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Lim What the Fortuneteller Didn't Say

Lim Among the White Moon Faces

Matthews Re-Entry: Surviving Life after War

Li Where Reasons End










90 Pyle Strange Planet

Novic Girl at War

Eggers The Parade

Butler The New Me

Tagaq Split Tooth

Hempel Sing to It

Porter Grief is the Thing With Feathers

Wallace-Wells The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming

Shafak 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

Thunberg No One is Too Small to Make a Difference

80Kenney Love Poems for Married People

Kirshebaum Rabbits for Food

Kaminsky The Deaf Republic

McEwan The Cockroach

Kuusisto Only Bread, Only Light

Scarpino Once Upon Wing Lake

Flynn I Will Destroy You

Scarpino Once, Then

Fernandez Space Invaders

Obejas The Tower of the Antilles

70 Menendez In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd

Tey The Daughter of Time

El-Mohtar This is How You Lost the Time War

Fish The First: How to Think Aboput Hate Speech, Campus Speech, Religious Speech, Fake News, Post-Truth, and Donald Trump

Hemon My Parents: An Introduction

Hemon This Does Not Belong to You

Atwood The Testaments

Rios The Theater of Night

Rios The Smallest Muscle in the Human Body

Kuusisto Letters to Borges

60 Kuusisto Have Dog, Will Travel

Winterson Frankissstein

Palmer Healing the Heart of Democracy

Kendi How to Be an Anti-Racist

Rushdie Quichotte

55 Ford Boys Will be Boys

Rooney Conversations with Friends

Braithwaite My Sister the Serial Killer

Lanchester The Wall

Thompson-Spires Heads of the Colored People

50 Clement Gun Love

Gumbiner The Boat Builder

Calloway The Indian World of George Washington

Rooney Normal People

DeLillo Mao II

Chang Ghosts of Gold Mountain

DeLillo The Body Artist

Coetzee The Childhood of Jesus

Saini Superior: The Return of Race Science

Danticat Krik!Krak!

40 Danticat Breath Eyes Memory

Mackintosh The Water Cure

Nussbaum  Anger and Forgiveness

Stewart The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

Nussbaum Creating Capabilities

Gunaratne  In Our Mad and Furious City

Nussbaum The New Religious Intolerance

Tawada The Emissary

Reed Indecency

Majok The Cost of Living

30 Kang The White Book

Coetzee Diary of a Bad Year

Hustvedt Memories of the Future 

Elgin True Enough

Schweblin Mouthful of Birds

Nunez The Friend

DiAngelo White Fragility

Hayes American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin

Painter The History of White People

Krasznashorkai  Satantango

Royce The Philosophy of Loyalty

20 Shaw The Science of Evil

Treuer The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present

Robinson Climate Justice

Krasznashorkai War and War

Vasquez The Shape of the Ruins

Burns Milkman

Krasznahorkai The Last Wolf and Herman

Kushner The Mars Room

Krasznahorkai The Melancholy of Resistance

Davila The Houseguest and Other Stories

10 Wells All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries

Batuman The Idiot

Rohr The Divine Dance

O'Neill Good Trouble: Stories

Woodward Fear

Robertson The Long Take

Laymon Heavy

Schilthuizen Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

Krasznahorkai The World Goes On

Lee Afghanistan: a history from 1260-the present



100 Anderson White Rage

Kakutani The Death of Truth

Chemerinsky We the People: a progressive reading of the Constitution for the twenty-first century

Powers The Overstory

Chabon Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces

Walker Taking the arrow out of the heart: poems

Molina Munoz In Her Absence

Knaausgard Inadvertent

Mckesson On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Giovanni Bicycles: Love Poems

90 Clifton Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems

Johnson Everything Under

Hurston Barracoon

Anderson One Person, No Vote

Munoz Molina Like a Fading Shadow

Chemaly Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger

Drnaso Sabrina

Giovanni Shimmy, Shimmy, Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking at the Harlem Renaissance through Poems

