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Reading List – 2016

6 Jan

Busy 2016. Less reading.

Reading List – 2016

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Good mystery novel. Also a movie)
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (Excellent novel on African-American lives.Pulitzer prize winner. Also a movie.)
  3. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis (Very funny and incisive, Michael Lewis’ take on Wall Street in the 1980s)
  4. Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni (Good book on the college-admissions craziness)
  5. The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I by Barbara L. Tuchman (Too detailed. Makes it unreadable. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  6. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson (Good novel. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  7. Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of To Kill a Mockingbird by Mary McDonagh Murphy (Good book with real-life information about the characters in the original book)
  8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Too long, too much wordplay. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  9. Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton (A well-researched history lesson on Harriet Tubman)
  10. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (The best father in the world turns racist. Shocking. Nowhere near To Kill a Mockingbird)
  11. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (6 pages worth of story, told in 600 pages. Too much wordplay. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  12. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Good novel set in post Vietnam era. Pulitzer prize winner  )
  13. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (A moving story of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world. Pulitzer prize winner. Also a movie.)
  14. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (A decent book. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  15. Tinkers by Paul Harding (An ok, below average, book. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  16. Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism–From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond by E.J. Dionne Jr. (A great account of why and when the right went radical.)
  17. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down (book 11) by Jeff Kinney (A typical wimpy kid book.)
  18. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
  19. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (A beautiful collection of stories with intersecting lives. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  20. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (A collection of emotional stories. Pulitzer prize winner.)
  21. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Reading List – 2015