What I’m reading right now:

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (N)


What I’m reading to my children:

Dr. Seuss’s ABCs, Dr. Seuss (Children’s)



N = Novel

SC = Story Collection

P = Poetry

NF = Nonfiction

CNF = Creative Nonfiction

E = Essays

PL = Play

GN = Graphic Novel


Catch-22, Joseph Heller (N)

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon (N)

One Hundred Years of Solitude, GabrielGarcia Marquez (N)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (N)

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (N)

Watchmen, Alan Moore (GN)

Mercy Among the Children, David Adams Richards (N)

Ulysses, James Joyce (N)

Empire Falls, Richard Russo (N)

American Pastoral, Philip Roth (N)

Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace (N)

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy (N)

The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson (N)

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (N)

Hamlet, William Shakespeare (PL)

King Lear, William Shakespeare (PL)

The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller (GN)

Remembrance of Things Past: Part One, Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust (N)

Sin City: The Hard Goodbye, Frank Miller (GN)

Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie (N)

The Merry Wives of Windsor, William Shakespeare (PL)

Batman: The Long Halloween, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (GN)

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (N)

Rabbit is Rich, John Updike (N)

The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare (PL)

Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King (N)

Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman (GN)

The Art of the Story, Daniel Halpern (ed.) (SC)

Creative Writing in the Digital Age, Michael Dean Clark, Trent Hergenrader and Joseph Rein (eds.) (E)

Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy, Chris Drew, Joseph Rein and David Yost (eds.) (E)

Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America, James Wright (NF)


Atonement, Ian McEwan (N)

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, David Foster Wallace (SC)

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (N)

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing (N)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce (N)

Rabbit at Rest, John Updike (N)

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton (N)

Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson (N)

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (N)

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (N)

If on a winter’s night a traveler, Italo Calvino (N)

100 Love Sonnets, Pablo Neruda (P)

In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez (N)

The Hours, Michael Cunningham (N)

Fools Crow, James Welch (N)

Winesburg, Ohio, Sherwood Anderson (SC)

Othello, William Shakespeare (PL)

Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson (P)

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (N)

V For Vendetta, Alan Moore (GN)

Sin City: Family Values, Frank Miller (GN)

Sin City: The Big Fat Kill, Frank Miller (GN)

Maus I: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman (GN)

Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro (SC)

The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford (N)

Macbeth, William Shakespeare (P)

Much Ado About Nothing, William Shakespeare (P)

Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution to Poland, Christopher R. Browning (NF)

Selected Poems, William Carlos Williams (P)

Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project, Anna Leahy (ed.) (E)


Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (N)

White Noise, Don Delillo

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan (N)

1Q84, Haruki Murakami (N)

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride (N)

The Circle, Dave Eggers (N)

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer (N)

The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer (N)

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett (N)

So Long, See You Tomorrow, William Maxwell (N)

Rabbit, Run, John Updike (N)

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (N)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien (N)

What is the What, David Eggers (N)

Maps, Nuruddin Farah (N)

The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen (N)

Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (N)

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (N)

A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry (PL)

The Odyssey, Homer (P)

The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann (N)

Dubliners, James Joyce (SC)

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck (N)

The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare (PL)

Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh (N)

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare (PL)

The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne (N)

Sin City: That Yellow Bastard, Frank Miller (GN)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare (PL)

Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich (N)

The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey (N)

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis (N)

Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare (P)

The Tin Flute, Gabrielle Roy (N)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain (N)

All’s Well that Ends Well, William Shakespeare (PL)

The Face of a Naked Lady, Michael Rips (CNF)

Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo (N)

The Homecoming, Harold Pinter (PL)

Journey Through Utopia, Marie Louise Berneri (NF)

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (N)

Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje (N)

Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi (CNF)

Luck, Joan Barfoot (N)

The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor (SC)

Yvain: The Knight of the Lion, Chretien de Troyes (P)

Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before, Jean Twenge (NF)

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood (N)

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison (N)

Choke, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie (SC)

Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson (N)

Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee (N)

The Cloud Atlas, Liam Callanan (N)

Cracking India, Bapsi Sidhwa (N)

Black Skin White Masks, Frantz Fanon (NF)

