Year in Reading

December 22, 2014

A Year in Reading: Charles Finch 0

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I read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan trilogy this year.  I read it twice, actually.  It made me want to quit writing.

December 22, 2014

A Year in Reading: Michael Robbins 4

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I finally read Henry Green’s Loving! It’s like if Downton Abbey were good. And funny.

December 21, 2014

A Year in Reading: Elizabeth Minkel 0

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I’m kind of done glossing over this major part of my reading life: for every good novel I read this year, I read a fantastic novel-length fic as well.

December 21, 2014

A Year in Reading: Matt Seidel 1

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As our planet has rotated once again around the sun in a nearly perfect circle, I will now highlight several books from this year’s reading that move in more eccentric orbits

December 20, 2014

A Year in Reading: Thomas Beckwith 0

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A remarkable thing about the collection is how well it captures the messiness at the heart of civilized life.

December 20, 2014

A Year in Reading: Tess Malone 5

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Whether you like her or not, Lena Dunham is a new literary voice to be reckoned with — cutting, funny, and sometimes brutal.

December 19, 2014

A Year in Reading: Jean Hanff Korelitz 2

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According to the elves at Goodreads, I’ve read 70 books so far this year, a feat made possible by the fact that I finally figured out how to get New York Public Library audiobooks onto my iPhone.

December 19, 2014

A Year in Reading: Rachel Cantor 1

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I divide this year’s shortlist into three categories: Tales Well Told, Fun Stuff, and Miracles of Voice.

December 19, 2014

A Year in Reading: William Giraldi 2

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Only those with a consummate lack of cleverness wield the word “clever” as an insult, and De Vries demonstrates just how much can be done with a creative intelligence charged by the clever and satirical and ironic.

December 18, 2014

A Year in Reading: Bill Morris 3

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Delightfully free of finger-pointing, cheap nostalgia, or breathless boosterism, the book makes the point that only through an understanding of this troubled city’s history can one hope to understand its current woes and its possible ways forward.