Sunday, February 1, 2015

books read in February 2015

Fiction is in red. Date of first publication in (parentheses).

12. Lies My Mother Never Told Me, Kaylie Jones (2009)
13. This Land is Their Land, Barbara Ehrenreich (2008)
14. A Trick of the Light, Louise Penny (2011)
15. Trigger Warnings, Neil Gaiman (2015) (skipped all his dreadful poetry, per usual)
16. The Long Way Home, Louise Penny (2014)
17. Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America, Barbara Ehrenreich (2009)
18. The Whites, Richard Price (2015) (good beginning, mediocre middle, picks up again in last fourth -- miles better than the awful Lush Life, tho) (he's still wildly overrated, and Kakutani comparing him to le Carre? AS FUCKING IF) (also, any book deliberately basing itself in Melville has to work that off with me, why aren't people fucking obsessed with Hawthorne instead? now he was such a good writer)
19. The Wilkomirski Affair: A Study in Biographical Truth, Stefan Maechler (2001)
20. Mistakes Were Made, Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson (2007) (mentioned in a review of Maechler)
21. The Poet, Michael Connelly (1996)
22. Freedomland, Richard Price (1998) (damn fine)
23. A Life in Pieces: the Making and Unmaking of Binjamin Wilkormirski, Blake Eskin (2002)
24. Blue Windows: A Christian Science Childhood, Barbara Wilson (1997)
25. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (1963) (reread)
26. The Family That Couldn't Sleep, D.T. Max (2006) (pop sci, but not bad)

all 2015 booklist posts