke – Dorianne Laux, 64 pages (paperback).
  13. The Best American Short Stories of 2011, Geraldine Brooks (guest editor), 320 pages (e-book, galley). REVIEW
  14. Fortune: Poems – Joseph Millar, 64 pages (paperback).
September 2011:
  1. The Back Chamber – Donald Hall, 96 pages (galley). REVIEW
  2. The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros, 110 pages (paperback).
  3. Whatever you Love – Louise Doughty, 376 pages (galley). REVIEW
  4. Blue Rust – Joseph Millar, 79 pages (poetry, paperback). REVIEW
  5. The Nick Adams Stories – Ernest Hemingway, 268 pages (paperback).
  6. Super Sad True Love Story – Gary Shteyngart, 334 pages (paperback).
  7. Isolato – Larissa Szporluk, 55 pages (poems: The Iowa Poetry Prize). REVIEW
  8. Life as a Crossword Puzzle – Noah Falck, 33 pages (Chapbook). REVIEW
  9. Once Upon a Time, There Was You – Elizabeth Berg, 304 pages (galley). REVIEW
  10. Meadowlands – Louise Gluck, 80 pages (poems). REVIEW
  11. Imaginary Logic – Rodney Jones, 96 pages (galley).
  12. Beyond Bullets (A Photo journal of Afghanistan) – Rafal Gerszak, Dawn Hunter, 112 pages (photo journal). REVIEW
  13. Ararat – Louise Gluck, 68 pages (poems).
October 2011:
  1. Mosquito: Poems – Alex Lemon, 80 pages (poems, paperback). REVIEW
  2. No Other Life: Days, Braver Deeds, If he Had – Gary Young & Peter Johnson, 177 pages (poems, paperback). REVIEW
  3. St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: Stories – Karen Russell, 246 pages (hardcover).
  4. The Essential Etheridge Knight – Etheridge Knight, 114 pages (poems, library book). REVIEW
  5. Interior with Sudden Joy – Brenda Shaughnessy, 96 pages (poems, paperback). REVIEW
  6. The Shadow of Sirius (Pulitzer Prize 2009) – W.S. Merwin, 113 pages.
  7. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach, 304 pages (library book).
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood, 311 pages.  (paperback, library book).
  9. Creative NonFiction Issue 42, 75 pages. (magazine, paperback).
  10. Mr. Fox – Helen Oyeyemi, 324 pages. (hardcover, library). REVIEW
  11. The Wellspring – Sharon Olds, 88 pages. (poetry, library).
  12. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me – Edited by Kate Bernheimer, 542 pages. (paperback, B&N). REVIEW
November 2011:
  1. Gulf Coast: Volume 24, Issue 1 – Edited by Ian Stransel, Nick Flynn and Rebecca Wadlinger, 300 pages. (paperback).
  2. Firstborn – Louise Gluck, 55 pages (paperback).
  3. It Chooses You – Miranda July (Photographs by Brigitte Sire), 208 pages (hardcover & perfect). REVIEW
  4. The Best Creative NonFiction (3) – Lee Gutkind (ED). , 272 pages (paperback).
  5. The Faster I walk, The Smaller I am – Kjersti A. Skomsvold, 147 pages (hardcover, B&N Discover)
  6. The House on Marshland – Louise Gluck, 42 pages (paperback).
  7. Descending Figure – Louise Gluck, 48 pages (paperback).
  8. The Triumph of Achilles – Louise Gluck, 72 pages (paperback).
  9. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion, 227 pages (paperback). REVIEW
  10. The Magi – Kevin M. Turner, 257 pages (e-book).  REVIEW
  11. Delicate Edible Birds – Lauren Groff, 303 pages (hardcover, library). REVIEW
  12. The Forgotten Waltz – Anne Enright, 256 pages (hardcover). REVIEW

December 2011:

  1. Poetry Northwest – Volume VI, Issue 2, 40 pages (magazine).
  2. Birds of America – Lorrie Moore, 291 pages (library). REVIEW
  3. Birds of a Lesser Paradise – Megan Mayhew Bergman, 240 pages (galley). REVIEW
  4. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan, 274 pages. (B&N). REVIEW
  5. Sarah Canary – Karen Joy Fowler, 290 pages (Betterworldbooks.com). REVIEW
  6. Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing – Lydia Peelle, 190 pages (stolen from RR loft).
  7. Gathering the Tribes – Carolyn Forche, 74 pages (Betterworldbooks.com)

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