Books Read


1.“Rapt-Attention and the Focused Life” by Winifred Gallagher

2. “How to Not Always Be Working- a toolkit for creativity and radical self-care” by Marlee Grace

3. “Insomnia” by Marina Benjamin

4. “The Dreamers” a novel by Karen Thompson Walker

5. “You Are a Badass-How to Stop Doubting your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero

6. “Lightworker-Understand your Sacred Role as Healer, Guide and Being of Light”by Sahvanna Arienta

7. “Inheritance- A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love” by Dani Shapiro

8. “The Crossroads of Should and Must- Find and Follow your Passion” by Elle Luna

9. “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden” stories by Denis Johnson

10. “The Water Cure” a novel by Sophie MacKintosh

11. “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” a novel by Jan-Philipp Sendker

12. “The Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis

13. “Broken Things” a YA novel by Lauren Oliver

14. “A Happier Hour” a memoir by Rebecca Weller

15. “Era of Ignition- Coming of Age in a Time f Rage and Revolution” by Amber Tamblyn

16. “Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One” a novel by Raphaelle Giordano

17. “Best American Short Stories 2017” edited by Meg Wolitzer

18. “Crudo” a novel by Olivia Laing

19. “Girl Logic {the genius and the absurdity}” by Iliza Shlesinger

20. “Waisted” a novel by Randy Susan Meyers

21. “The Beautiful No and Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation”by Sheri Salata

22. “On Being Human- A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Hard, and Listening Hard” by Jennifer Pastiloff

23. “City of Girls” a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

24. “Lush” a memoir by Kerry Cohen

25.“This Naked Mind- Control Alcohol- Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change your Life” by Annie Grace

26. “Remedies” a novel by Kate Ledger

27. “The She Book” by Tanya Markul

28. “The Lightest Object in the Universe”  a novel by Kimi Eisele

29. “Severance”  novel by Ling Ma

30. “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

31. “More Than Enough- Claiming Space for Who You Are (No matter What They Say)” by Elaine Welterworth

32. “Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo

33. “Women in Sunlight” a novel by Frances Mayes

34. “Boundaries & Protections” by Pixie Lighthorse

35. “Shame is an Ocean I Swim Across” Poems by Mary Lambert

36. “Eleanor Elephant is completely fine” a novel by Gail Honeyman

37. “Fearless After Fifty-How to Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga” by Desiree Rumbaugh and Michelle Marchildon

38.“The Opposite of Loneliness” Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

39. “Future Home of the Living God” a novel by Louise Erdrich

40. “Sober Curious” by Ruby Warrington

41. “Ursula K. LeGuin- Conversations on Writing” by Ursula K. LeGuin with David Naimon

42. “I Remember” by Joe Brainard

43. “Awakening the Spine” by Vanda Scaravelli

44. “The Pursuit of Alice Thrift” a novel by Elinor Lipman

45. “Her Body and Other Parties” stories by Carmen Maria Machado

46. “The Testaments” a novel by Margaret Atwood

47. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl

48. “The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida

49. “Mrs. Fetcher” a novel by Tom Perotta

50. “Keep It Moving- Lessons for the Rest of Your Life” by Twyla Tharp

51. “The Last Book Party” novel by Karen Dukess

52. “They Said She Was Crazy” a novel by Kristine E. Brickey

53. “Let’s Call It  Doomsday” a YA novel by Katie Henry

54. “Now You Love Me” fiction by Liesel Litzenberger

55. “Where to Begin” by Cleo Wade

56. “Tell Me More-Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say” by Kelly Corrigan

57. “Women Who Run With the Wolves” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.


1. “The Year of Less- How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy in a store” by Cait Flanders

2. “Behold the Dreamers” a novel by Imbolo Mbue

3. “My Friend Fear- Finding Magic in the Unknown” by Meera Lee Patel

4. “Bluets” by Maggie Nelson

5. “A Selfie as Big as the Ritz” stories by Lara Williams

6. “An American Marriage” a novel by Tayari Jones

7. “Big Love- The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart” by Scott Stabile

8. “The Body is Not an Apology- The Power of Radical Self-Love” by Sonya ReneeTaylor

9. “Barbara the Slut and Other People” stories by Lauren Holmes

10. “Half Wild” stories by Robin Mac Arthur

11. “The Possibilities” a novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

12. “This Messy Magnificent Life” by Geneen Roth

13. “The Rules of Inheritance” a memoir by Claire Bidwell Smith

14. “If We Had Known” a novel by Elise Juska

15. “Her” a memoir by Christa Parravani

16. “Silence in the Age of Noise” by Erling Kagge

17. “Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home” a memoir by Natalie Goldberg

