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Complete Book List (2001-2021)


The Full List


A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

The Passenger by Cormac McCarthy

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel


Our Own Worst Enemy by Tom Nichols


The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (travel?)

Barbarian Days by William Finnegan


The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman


From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks


Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen by Larry McMurtry


2021 Full Book List

Western: Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams

ClassicEast of Eden by John Steinbeck

Horror: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Postmodern Fiction: The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata

Crime Fiction: Green Sun by Kent Anderson

Funny Fiction: The Dog of the South by Charles Portis

Poignant: Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Poetry: Goldenrod by Maggie Smith

History: Forget the Alamo by Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Sanford

Personal Essay: This One Will Hurt You by Paul Crenshaw

HumorA Carnival of Snackery by David Sedaris

Journalism: Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe

Politics & Society: The Death of Expertise by Tom Nichols


2020 Full Book List

Favorite Fiction from 2020

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Deliverance by James Dickey

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor*
*read review first

Favorite Nonfiction from 2020

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

The Unreality of Memory by Elisa Gabbert

Pacific by Simon Winchester

How to Think by Alan Jacobs


2019 Full Book List

Favorite Fiction from 2019

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Favorite Nonfiction from 2019

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly

Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11 by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Red Caddy: Into the Unknown with Edward Abbey by Charles Bowden


2018 Full Book List

Favorite Fiction from 2018

Stoner by John Williams

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

The Overstory by Richard Powers

Favorite Nonfiction from 2018

American Nations by Colin Woodard

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Educated by Tara Westover

Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

In Praise of Shadows by Jun´ichiro Tanizaki


2017 Full Book List

2017 Fiction Short List

The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

American War by Omar El Akkad

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

2017 Nonfiction Short List

M Train by Patti Smith

Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen

Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson

Theft By Finding by David Sedaris

Vacationland by John Hodgman


2016 Full Book List

2016 Fiction Short List

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

City of Thieves by David Benioff

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

2016 Nonfiction Short List

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Black Flags by Joby Warrick

Rise of the Warrior Cop by Radley Balko


2015 Full Book List

2015 Fiction Short List

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan

Sylvia by Leonard Michaels

Redeployment by Phil Kay

2015 Nonfiction Short List

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari

Not Impossible by Mick Ebeling

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


2014 Full Book List

2014 Fiction Short List

Tinkers by Paul Harding

Orfeo by Richard Powers

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

A Good Man Is Hard To Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor

2014 Nonfiction Short List


2013 Full Book List

2013 Fiction Short List

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

 Train Dreams by Robert Johnson

 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey

2013 Nonfiction Short List

 Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi

 A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

 Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead by Neil Strauss

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon


Full 2012 Book List

2012 Fiction Short List

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

A Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers

The Sooterkin by Tom Gilling

2012 Nonfiction Short List

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

El Narco by Ioan Grillo

The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time by Will Durant

King of the World by David Remnick

The Big Payback by Dan Charnas

The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

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