Book Reviews: Books I’ve Read (2012-2015)

Books I Read in 2015
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1. Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, by Billy Collins
2. West of Sunset, by Stewart O’Nan
3. The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride
4. Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke
5. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
6. If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, Stories by Dave Housley
7. The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
8. Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, by Frances Mayes
9. The Brentwood Anthology, by Judith Robinson
10. Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine
11. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler
12. Don’t Lets Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood, by Alexandra Fuller
13. Leaving Before the Rains Come, by Alexandra Fuller
14. Deep Lane, Poems by Mark Doty
15. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
16. My Sunshine Away, by M.O. Walsh
17. Acorn, by Yoko Ono
18. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
19. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss
20. In the Unlikely Event, by Judy Blume
21. The Travels of Daniel Ascher, by Deborah Levy-Bertherat (published in Cleaver Magazine)
22. Whatever … Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves, by Maria Bello
23. One Thing Stolen, by Beth Kephart
24. Tampa, by Alissa Nutting
25. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed
26. None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio
27. Dear Thief, by Samantha Harvey
28. Divine Nothingness, Poems by Gerald Stern
29. Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit

Books I Read in 2014
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1. Next to Love, by Ellen Feldman
2. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic, by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
3. Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats, by Roger Rosenblatt
4. Mating Calls: The Problem with Lexie and No. Seven, by Jessica Anya Blau
5. Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, by Melanie Warner (audio)
6. Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, Stories by Maile Meloy
7. The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language, by Natalie Goldberg
8. Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman (audio)
9. Frances and Bernard, by Carlene Bauer
10. Nest. Flight. Sky.: On love and loss, one wing at a time, by Beth Kephart
11. Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt
12. TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann
13. Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan
14. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers, by David Perlmutter, M.D.
15. In the Body of the World: A Memoir, by Eve Ensler (audio)
16. Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore
17. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin (audio)
18. Year of the Snake, by Melissa Luznicky Garrett
19. The Girl Factory: A Memoir, by Karen Dietrich
20. Mrs. Poe, by Lynn Cullen
21. Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
22. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin
23. Perfect, by Rachel Joyce
24. Blown Sideways by Life: A Hilarious Tour de Resume, by Claudia Shear
25. Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian, by John Elder Robison
26. Astray, by Emma Donoghue
27. Hope for a Sea Change: A Search for Healing, by Elizabeth Aquino
28. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian
29. Place Names of the Jersey Shore: Why Did They Name It That? by Lee Ireland
30. Averno, Poems by Louise Gluck
31. The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary
32. Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, by Beth Kephart
33. The Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition, Guest Editor, Robert Pinsky; Series Editor, David Lehman
34. French Lessons, by Ellen Sussman
35. Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, by Paul Monette
36. Woolgathering, by Patti Smith
37. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
38. Devotion: A Memoir, by Dani Shapiro
39. Slow Motion: A True Story, by Dani Shapiro
40. A Prayer Journal, by Flannery O’Connor
41. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
42. Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver (audio)
43. Love Life, by Rob Lowe (audio)
44. History of the Rain, by Niall Williams
45. New Englanders, by Lee Montgomery
46. Beautiful Inside and Out: Conquering Thyroid Disease with a Healthy, Happy, “Thyroid Sexy” Life, by Gena Lee Nolin and Mary Shoman
47. Can’t and Won’t: Stories by Lydia Davis
48. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Flick (audio)
49. Save the Last Dance: Poems, by Gerald Stern
50. The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
51. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver (audio)
52. And Her Soul Out of Nothing, Poems by Olena Kalytiak Davis
53. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
54. Lighthead, Poems by Terrace Hayes
55. School of the Arts, by Mark Doty
56. Source, by Mark Doty
57. Everything is Burning, by Gerald Stern
58. Drood, by Dan Simmons (audio)
59. Muscular Music, by Terrance Hayes
60. Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen Dubner (audio)
61. Wind in a Box, by Terrance Hayes
62. Gabriel: A Poem, by Edward Hirsch
63. Hip Logic, by Terrance Hayes
64. Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace, by Anne Lamott
65. Once I Was Cool, Essays by Megan Stielstra
66. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett (audio)
67. Going Over, by Beth Kephart
68. The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, by Rachel Mennies
69. Women in Bed, Stories by Jessica Keener
70. The Chimes, by Charles Dickens
71. The Nearness of You, Poems by Carolyn Kizer
72. We Live in Water, by Jess Walter (audio)
73. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
74. Dinner, The Playbook: A 30 Day Plan for Mastering the Art of the Family Meal, by Jenny Rosenstrach
75. Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver

Books I Read in 2013
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Books Read in 2012
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BEST OF indicates it was one of the best books I read of the year.