18. “Middlesex” a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides

19. “Days of Awe” stories by A.M. Homes

20. “Vox” a novel by Christina Dalcher

21. “The Slippery Year- A Meditation on Happily Ever After” a memoir by Melanie Gideon

22. “Waking Up in Winter- In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife” by Cheryl Richardson 

23. “Journal of a Solitude-The intimate diary of a year in the life of a creative woman” by May Sarton

24. “I’d Rather Be Reading-The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life” by Anne Bogel

25. “Miss Portland” novel by David Ebenbach

26. “Inadvertent” by Karl Ove Knausguaard

27. “Good and Mad-The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” by Rebecca Traister

28. “Made by Mary” a novel by Laura Catherine Brown

29. “Almost Everything-Notes on Hope” by Anne Lamott

30. “Shrill” by Lindy West

31. “His Favorites”  novel by Kate Walbert

32. “When Breath Becomes Air” a memoir by Paul Kalanithi

33. “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

34. “Hazards of Time Travel” a novel by Joyce Carol Oates


1.“Talking As Fast As I Can” a memoir by Lauren Graham

2. “Someday, Someday. Maybe” a novel by Lauren Graham

3. “The Hidden Messages in Water” by Maseru Emoto

4. “The Underground Railroad” a novel by Colson Whitehead

5. “Hungry Heart- Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing” by Jennifer Weiner

6. “The Alchemist” a novel by Paulo Coehlo”

7. “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert (reread)

8. “Commonwealth” a novel by Ann Patchett

9. “Ongoingness- The End of a Diary” by Sarah Manguso

10. “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichieh

11. “Mr. Ives’ Christmas” a novel by Oscar Hijuelos

12. “Love Warrior” a memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton

13. “The Exquisite Risk- Daring to Live an Authentic Life” by Mark Nepo

14. “The Lifeboat” a novel by Charlotte Rogan

15. “Milk and Honey” by Rupi Kauer

16. “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth”  a novel by Lindsey Lee Johnson

17. “Ill Will” novel by Dan Chaon

18. “Hourglass—Time, Memory, Marriage” by Dani Shapiro

19. “The Middlepause- On Life After Youth” by Marina Benjamin

20. “Marlena” a novel by Julie Buntin

21. “American War” a novel by Omar El Akkad

22. “The Universe Has Your Back- Transform Fear to Faith” by Gabrielle Bernstein

23. “Alice & Oliver” a novel by Charles Bock

24. “The Bright Hour- A Memoir of Living and Dying” by Nina Riggs

25. “The Vacationers” a novel by Emma Straub

26. “The Accomplished Guest” stories by Ann Beattie

27. “Morningstar- Growing Up with Books” by Ann Hood

28. “Walks with Men” fiction by Ann Beattie

29. “Night” by Elie Wiesel

30. “My Name is Lucy Barton” a novel by Elizabeth Strout

31. “Hunger- A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay

32. “We All Looked Up” a YA novel by Tommy Wallbach

33. “Turtles All the way Down” a YA novel by John Green

34. “Teaching People, Not Poses- 12 Principles for Teaching Yoga with Integrity” by Jay Fields

35. “Deep Work- Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

36. “Braving the Wilderness- The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to stand Alone”by Brené Brown

37. “When Women Were Birds- Fifty-four Variation on Voice” by Terry Tempest Williams

38. “Little Fires Everywhere” a novel by Celeste Ng



1.“A Little Life” a novel by Hanya Yanagihara

2. “tiny beautiful things—Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar” by Cheryl Strayed

3. “Twin Study” stories by Stacey Richter

4. “The Untethered Soul- The Journey Beyond Yourself” by Michael A. Singer

5. “Imagine This—Creating the Work You Love” by Maxine Clair

6. “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert (reread)

7. “The Great Spring- Writing, Zen, and this Zigzag Life.” by Natalie Goldberg

8. “Crash Course- essays from where writing and life collide” by Robin Black

9. “The Chronology of Water” by Lidia Yuknavitch

10. “Furiously Happy- A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson

11. “I Don’t Want to, I Don’t Feel Like It—How Resistance Controls your life and What to Do About It” by Cheri Huber & Ashwini Narayanan

12. “The Empathy Exams” essays by Leslie Jamison

13. “Gonzo Girl” a novel by Cheryl Della Pietra

14. “Blackout—Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget” by Sarah Hepola

