Book Reviews by Title

I’ve marked my favourites with a *

The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Jonas Jonsson.
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Mona Awad.
419. Will Ferguson.
1Q84. Haruki Murakami
The Adversary. Emmanuel Carrere.
And Also Sharks. Jessica Westhead.
The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. Henry Miller.
Alias Grace. Margaret Atwood.
All Quiet on the Western Front. Erich Maria Remarque.
All the Light We Cannot See. Anthony Doerr.
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. Richard Hofstadter.
Anything is Possible. Elizabeth Strout.
The Art of the Personal Essay. Philip Lopate ed. 
The Association of Small Bombs. Mahajan, Karan. 
At the Bottom of the Harbor. Joseph Mitchell.
Bad Science. Ben Goldacre. 
Beautiful Ruins. Jess Walter.
Been Down so Long it Looks Like Up to Me. Richard Farina.
Behind Closed Doors. B. A. Paris.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Atul Gawande.
Bellevue Square. Michael Redhill.
The Best American Short Stories 2015. T C Boyle and Heidi Pitlor, eds.
The Best Kind of People. Zoe Whittall.
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives. Zsuzsi Gartner
* Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Haruki Murakami.
Blindness. José Saramago. 
Blood Money. David Ignatius.
Blood Moon: A Captive’s Tale. Ruth Chatlien.
Book of Days: Personal Essays. Emily Fox Gordon.
The Book Thief. Markus Zusak.
* A Book of Memories. Peter Nadas.
Both Flesh and Not. David Foster Wallace.
A Brief History of Seven Killings. Marlon James.
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Stories. David Foster Wallace.
Bright Lights Big City. Jay McInerney.
The Burgess Boys. Elizabeth Strout.
* The Cat’s Table. Michael Ondaatje.
The Circle. Dave Eggers.
Charcoal Joe. Walter Mosley
A Coffin for Dimitrios. Eric Ambler.
Collected Fictions. Jorge Luis Borges.
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis. Lydia Davis.
The Confessions of Nat Turner. William Styron.
Cool Water. Dianne Warren.
Cork Dorks. Bianca Bosker.
Cutting for Stone. Abraham Verghese.
Dance Dance Dance. Haruki Mirakami.
David and Goliath. Malcolm Gladwell.
David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest: A Reader’s Guide. Stephen Burn.
Dead Souls. Nikolai Gogol.
Dear Life. Alice Munro.
A Death in the Family. Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Decoded. Mai Jia.
* The Dignity of Difference. Jonathan Sacks.
Do I Make Myself Clear? Harold Evans.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Madeleine Thien.
Edible Stories. Mark Kurlansky.
Eileen. Otessa Moshfegh.
Empire of Illusion. Chris Hedges.
Every Love Story is a Ghost Story. D T Max.
Everything Changes. Jonathan Tropper.
Everywhere I Look. Helen Garner.
The Evolution of Beauty. Richard Prum.
The Farmer’s Daughter. Jim Harrison.
Farther Away. Jonathan Franzen
* The Feeling of What Happens. Antonio Damasio.
Fifteen Dogs. Alexis Andre.
Fierce Kingdom. Gin Phillips.
Fishtailing. Wendy Philips.
The Flame Throwers. Rachel Kushner.
Flood of Fire. Amritav Ghosh.
Freedom. Jonathan Franzen.
A General Theory of Love. Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon
Get in Trouble. Kelly Link.
The Ghost Writer. Philip Roth.
Gilead. Marilynne Robinson.
Girl with Curious Hair. David Foster Wallace.
The Glass Room. Simon Mawer
God’s Hotel.Victoria Sweet.
The Goldfinch. Donna Tartt.
Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction. Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd.
Goya’s Dog. Damian Tarnopolsky.
Great Dream of Heaven. Sam Shepard.
Gut Feelings. Gerd Gigerenzer.
Half-Blood Blues. Esi Edugyan.
The Hare with Amber Eyes. Edmund de Waal.
The Headmaster’s Wager. Vincent Lam.
The Heart Broke In. James Meek
Hero of the Empire. Candice Millard.
A Home at the End of the World. Michael Cunningham.
* The Hours. Michael Cunningham.
How to Behave in a Crowd. Camille Bordas.
How to Breathe Underwater. Julie Orringer.
The Illuminations. Andrew O’Hagan.
I Am a Truck. Michelle Winters.
Illustrados. Miguel Syjuco.
In Cold Blood. Truman Capote.
In Mania’s Memory. Lisa Birnie.
In the Land of Eternal Spring. Alan Howard.
In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts. Gabor Mate.
Independence Day. Richard Ford.
* Infinite Jest. David Foster Wallace.
The Infinities. John Banville.
Ink on Paper. Brad Cran. 
The Intelligent Investor. Benjamin Graham.
The Invisible Bridge. Julie Orringer.
