My 2014 Reading List

At the request of many of my blog readers who are looking for book recommendations, I am posting a list of books that I read in 2014. They are in descending order, beginning with January and ending in December. Many of the readings are connected with the classes that I teach and the book clubs that I am involved with, as well as my interest in the Man Booker Prize competition.

My Beloved Life– Sonia Sotomayor

The Cliff Dwellers– Henry Blake Fuller

Identical –Scott Turow

Dear Life  -Alice Munro

The Temple of Air- Patricia Ann McNair

The Brooklyn Follies– Paul Auster

You Know Me Al- Ring Lardner

Mission to Paris-Alan Furst

Little Failure-Gary Shteyngart

Gypsy Music Street-Roberta Dietzen

Here and Now-J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster

Little Known Facts-Christine Sneed

Destiny of the Republic-Candice Millard

The Pitcher-William Hazelgrove

A Petrakis Reader-Harry Mark Petrakis

The Goldfinch– Donna Tartt

A Dream of Kings-Harry Mark Petrakis

Richard Wright: A Biography: Hazel Rowley

Ben Hecht: The Man and the Legend-William MacAdams

The Old Bunch-Meyer Levin

1001 Afternoons in Chicago-Ben Hecht

The Coast of Chicago-Stuart Dybek

So Big-Edna Ferber

One More Time– Mike Royko

Stories of Chicago-George Ade

Can’t and Won’t-Lydia Davis

The New Jim Crow-Michelle Alexander

A Child of the Century-Ben Hecht

The Blazing World-Siri Hustvedt

History of the Rain-Niall Williams

Orfeo-Richard Powers

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves-Karen Joy Fowler

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour-Joshua Ferris

Once We Were Brothers-Ronald Balson

Shall We Not Revenge-J.M. Pirrone

The Narrow Road to the Deep North-Richard Flanagan

Maude Martha-Gwendolyn Brooks

The River of Doubt-Candice Millard

“J”-Howard Jacobson

How to be Both-Ali Smith

The Lives of Others– Neel Mukherjee

After Visiting Friends-Michael Hainey

Americanah-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Children Act-Ian McEwan

The Twirler-Lester Mehlman

Fred Astaire-Joseph Epstein

Diversey– MacKinley Kantor

Critical Mass-Sara Paretsky

Locked Down, Locked Out-Maya Schenwar

The Adventures of Augie March-Saul Bellow

Humboldt’s Gift-Saul Bellow

Mr. Sammler’s Planet-Saul Bellow

Herzog-Saul Bellow