15. “How To Be Here” by Rob Bell

16. “Carry On, Warrior- The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life” by Glennon Doyle Melton

17. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

18. “The Seventh Book of Wonders” by Julianna Baggott

19. “The Underground Railroad” a novel by Colson Whitehead

20. “Hungry Heart- Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing” by Jennifer Weiner

21. “The Alchemist” a novel by Paulo Coehlo

22. “Commonwealth” a novel by Ann Patchett

23. “Ongoingness- The End of a Diary” by Sarah Manguso

25. “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

26. “Mr. Ives’ Christmas” a novel by Oscar Hijuelos

27. “Love Warrior” a memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton


1.“Yes Please” by Amy Poehler

2. “The Good Sister” a YA novel by Jamie Kain

3. “Descent” a novel by Tim Johnston

4. “The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls”, a novel by Anton DiSclafani

5. “The Dead Lands” a novel by Benjamin Percy

6. “Find Me” a novel by Laura Van den Berg

7. “Single, Carefree, Mellow” stories by Katherine Heiny

8. “Bright Shards of Someplace Else” stories by Monica McFawn

9. “The Last Days of California” a novel by Mary Miller

10. “One Step Too Far” a novel by Tina Seskis

11. “What Comes Next and How to Like It” a memoir by Abigail Thomas

12. “The Borrower” a novel by Rebecca Makkai

13. The Journal Keeper, A Memoir by Phyllis Theroux

14. “Summerlong” a novel by Dean Bakopoulos

15. “Bark” stories by Lorrie Moore

16. “Among the Ten Thousand Things” a novel by Julia Pierpont

17. “The Residence- Inside the Private World of The White House” by Kate Andersen Brower

18. “another day” a YA novel by David Levithan

19. “The Heart Goes Last” a novel by Margaret Atwood

20. “Everything I Never Told You” a novel by Celeste Ng

21. “The State We’re In” stories by Ann Beattie

22. “Big Magic- Creative Living Beyond Fear” by Elizabeth Gilbert

23. “Year of Yes- How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and be Your Own Person” by Shonda Rhimes

24. “Better Than before- Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives” by Gretchen Rubin


1. “The Obituary Writer” a novel by Ann Hood

2. “The Round House” a novel by Louise Erdrich

3. “Cartwheel” a novel by Jennifer duBois

4. “I want to show you more” stories by Jamie Quatro

5. “the impossible knife of memory” a YA novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

6. “The Isle of Youth” stories by Laura van den Berg

7. “When We Woke” a YA novel by Karen Healey

8. “The Signature of All Things” a novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

9. “Show your Work- 10 Ways to share Your Creativity and Get Discovered” by Austin Kleon

10. “Steal Like an Artist- 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” by Austin Kleon

11. “A Story Larger Than My Own- Women Writers Look Back on their Lives and Careers.” Edited by Janet Burroway

12. “Life Drawing” a novel by Robin Black

13. “Drunk Mom” a memoir by Jowita Bydlowska

14. “Stitches- A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair” by Anne Lamott

15. “I Can’t Complain” (all too) personal essays by Elinor Lipman

16. “Ashes to Ashes” a YA novel by Melissa Walker

17. “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” a novel by Maria Semple

18. “Quarantine- book One, The Loners” a YA novel by Lex Thomas

19. “Accidents of Marriage” a novel by Randy Susan Meyers

20. “California” a novel by Edan Lepucki

21. “Men Explain Things to Me” essays by Rebecca Solnit

22. “May I Be happy- A memoir of Love, Yoga, and Changing my Mind” by Cyndi Lee

23. “Afterworlds” a YA novel by Scott Westerfeld

24. “Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me- the Pursuit of happiness, One Celebrity at a Time” by Rachel Bertsche

25. “Rainey Royal” a novel by Dylan Landis

26. “Broken Monsters” a novel by Lauren Beukes

27. “The Shining Girls” a novel by Lauren Beukes

28. “Congratulations, by the way” by George Saunders

29. “The Best American Short Stories- 2014” edited by Jennifer Egan

30. “Signs of Life” a memoir by Natalie Taylor

31. “What We Talk about When We Talk about God” by Rob Bell

32. “Going Om- Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat” edited by Melissa Carroll

33. “Drink- The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol” by Ann Dowsett Johnston