Gorn Let the People See: The Story of Emmet Till

Blanco Looking for the Gulf Motel

80 Ed. Pinson The Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Erdrich Original Fire: New and Selected Poems

Giovanni Acolytes

Atwood Morning in the Burned House

Diaz In the Distance

Horace The Black and the Blue

Gladwell Blink

Johnson Thirteen Days in Ferguson

Dyson What Truth Sounds Like

Moore  The Other Wes Moore

70 Flaubert Madame Bovary

Ugresic Fox

Nussbaum The Monarchy of Fear

Vargas Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

Appiah The Lies that Bind: Rethinking Identity

Gessen A Terrible Country

Emre The Personality Brokers: the Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing

Ondaatje Warlight

Tokarczuk Flights

Fukuyama Identity

60 Orange There, There

 Albertalli Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens

Ryan From a Low and Quiet Sea

Tyson The Blood of Emmett Till

Luiselli Tell Me How It Ends:  An Essay in Forty Questions

Klein No is Not Enough

LeGuin The Left Hand of Darkness

Fitzgerald  The Evangelicals: the Struggle to Shape America

Sexton A Kind of Freedom

Ko The Leavers

50 Greer Less

Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism

Vang Afterland: Poems

Gopal No Good Men Among the Living:  America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Kasischke Where Now: New and Selected Poems

Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing

Batufman The Possessed

Westover Educated 

Snyder The Road to Unfreedom

Forman, Jr.  Locking Up Our Own:  Crime and Punishment in Black America

40Machado Her Body and Other Parties

Pinker Enlightenment Now

Alarcon The King is Always Above the People

Haslett Imagine Me Gone

Mounk Democracy vs. the People:  why our freedom is in danger and how to save it

Grann Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Gessen The Future is History:  How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Kohn  The Opposite of Hate: a field guide tom repairing our humanity

Rothstein The Color of Law:  A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

  Long Soldier Whereas

Mishra Age of Anger: a History of the Present

30 Balasim The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq

Peterson 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos

 Ackerman Dark at the Crossing

MacLean Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Harrison The Book of Endings

al-Saddawi Frankenstein in Baghdad

Bidart Half-Light: Collected Poems

Cole Open City

Fridlund The History of Wolves

Crane The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist's Point of View

20 Mozley Elmet

Pope Turkey Unveiled: a history of modern Turkey

Modern Ethics in 77 Arguments: A Stone Reader

Charles Armed in America;  a history of gun rights from colonial militias to concealed carry

Cole Known and Strange Things

Kinzer Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds

Smith Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong

Shepard The Lore of the Unicorn 

Aveyard The Red Queen

Alexander The New Jim Crow

10 Ewing Electric Arches

Young Bunk

McCormack Solar Bones

Butler Chokehold

Smith Don't Call Us Dead: Poems

Joseph So Where Are We?

Erdrich Future Home of the Living God

Erian Towelhead

Bernstein Secrecy world : inside the Panama papers investigation of illicit money networks and the global elite

Binet The Seventh Function of Language



SUMMER and FALL 2017

100 Rushdie The Golden House

Cortazar Literature Class

Jones Then They Started Shooting: children of the Bosnian war and the adults they became 

McCarthy The Road

Eugenides Fresh Complaint: Stories

Green Devil's Bargain

Tashiro Awkward: the science of why we're socially awkward and why that's awesome

Ahmet Endgame

Bartlett The Truth Matters: a citizen's guide to separating facts from lies and stopping fake news in its tracks

Coates We Were 8 Years in Power

90Erian The Brutal Language of Love

Pamuk The Red-Haired Woman

Bihalji-Nerin Bogomil Sculpture

Brandt The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World

Clinton What Happened

Drndic Belladonna

Mojzes Balkan genocides : holocaust and ethnic cleansing in the twentieth century

Taibbi I Can't Breathe: a killing on Bay Street

Baron-Cohen The Science of Evil

Loory Tales of Falling and Flying

80 Greenblatt Will in the World

Greenblatt Hamlet in Purgatory

Borzutsky The Performance of Being Human

Hustvedt The Blindfold

Mukherjee The Gene: An Intimate History

Grass Of All That Ends

Greenblatt The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Morrison The Origin of Others

Matar The Return

Abu Jamal Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

70 Sloman The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone

Davis Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?

