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I am obsessed with books and book lists. Below is an ongoing log of other people's books I've been reading, cover to cover. Some titles directly influence how and what I write and make, while other selections float in a much more indirect way inside my psyche. The list is chronological and does not include books I dip into. I am also always curious about what other people read. If you want to share your list of reads with me, leave it in a message on this site.

2015
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
JFK Assassination Logic: How to Think about Claims of Conspiracy – John McAdams
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabokov
The Women – T.C. Boyle
We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
Many Masks. A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright – Brendan Gill
The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship - Roger Friedland, Harold Zellman
The Lottery and Other Stories - Shirley Jackson
The Magus – John Fowles
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
A Wind in the Door – Madeleine L’Engle
Everything is Illuminated - Jonathon Safran Foer
The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski
Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
Role Models – John Waters
Cruel Shoes – Steve Martin
It Chooses You – Miranda July
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs – Chuck Klosterman

2016
Girl with Curious Hair – David Foster Wallace
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
Anthills of the Savannah – Chinua Achebe
Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lariri
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny – Peter McGraw
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation – Mitch Horowitz
The Sound and The Fury – William Faulkner
Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art – Dominic Molon
Go Tell it on the Mountain – James Baldwin
The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
Underworld – Don DeLillo
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time - Maria Konnikova
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - John Perkins
Jazz – Toni Morrison
Black Notice – Patricia Cornwell
We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Awakening and Selected Stories – Kate Chopin
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner
Just Kids – Patti Smith
M Train – Patti Smith
Mao II – Don DeLillo
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
The Mantle and Other Stories – Nikoli Gogol
Go Ask Alice – Beatrice Sparks
Candide - Voltaire
Our Lady of the Flowers – Jean Genet
The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
Chicago Noir: The Classics, ed. Joe Meno
Bluets – Maggie Nelson
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite – Suki Kim

2017
A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories – Lucia Berlin
Drawing Time, Reading Time – Claire Gilman
Chelsea Girls – Eileen Myles
Every Day is for the Thief – Teju Cole
In the Country – Mia Alvar
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
The Sellout – Paul Beatty
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
10:04 – Ben Lerner
Lost in the City – Edward P. Jones
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race – Jesmyn Ward
Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
The Known World – Edward P. Jones
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters – Julian Barnes
Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
Spies of the Civil War: An Interactive Espionage Adventure – Michael Burgan
River City Secrets – Lana Krumwiede
Haunted Richmond: The Shadows of Shockoe – Scott Bergman
True Richmond Stories – Harry Kollatz
Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy
Dept. Of Speculation – Jenny Offill
The Strange Library – Haruki Murakami
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Richmond Macabre: Nightmares from the River City – Beth Brown
Open City – Teju Cole
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh







Other People's Books
2017