1. “How To Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran

2. “Adaptation” a YA novel by Malinda Lo

3. “The Dog Stars” a novel by Peter Heller

4. “Exactly Where They’d Fall” a novel by Laura Rae Amos

5. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” a YA novel by Stephen Chbosky

6. “The Office of Mercy” a novel by Ariel Djanikian

7. ‘Wave” a memoir by Sonali Deraniyagala

8. “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Pets” a YA novel by Evan Roskos

9. “May We Be Forgiven” a novel by A.M. Homes

10. “The Spectacular Now” a YA novel by Tim Tharp

11. “The Woman Upstairs” a novel by Claire Messud

12. “Nine Inches” stories by Tom Perotta

13. “Love in the Time of Global Warming” a YA novel by Francesca Lia Block

14. “Still Writing- The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life” by Dani Shapiro

15. “Help Thanks Wow- the Three Essential Prayers” by Anne Lamott

16. “Divergent” a YA novel by Veronica Roth

17. “Writing is My Drink- A Writer’s Story of Finding he Voice (and a Guide to How You Can Too) by Theo Pauline Nestor

18. “Tapestry of Fortunes” a novel by Elizabeth Berg

19. “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett


1. “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know- A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness” by Heather Sellers

2. “Blueprints for Building Better Girls” by Elissa Schappell

“The Future of Us” a YA novel by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

4. “Triangles” a novel by Ellen Hopkins

5. “The Eleventh Plague” a YA novel by Jeff Hirsch

6. “We the Animals” a novel by Justin Torres

7. “The Little Book” a novel by Shelden Edwards

8. “When She Woke” a dystopian novel by Hillary Jordan

9. “Once Upon a Time, There Was You” a novel by Elizabeth Berg

10. “How to Save a Life” a YA novel by Sara Zarr

11. “Stay Awake” stories by Dan Chaon

12. “Clean” a YA novel by Amy Reed

13. “The Hunger Games” a YA novel by Suzanne Collins

14. “Pandemonium” a YA novel by Lauren Oliver

15. “Catching Fire” a YA novel by Suzanne Collins

16. “Mockingjay” a YA novel by Suzanne Collins

17. “There is No Dog” a YA novel by Meg Rosoff

18. “Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self” stories by Danielle Evans

19. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” (A Mostly True Memoir)” by Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess

20. 11/22/63 a novel by Stephen King

21. “Imaginary Girls” a YA novel by Nova Ren Suma

22. “MWF Seeking BFF- My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend” by Rachel Bertsche

23. “Memoirs of a Muse” a novel by Lara Vapnyar

24. “The Fault in Our Stars”  a YA novel by John Green

25. “Hint Fiction” edited by Robert Swartwood

26. “The Age of Miracles” a novel by Karen Thompson Walker

27. “The Lost Wife” a novel by Alyson Richman

28.  “Tin House Summer Reading” volume 13, Number 4

29.  “The Catastrophic History of You and Me” a YA novel by Jess Rothenberg

30. “Of Mice and Men” a novel by John Steinbeck

31. “Other People We Married” stories by Emma Straub

32.  “When You think You’re Not Enough” by Daphne Rose Kingma

33. “Boys and Girls Like You and Me” stories by Aryn Kyle

34. “Drifting House” stories by Krys Lee

35. “Dead to You” a YA novel by Lisa McMann

36. “Why We Broke Up” a YA novel by Daniel handler and illustrated by Maira Kalman

37. “Signs and Wonders” stories by Alix Ohlin

38. “When It Happens to You” a novel in stories by Molly Ringwald

39. “The Lakeshore Unlimited” a novel by Sue Miller

40. “The Pen/O.Henry Prize Stories, The Best Stories of the Year, 2009”editd by Laura Furman

41. “The Gifts of Imperfection- Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” by Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W.

42. “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” a novel by Lisa See

43. “You Came Back” a novel by Christopher Coake

44. “every day” a YA novel by David Levithan

45. “The Trial of Fallen Angels” a novel by James Kimmel, Jr.

