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Reading

This list includes the books I read to my daughters before bed.

2019

Doxology, Nell Zink

The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens

The Fisherman, Chigozie Obioma

Homesick for Another World, Ottessa Moshfegh

Confessions of a Crap Artist, Philip K. Dick

Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms, Michelle Tea, Amanda Verwey

Ariel, Sylvia Plath

Philip K. Dick: The Last Interview and Other Conversations, Philip K. Dick, David Streitfeld

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick

Just Kids, Patti Smith

In Our Mad and Furious City, Guy Gunaratne

Shadowbahn, Steve Erickson

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K. Dick

Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin

Convenience Store Woman, Sayaka Muraka

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, Alexander Chee

In Watermelon Sugar, Richard Brautigan

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays, Esmé Weijun Wang

A Time To Scatter Stones, Lawrence Block (I love the New York banter and quirky characters (TJ! Mick Ballou!) in Block’s Matthew Scudder detective novels. This novella is the first one he’s written in years and I have to say it’s kind of for fans only as I’m not sure you’d get much of what’s going on if you didn’t already know the characters. That said, I wish he would have brought the characters into the story rather than just mentioning them (TJ! Mick Ballou!) Block got his start writing lesbian erotica under a pen name and, at 80, the guy’s still got a dirty mind for sure. Hats off to you, Lawrence! Write another one soon and for crying out loud let us know what happened to TJ this time, why don’t you. 😉 )

His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman (just started reading the trilogy to my daughters and I’ll be at it for a while. Over a thousand pages. Yikes!).

Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link

Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan

2018

Martian Time Slip, Philip K. Dick

The Feral Detective, Jonathan Lethem

D’Aulaires Book of Norse Myths (dude, Loki is kind of an asshole 😉 )

The Innocent and Others, Dana Spiotta

Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell

The Isle of Youth, Laura Van Den Berg

Hard Times, Charles Dickens

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

Medea, Euripides

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths (a re-reading to my daughters)

Valencia, Michelle Tea

A Wind in the Door, Madeline L’Engle

A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick

The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben

Valis, Philip K. Dick

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, Philip K. Dick

My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh

Ubik, Philip K. Dick

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris

Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

Doll Bones, Holly Black

The Bet and Other Stories, Anton Chekov

The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor

The Best American Short Stories, chosen by Meg Wolitzer

Ribsy, Beverly Cleary

Swamplandia!, Karen Russell

Civilwarland in Bad Decline, George Saunders

Tenth of December, George Saunders

Tschick, Wolfgang Herrendorf (German original)

Jesus’ Son, Denis Johnson

Get in Trouble, Kelly Link

Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Buddenbrocks, Thomas Mann (German original, chipping away at it)

Mrs. Caliban, Rachel Ingalls

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Roald Dahl

The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg

2017

Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Dissident Gardens, Jonathan Lethem

H is for Hawk, Helen McDonald

Blubber, Judy Blume

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Hard Rain Falling, Don Carpenter

Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists, Jeannine Atkins

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle

And the Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, Philip K Dick

The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories, edited by Theodore W. Goossen

The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery

The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder

Ramona and Her Father, Beverly Cleary

The Best American Short Stories, chosen by Junot Díaz

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

The Donkey Prince, M. Jean Craig

Beezus and Ramona, Beverly Cleary

The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden

Chester Cricket’s New Home, George Selden

Patience, Daniel Clowes

Orfeo, Richard Powers