Lilla The Once and Future Liberal

Jackson Policing Ferguson, policing America : what really happened--and what the country can learn from it

Alexievich The Unwomanly Face of War

Alexie You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Wu The Attention Merchants

Eugenides The Virgin Suicides

Morrison God Help the Child

Murray A Carnivore's Inquiry (lost interest 1/2 way through)

60Johnson Nitro Mountain

Murukami Men Without Women

Eisenger The ChickenShit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

Fawcett Liberalism

Tanovic-Miller Testimony of a Bosnian

Evil Doesn't Live Here: Posters of the Bosnian War

Ellis The Quartet

Hamid Exit West

Carson Float

Hustvedt The Summer Without Men

50Bosnian Genocide: The Essential Reference Guide

Corwin Dubious Mandate: a Memoir of the UN in Bosnia, Summer 1995

Grahovic While You Played, I Ran

Yan The Garlic Ballads

Walker The Ayn Rand Cult

Wright A.Lincoln





43 Jelinek The Piano Teacher

Berger In Praise of Doubt

Holiday Ego is the Enemy

Andersen White Rage

Grushin Forty Rooms

Fine Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science and Society

Weiner How Bad Writing Destroyed the World:  Ayn Rand and the Literary Origins of the Financial Crisis

Desmond Evicted

Pelevin The Life of Insects

Sorokin The Blizzard

Kertesz Fateless

Burnet His Bloody Project

Grossman A Horse Walks into a Bar

Shishkin The Light and the Dark

Petrushevskaya There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In

Worth  A Rage for Order

Lioy Dust: the Inside Story of its Role in the September 11th Aftermath (sort of--slow read first 5 chapters, couldn't take it any more, speed read until the conclusion and slow read the conclusion)

Dombeck The Selfishness of Others

Hochschild Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Alameddine The Angel of History

Grushin The Dream Life of Sukhanov

Norwood Ferguson's Fault Lines

Young Blue Laws:  Selected and Uncollected Poems 

Mayer Dark Money

Kendi Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Hill The Nix

Hamid The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Bezmozgis Natasha and Other Stories

Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo

Warrick  Black Flags: The Rise of Isis

Szalay All That Man Is

Akunin Winter Queen

Vasquez Lovers on All Saints' Day: Stories

Levy Hot Milk

Vance Hillbilly Elegy

Isenberg White Trash

Kadare Twilight of the Eastern Gods  

Arudpragasam The Story of a Brief Marriage

Lowery They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

Alexievich Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Resendez The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

 McEwan Nutshell: A Novel

Kadare The Fall of the Stone City





FALL 2016

Cather My Antonia

Whitehead The Underground Railroad

               Sag Harbor

Kadare The Accident

Saroyan  The Human Comedy

Millhauser Dangerous Laughter

Millhauser Martin Dressler

Hill Nobody: Casualties of America‚Äôs War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond 

Handey What I'd Say to the Martians and Other Stories

Millhauser The Knife Thrower and Other Stories

Bechdel Fun Home

Shteyngart Absurdistan

Rush Mating

Bachelder The Throwback Special

Trump Crippled America

Coetzee Disgrace

Graves I, Claudius

Atwood Hag-Seed

Klosterman But What if We're Wrong?

Amis Money

Kang The Vegetarian

Vasquez Reputations

Greenidge We Love You Charlie Freeman

Ward The Fire This Time

Zambra Multiple Choice

Rovelli Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Bakewell At the Existentialist Cafe

Mahajan The Maker of Small Bombs





2016 SUMMER:  

Houellenbecq Elementary Particles

Houellenbecq The Map and the Territory 

The Pilgrim Hawk by Glenway Wescott

Stevenson  Just Mercy

That Night by Alice McDermott

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
So Long, See You Tomorrow
 by William Maxwell

Highsmith The High Price of Salt

MLK The Radical King

Malerman Birdbox

Senna Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Haddon A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime





Fell off the grid for awhile.  Here are some I remember from the summer 2015-November

Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath

Rushdie's new novel 

Hoagland  Twenty Little Poems that Could Save America and Other Essays

Beatty The Sellout

Coates Between the World and Me

Zink The Wallcreeper

The Martian

13 Reasons Why

We Were Liars


Poems by Nick Flynn, Dianne Seuss, Mary Jo Bang, Jane Miller, LiYoung Lee, Atwood, Hoagland, Nye

Still working my way through the Old Testament (up to Esther


Once again, Nora and Charlotte will be participating in the GOSt.Louis Read, Right, Run marathon.  The goal is to read 26 books, do 26 good deeds and complete 25 miles running before the final 1.2 miles in April at Forest Park.  Started last Wednesday.  