46. “The Newlyweds”  a novel by Nell Freudenberger

47. “The Opposite of Hallelujah” a YA novel by Anna Jarzab

48. “Revived” a YA novel by Cat Patrick

49.  “Fingerprints of You” a YA novel by Kristen-Paige Madonia

50. “Wife 22” a novel by Melanie Gideon

51. “Ask the Passengers” a YA novel by A.S. King

52. “Thrive- Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way” by Dan Buettner


1. “Breaking Her Fall” a novel by Stephen Goodwin

2. “Touchy Subjects” stories by Emma Donoghue

3. “Bad Marie” a novel by Marcy Dermansky

4. “Peace and Plenty- Finding Your Path to Financial Serenity” by Sarah Ban Breathnach

5. “Corpus Christie” stories by Bret Anthony Johnston

6. “Unless It Moves the Human Heart- The Craft and Art of Writing” by Roger Rosenblatt

7. “The Laws of Evening” stories by Mary Yukari Waters

8. “About Alice” by Calvin Trillin

9. “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua

10. “More of This World or Maybe Another” stories by Barb Johnson

11. “The Book Thief” a YA novel by Mark Zusak

12. “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin

13. “The Life You’ve Imagined” a novel by Kristina Riggle

14. “No One Would Listen – A True Financial Thriller” by Harry Markoplpos

15. “A Widow’s Story” a memoir by Joyce Carol Oates

16. “Some Girls Are” a YA novel by Courtney Summers

17. “Shadow Tag” a novel by Louise Erdrich

18. “Feathered” a YA novel by Laura Kasischke

19. “Decoded” by Jay-Z

20. “Once Was Lost” a YA novel by Sara Zarr

21. “The Rules of Survival” a YA novel by Nancy Werlin

22.  “Lost and Found- Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money” by Geneen Roth

23.  “Room” a novel by Emma Donoghue

24. “Delerium” a YA novel by Lauren Oliver

25. “Husband and Wife” a novel by Leah Stewart

26.  “The Illumination” a novel by Kevin Brockmeier

27.  “Little Bee” a novel by Chris Cleave

28.  “You Are Free” stories by Danzy Sensa

29.  “Swim Back to Me” stories by Ann Packer

30.  “The Wilding” a novel by Benjamin Percy

31. “Water for Elephants” a novel by Sara Gruen

32. “The Fates Will Find Their Way” a novel by Hannah Pittard

33. “Soft Apocalypse” a novel of the near future by Will McIntosh

34. “Silver Sparrow” a novel by Tayari Jones

35. “If I loved you, I would tell you this” stories by Robin Black

36. “Half a Life” a memoir by Darin Strauss

37. “The Name of the World” a novel by Denis Johnson

38. “Seductress- Women who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love” by Betsy Prioleau

39. “Poser- my life in twetny-three yoga poses” by Claire Dederer

40. “Side Effects” a YA novel by Amy Goldman Koss

41.  “Bound” a novel by Antonya Nelson

42. “After” a YA novel by Amy Efaw

43. “Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth” a novel by Donna M. Gershon

44.  “Twenty Thirty- The Real Story of What Happens to America” a novel by Albert Brooks

45.  “The Journal Keeper” a memoir by Phyllis Theroux

46. “Healer” a novel by Carol Cassella

47. “My Stroke of Insight- A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey” by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

48. “The Architecture of the Novel” by Jane Vandenburgh

49. “I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections” by Nora Ephron

50. “The Emperor’s Children” a novel by Claire Messud

51. “I Knew You’d Be Lovely” stories by Alethea Black

52. “Bill Moyers Journal- the Conversation Continues” by Bill Moyers

53. “Neighborhood Watch” a novel by Cammie McGovern

54. “Where She Went” a YA novel by Gayle Foreman

55. “The Twelfth Insight” a novel by James Redfield

56. “The Uncoupling” a novel by Meg Wolitzer

57. “One Hundred Names for Love- A Stroke, A Marriage, and the Language of Healing” by Diane Ackerman

58.  “This Beautiful Life” a novel by Helen Schulman

59. “Fiction Ruined My Family” a memoir by Jeanne Darst

60. “The Leftovers” a novel by Tom Perrotta

61. “In Zanesville” a novel by Jo Ann Beard

62. “Paper Covers Rock” a YA novel by Jenny Hubbard

63. “Long Drive Home” a novel by Will Allison

64. “Forgotten” a YA novel by Cat Patrick

65. “Displacement” a YA novel by Thalia Chaltas

66. “Jumping Off Swings” a YA novel by Jo Knowles

67. “Turn- The Journal of an Artist” by Anne Truitt

68. “All These things I’ve Done” a YA novel by Gabrielle Zevin

69.  “History of a Suicide – My Sister’s unfinished Life” a memoir by Jill Bialosky

70. “Turn of Mind” a novel by Alice LaPlante

71. “What Alice Forgot” a novel by Liane Moriarty

72. “State of Wonder” a novel by Ann Patchett

73. “My American Unhappiness” a novel by Dean Bakapolous

74. “The Secret Lives of Wives- Women Share What it Really Takes to Stay Married” by Iris Krasnow