The Journalist and the Murderer. Janet Malcolm.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Katy Butler.
Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics. Stephen Woloshin, Lisa Schwartz and Gilbert Welch.
Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada. Alan Casey.
The Last of Her Kind. Sigrid Nunez.
Leaving the Atocha Station. Ben Lerner.
The Left Hand of Darkness. Ursula Le Guin.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. David Sedaris.
Light Lifting. Alexander McLeod.
The Line of Beauty. Alan Hollinghurst.
A Little Life. Hanya Yanagihara.
The Lottery and Other Stories. Shirley Jackson.
Loving. Henry Green.
Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York. Luc Sante.
The Lowland. Jhumpa Lahiri.
The Luminaries. Eleanor Catton.
Man Gone Down. Michael Thomas.
A Man in Love. Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Manhattan Beach. Jennifer Egan.
The Marriage Plot. Jeffrey Eugenides.
Maud’s Line. Margaret Verble.
Medium Raw. Anthony Bourdain.
Men Without Women. Haruki Murakami.
Minds of Winter. Ed O’Loughlin.
Moonglow. Michael Chabon.
The Moor’s Account. Laila Lalami.
A Most Wanted Man. John Le Carre.
* Mrs. Dalloway.  Virginia Woolf.
My Brilliant Friend. Elena Ferrante.
My Mother, Your Mother. Dennis McCullough.
My Name is Lucy Barton. Elizabeth Strout.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Richard Flanagan.
Norwegian Wood. Haruki Murakami.
Nothing to Be Frightened Of. Julian Barnes
On Bullshit. Harry Frankfurt.
Operation Shylock. Philip Roth.
Oracle Night. Paul Auster.
The Orphan Master’s Son. Adam Johnson.
The Pale King. David Foster Wallace.
Park City. Ann Beattie.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Annie Dillard.
Plugged. Eoin Colfer.
Pnin. Vladimir Nabokov.
POEMS: Okie Chronicles (2005), Out of Silence (2009), What to Make of It (2012). Pamela Harrison.
The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories. Penelope Lively.
The Quick and the Dead. Joy Williams.
The Raw and the Cooked. Jim Harrison.
* Religion for Atheists. Alain de Botton.
Rethinking Aging. Nortin Hadler.
Robinson Crusoe. Daniel Defoe.
Ru. Kim Thuy.
Saint Jack. Paul Theroux.
Sap Rising. Christine Lincoln.
The Sense of an Ending. Julian Barnes.
The Sense of Style. Steven Pinker.
The Sentimentalists. Wendy Skibrud.
Shame and Wonder. David Searcy.
Sh*t My Dad Says. Justin Halperin.
The Sisters Brothers. Patrick DeWitt.
Snow. Louis MacNeice.
So Much Blue. Percival Everett.
Someone With a Little Hammer. Mary Gaitskill.
The Son. Philipp Meyer.
The Sorrows of Young Werther. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
South of Broad. Pat Conroy.
State of Fear. Micheal Crighton.
* The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov. Vladimir Nabokov.
The Story of a New Name.  Elena Ferrante.
* (applies to all 4 novels)  The Story of the Lost Child. Elena Ferrante.
Strong Motion. Jonathan Franzen.
* Studies in Classic American Literature. DH Lawrence.
Suddenly, Love. Aharon Appelfeld
Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. Nick Bostrom.
Swing Time. Zadie Smith.
The Sympathizer. Viet Thanh Nguyen.
A Tale for the Time Being. Ruth Ozeki.  
Telegraph Avenue. Michael Chabon.
The Terranauts. T C Boyle.
Thirteen Reasons Why. Jay Asher.
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. Elena Ferrante.
A Thousand Acres. Jane Smiley.
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour. Joshua Ferris.
Too Much Happiness. Alice Munro.
A Trick of the Light. Louise Penny.
Troubling Love. Elena Ferrante.
Under This Unbroken Sky. Shandi Mitchell.
Us Conductors. Sean Micheals.
Veronica. Mary Gaitskill
The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life.Nick Lane.
Vox. Nicholson Baker.
The War of the End of the World. Mario Vargas Llosa.
The Way We Die Now. Seamus O’Mahony.
We are All Completely Beside Ourselves. Karen Joy Fowler.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Shirley Jackson.
We Have No Idea. Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham.
We Need New Names. NoViolet Bulawayo. 
Weekend. Jane Eaton Hamilton.
What Was Lost. Catherine O’Flynn
When Breath Becomes Air. Paul Kalanithi.
The Wilds. Julia Elliott.
Wolf Hall. Hillary Mantel.
A Woman Run Mad. John L’Heureux.
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. Bob Shocochis.
Word’s End. TC Boyle.
Wrong. David Friedman.
Yiddish for Pirates. Gary Baldwin.
You Are Not a Gadget. Jaron Lanier.

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