2016 RRR



2014-15 School Year

Toulmin The Usage of Argument

Andric The Slave Girl and Other Stories

Andric The Woman from Sarajevo

Anzulovic Heavenly Serbia: From Myth to Genocide

Murakami Kafka on the Shore

Bernhard The Voice Imitator

Delillo White Noise

Davis Can't and Won't

Kane Collected Plays

Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Suzuki The Art of Zen (or something like that)


Ishiguro The Buried Giant

Lockwood Motherland, Fatherland, Homelandsexual

Carrere Liminov

Offil Dept. of Speculation

O'Neill The Dog

Goldstein The Teacher Wars

Jones Prelude to Bruise

Gluck Faithful and Virtuous Night

Weber The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 

Buffam The Irrationalist

Buffam Past Imperfect

Sabato The Tunnel

Zweig Kaleidoscope One

Rinehart The Dice Man

Hrabal Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age

Laymon Long Division

Laymon How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Johnson Welcome to Braggsville 

Ignatieff Warrior's Honor



2014 Summer

Egan A Visit from the Goon Squad 

Shubin Your Inner Fish

Wittgenstein Collected Works

Baskailo Wounded I Am More Awake

O'Breht The Tiger's Wife

Atwood The Year of the Flood

Oe A Quiet Life

Lethem Amnesia Moon

Lethem Motherless Brooklyn

Dehaene Reading in the Brian

Atwood MaddAddams

Alexie What I've Stolen, What I've Earned

Oe The Changeling

Jennings Bosnia's Million Bones

Andric Bosnian Chronicle

Moravia The Conformist

Hiaasen Bad Monkey

Galloway The Cellist of Sarajevo

Malcolm Kosovo: A Short History

2013-14 school year:


Brkic Stillness and Other Stories

Trebincevic The Bosnia List

Foucault A History of Sexuality: Volume 1

Oliver A Thousand Mornings

Wolf Proust and the Squid 

Hoagland's Poetry 

James A**holes: A Theory

Calvino If on a Winter's Night

Hamilton The Book of Ruth

2013 RRR

Glenny The Balkans

Rhode Endgame

Rape Warfare

Drakulic They Would Never Hurt a Fly


Drakulic S.

Dostoevsky--A Raw Youth (a labor of love at this point)

Sedaris--the new one w/ owls in the title

Adichie  Americanah

Heidegger--What is Called Thinking

Murakami Almost Transparent Blue



2013:  Half of a Yellow Sun by Achidie

                       Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie

                       Jose Saramago:  The Lives of Things

                                                 Raised from the Ground

                       Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned

                                         The Last Tycoon

                       Fountain's Billy Lynn's Halftime Walk


          Resistance, Rebellion and Death

Sartre--The Words

Gaiman--American Gods

Schoenbaum Shakespeare: A Documentary Life

Card--Ender's Shadow


Fowles--The Collector

Mosley--White Butterfly


Baldwin--If Beale Street Could Talk

Hemon--The Book of My Lives

             Love and Obstacles

               Nowhere Man

               The Lazarus Project

Saunders--In Persuasion Nation

               --everything else Saunders has published in book form



Miller--Sexus (started but bailed after Part 1)

Erdrich--Shadow Tag

Ansary--Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes

Death of a Red Heroine

A Raw Youth

Madame Bovary

James Psychology

Sparks Memento Mori

Burroughs Cities of the Red Night

Franzen--The Twenty-Seventh City











All Things Shining--Kelley and Dryfus

Infinite Jest--Wallace

The Girl With Curious Hair--Wallace

The World is Flat--Friedman

This Side of Paradise--Fitzgerald

The Comedians--Graham Greene

Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda

Before Twilight: Selected Poems of Julio Cortazar

Black Betty--Walter Mosley

The History of Thought--Ferry

Moby Dick--Melville

started but bailed on Proust

started but bailed on The Slave Trade

*The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

forgot Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain--finishing Infinite Jest made me want to tackle another big "English teachers are supposed to read" book. 



Midnight's Children

Tender is the Night

Habermas--The Theory of Communicative Action Part One




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