1.“Await Your Reply” a novel by Dan Chaon

2. “Still Alice” a novel by Lisa Genova

3. “I’m So Happy For You” a novel by Lucinda Rosenfeld

4. “Triangle” a novel by Katherine Weber

5. “When Wanderers Cease to Roam” A Traveler’s Journal by Vivian Swift

6. “The Hour I First Believed” a novel by Wally Lamb

7. “Lit” a memoir by Mary Karr

8. “Columbine” nonfiction by Dave Cullen

9. “Ron Carlson Writes a Story” by Ron Carlson

10. “The Year of the Flood” a novel by Margaret Atwood

11. “The Hole We’re In” a novel by Gabrielle Zevin

12. “The Three Weissmanns of Westport” a novel by Cathleen Schein

13. “Where the God of Love Hangs Out” fiction by Amy Bloom

14. “Sum- forty tales from the afterlives” by David Eagleman

15. “Committed- A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage” by Elizabeth Gilbert

16. “The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo” a novel by Darrin Doyle

17. “The Things That Keep Us Here” a novel by Carla Buckley

18. “Model Home” a novel by Eric Puchner

19. “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” a novel by Rebecca Miller

20. “Daddy Needs a Drink- An Irreverent Look at Parenting From a Dad Who Truly Loves His Kids—Even When They’re driving Him Nuts” by Robert Wilder

21. “Manhood for Amateurs- The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son” by Michael Chabon

22. “We Need to talk about Kevin” a novel by Lionel Shriver

23. “Women Food and God- An Unexpected path to Almost Everything” by Geneen Roth

24. “American Short Fiction” literary journal, Spring 2010

25. “This World We live In” a YA novel by Susan Beth Pfeffer

26. “Imperfect Birds” a novel by Anne Lamott

27. “An American Wife” a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

28. “Mathilda Savitch” a novel by Victor Lodato

29. “Her Fearful Symmetry” a novel by Audrey Niffenegger

30. “Self Storage” a novel by Gayle Brandeis

31. “Too Much Happiness” stories by Alice Munro

32. “Loose Girl- a memoir of promiscuity” by Kerry Cohen

33. “Mentor” a memoir by Tom Grimes

34. “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” a novel by Aimee Bender

35. “Hillbilly Gothic- A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood” by Adrienne Martini

36. “Palm Latitudes” a novel by Kate Braverman

37. “My Hollywood” a novel by Mona Simpson

38. “Elegies for the Brokenhearted” a novel by Christine Hodgen

39. “Thirteen Reasons Why” a YA novel by Jay Asher

40. “The Creative Life” by Julia Cameron

41. “Freedom” a novel by Jonathan Franzen

42. “A Visit from the Goon Squad” a novel by Jennifer Egan

43. “How to Be Alone” essays by Jonathan Franzen

44. “How to Buy a Love of Reading” a novel by Tanya Egan Gibson

45. “Notes from the Edge Times” essays by Daniel Pinchbeck

46. “Vanishing and Other Stories” stories by Deborah Willis

47. “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned” stories by Wells Tower

48. “War Dances” short stories by Sherman Alexie

49. “Matched” YA novel by Ally Condle

50. “The Middle Place” a memoir by Kelly Corrigan

51. “Refresh, Refresh” stories by Benjamin Percy


1. “Goldengrove” a novel by Francine Prose

2. “The Heroines” a novel by Eileen Favorite

3. “The Beautiful Miscellaneous” a novel by Dominic Smith

4. “Best American Short Stories 2008” edited by Salman Rushdie

5. “Cost” a novel by Roxana Robinson

6. “A Cold Day in Paradise” a novel by Steve Hamilton

7. “The Heretic’s Daughter” a novel by Kathleen Kent

8. “72 Hour Hold” a novel by Bebe Moore Campbell

9. “The Suicide Index- Putting My Father’s Death In Order” a memoir by Joan Wickersham

10. “Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes” short stories by Merrill Feitell

11. “An Abundance of Katherines” a YA novel by John Green

12. “Blue Jasmine” a YA novel by Kashmira Sheth

13. “Looking for Alaska” a YA novel by John Green

14. “A Mercy” a novel by Toni Morrison

15. “The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted and Other Small Acts of Liberation” stories by Elizabeth Berg

16. “The Man of My Dreams” a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld

17. “Now You See Him” a novel by Eli Gottlieb

18. “Zen in the Art of Writing” by Ray Bradbury

20. “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” a memoir by Haruki Murakami

21. “No On You Know” a novel by Michelle Richmond

22. “Time of My Life” a novel by Allison Winn Scotch

23. “The Echo Maker” a novel by Richard Powers

24. “An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination” a memoir by Elizabeth McCracken

25. “Falling Man” a novel by Don DeLillo

26. “Why I’m Like This” true stories by Cynthia Kaplan

27. “If I Stay” a YA novel by Gayle Forman

28. “Matrimony” a novel by Joshua Henkin

29. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” a novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

30. “The Wednesday Sisters” a novel by Meg Waite Clayton

31. “Real Life & Liars” a novel by Kristina Riggle

32. “Florida” a novel by Christine Schutt

32. “Next Thing on My List” a novel by Jill Smilinski

33. “Do Not Deny Me” stories by Jean Thompson

34. “The Angel’s Game” a novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafrón

35. “Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It” stories by Maile Meloy

36. “Certain Girls” a novel by Jennifer Weiner

37. “The Slippery Year- A Meditation on Happily Ever After” a memoir by Melanie Gideon

38. “Home Safe: a novel by Elizabeth Berg

39. “The Lair’s Club” a memoir by Mary Karr

40. “My Stroke of Insight- a Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey” by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

41. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” a novel by John Irving

42. “Paper Towns” a YA novel by John Green

43. “The Glen Rock Book of the Dead” a memoir by Marion winik

44. “Miles from Nowhere” a YA novel by Nami Mun

45. “Livability” stories by Jon Raymond

46. “Normal People Don’t Live Like This” a novel in stories by Dylan Landis

47. “Waiting To Surface” a novel by Emily Listfield

48. “In a Perfect World” a novel by Laura Kasischke

49. “The Wishing Box” a novel by Dashka Slater

50. “The Glass Castle” a memoir by Jeannette Walls

51. “Blame” a novel by Michelle Huneven

52. “The Bright Forever” a novel by Lee Martin

53.”Going Away Shoes” short stories by Jill McCorkle

54. “Nothing Right” short stories by Antonya Nelson

55. “Bad Mother- A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace” by Ayelet Waldman

56. “April & Oliver” a novel by Tess Callahan

57. “Ask for a Convertible” stories by Danit Brown

58. “The Joy of Funerals” a novel in stories by Alix Strauss

59. “Stop That Girl” stories by Elizabeth McKenzie

60. “Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper” by Sark

61. “29 Gifts” by Cami Walker


1. “You’re Not You” by Michelle Wildgen

2. “Paint It Black” by Janet Fitch

3. “Fairest” by Gail Carson Levine (Mother/Daughter Book Club)

4. “Cell” by Stephen King

5. “Embers” by Sandor Marai

6. “Divisadero” by Michael Ondaatje

7. “Her Last Death” by Susanna Sonnenberg

8. “The Ghost of Cutler Creek” by Cynthia DeFelice (Mother/Daughter Book Club)

9. “Bang Crunch” stories by Neil Smith

10. “Rabbit Punches” stories by Jason Ockert

11. “The Soul Thief” by Charles Baxter

12. “What You Have Left” by Will Allison

13. “The Pesthouse” by Jim Crace

14. “Exit Ghost” by Philip Roth

15. “Candy Girl” by Diablo Cody

16. “The Best Day the Worst day” by Donald Hall

17. “My Lost and Found Life” by Medodie Bowsher

18. “The End of the World As We Know It” by Robert Goolrick

19. “Write is a Verb” by Bill O’Hanlon

20. “The Liar’s Diary” by Patry Francis

21. “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy

22. “Wintering- A Novel of Sylvia Plath” by Kate Moses

23. “The Last Chicken in America” a novel in stories by Ellen Litman

24. “Olive Kitteridge” a novel in stories by Elizabeth Strout

25. “The Fiction Class” a novel by Susan Breen

25. “The Book of Dahlia” a novel by Elisa Albert

26. “World Made By Hand” a novel by James Howard Kunstler

27. “Up High in the Trees” a novel by Kiara Brinkman

28. “The Mind of Your Story: Discover What Drives your Fiction” by Lisa Lenard-Cook

29. “Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave” edited by Ellen Sussman

30. “Ron Carlson Writes a Story” by Ron Carlson (re-read)

31. “So B. It” young adult novel by Sarah Weeks (Mother/Daughter book club)

32. “Unaccustomed Earth” stories by Jhumpa Lahiri

33. “The Untelling” a novel by Tayari Jones

34. “God is Dead” fiction by Ron Currie, Jr.

35. “Red Ant House” stories by Ann Cummins

36. “The Dead and the Gone” Susan Beth Pfeffer

37. “A Peculiar Grace” a novel by Jeffrey Lent

38. “Dancing After Hours” stories by Andre Dubus

39. “Stop that Girl” fiction by Elizabeth McKenzie

40. “Comfort- A Journey Through Grief” a memoir by Ann Hood

41. “Georgia Under Water” stories by Heather Sellers

42. “How the Light Gets In” a novel by M.J. Hyland

43. “The Doctor’s Daughter” a novel by Hilma Wolitzer

44. “Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper” by Sark

45. “The Diamond of Darkhold” a novel by Jeanne duPrau

46. “Ms. Hempel Chronicles” a novel by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

47. “The Abstinence Teacher” a novel by Tom Perotta

48. “Keeping Score” a young adult novel by Linda Sue Park

49. “The Boat” stories by Nam Lee

50. “The Ten Year Nap” a novel by Meg Wolitzer (her mother wrote #43 on my list)

51. “The Cry of the Dove” a novel by Fadia Faqir

52. “The Story of Forgetting” a novel by Stefan Merrill Block

53. “Man in the Dark” a novel by Paul Auster

54. “Not Buying It- My Year Without Shopping” by Judith Levine

55. “Prescription for a Superior Existence” a novel by Josh Emmons

56. “More Than It Hurts You” a novel by Darin Strauss

57. “Breakfast of Champions” a novel by Kurt Vonnegut

58. “Iodine” a novel by Haven kimmel

59. “The Sory of Edgar Sawtelle” a novel by David Wroblewski

60. “The Penderwicks on Gardam Street” a YA novel by Jeanne Birdsall

61. “The Year of Fog” a novel by Michelle Richmond

62. “A Better Angel” stories by Chris Adrian

63. “Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him” a novel by Danielle Ganek


1. “The Principles of Uncertainty” by Maira Kalman

2. “A Student of Living Things” by Susan Richards Shreve

3. “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory

4. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

5. “No One Belongs here More Than You” by Miranda July

6. “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

7. “The Big Girls” by Susanna Moore

8. “Reservation Road” by John Burnham Schwartz

9. “On Chesil Beach” by Ian McEwan

10. “The Feast of Love” by Charles Baxter

11. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

12. “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen

13. “Ron Carlson Writes a Story” by Ron Carlson

14. “elsewhere” by Gabrielle Zevin

15. “Promise Not to Tell” by Jennifer McMahon

16. “Some Fun” by Antonya Nelson

17. “Beach Music” by Pat Conroy

18. “Practically Perfect in Every Way- My Misadventures Through the World of Self-Help and Back” by Jennifer Niesslein

19. “Throw Like a Girl” by Jean Thompson

20. “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” by Marisha Pessl

21. “The Patron Saint of Liars” by Ann Patchett

22. “Rise and Shine” by Anna Quindlen

23. “The Missouri Review” Spring 2007

24. “The Dead Fish Museum” by Charles d’Ambrosio

25. “The Secret of Lost Things” by Sheridan Hay

26. “Reading Like a Writer” by Francine Prose

27. “Making a Change for Good” by Cheri Huber

28. “Fabulous Friendship Festival” by Sark

29. “The Knitting Circle” by Ann Hood

30. “The Ghost at the Table” by Suzanne Berne

31. “She Got Up Off the Couch: And Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana” by Haven Kimmel

32. “Skylight Confessions” by Alice Hoffman

33. “Moral Disorder” by Margaret Atwood

34. “Awake in the Dark” by Shira Nayman

35. “Blind Submission” by Debra Ginsberg

36. “This Year You Write Your Novel” by Walter Mosley

37. “Grace Eventually” by Anne Lamott

38. “Happiness Sold Separately” by Lolly Winston

39. “Girls in Peril” by Karen Lee Borden

40. “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult

41. “The Tenth Circle” by Jodi Picoult

42. “A history Lesson for Girls” by Aurelie Sheehan

43. “A Bit on the Side” by William Trevor

44. “Blackbird” by Jennifer Lauck

45. “Happiness” by Will Ferguson

46. “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer

47. “Show Me the way” by Jennifer Lauck

48. “Still Waters” by Jennifer Lauck

49. “The Long Haul” by Amanda Stern

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