Colors of a Different Horse: Rethinking Creative Writing Theory and Pedagogy, WendyBishop and Hans Ostrom (eds.) (EC)

Operation Shylock, Philip Roth (N)

Louis Riel: A Comic Strip Biography, Chester Brown (GN)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (N)

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut (N)

Rabbit Redux, John Updike (N)

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (N)

Ship of Fools, Katherine Anne Porter (N)


Moby Dick, Herman Melville (PL)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, William Shakespeare (PL)

Conquistadora, Esmeralda Santiago (N)

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (N)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Frank Miller (GN)

The Passion, Jeanette Winterson (N)

Broom of the System, David Foster Wallace (N)

Palm-Wine Drinkard, Amos Tutuola (N)

Hicks, Tribes, and Dirty Realists: American Fiction after Postmodernism, Robert Rebein (NF)

Praisesong for the Widow, Paule Marshall (N)

The Color Purple, Alice Walker (N)

The Life and Times of Michael K., J.M. Coetzee (N)

Little, David Treuer (N)

Survivor, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko (N)

Nemesis, Philip Roth (N)

Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer (N)

Catch as Catch Can, Joseph Heller (SC)

The Translation of Dr. Apelles, David Treuer (N)

Bad Jews and Other Stories, Gerald Shapiro (SC)

The Sicilian, Mario Puzo (N)

King Arthur & His Knights, Sir Thomas Malory (P)

The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides (N)

The Road, Cormac McCarthy (N)

Obasan, Joy Kogawa (N)

Amsterdam, Ian McEwan (N)

Writers on Comic Scriptwriting, Mark Salisbury (EC)

41 Stories, O. Henry (SC)

Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (N)


Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (N)

All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy (N)

All Saints, Liam Callanan

The Illumination, Kevin Brockmeier (N)

The Pale King, David Foster Wallace (N)

Can it Really Be Taught?: Resisting Lore in Creative Writing Pedagogy, Kelly Ritter and Stephanie Vanderslice (eds.) (EC)

Carrie, Stephen King (N)

The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen (PL)

Outside Valentine, Liza Ward (CNF)

Omerta, Mario Puzo (N)

The Big Four, Agatha Christie (PL)

The Baby Can Sing and Other Stories, Judith Slater (SC)

The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (NF)

Richard II, William Shakespeare (PL)

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (N)

The Round House, Louise Erdrich (N)

As for Me and My House, Sinclair Ross (N)

The Paul Virilio Reader, Steve Redhead (ed.) (NF)

Poetics, Aristotle (NF)

The Waste Land and other poems, T.S. Eliot (P)

Auschwitz and After, Charlotte Delbo (P)

Is the Holocaust Unique? Perspectives on Comparative Genocide (EC)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain (N)

James Joyce’s Ulysses: Critical Essays, Clive Hart and David Hayman (NF)

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (N)

The Guide, R.K. Narayan (N)

Petals of Blood, Ngugi wa Thiong’o (N)

The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880, D.G. Myers

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy (N)

The Age of Wire and String, Ben Marcus (SC)

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach (N)

Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne (N)

Creative Writing and the New Humanities, Paul Dawson (NF)

Lord of the Flies, William Golding (N)

Creative Writing in America: Theory and Pedagogy, Joseph Moxley (ed.) (EC)

A Poetics of Postmodernism, Linda Hutcheon (NF)

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison

Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel, Louis Owens

Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual, David Treuer (NF)

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature, Ngugi, Wa Thiong’o (NF)

Dracula, Bram Stoker (N)

The Stone Raft, Jose Saramago (N)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien (N)

Orientalism, Edward Said (NF)

Teaching Creative Writing, Graeme Harper (ed.) (EC)


Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf (N)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien (N)

The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai (N)

Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys (N)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (N)

The Optimist’s Daughter, Eudora Welty (N)

The Conservationist, Nadine Gordimer (N)

Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction, Charles Baxter (EC)

House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (S)

The Holder of the World, Bharati Mukherjee (N)

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (N)

(Re)Writing Craft: Composition, Creative Writing, and the Future of English Studies, Tim Mayers (NF)

Goodbye Columbus, Philip Roth (N)

Three Junes, Julia Glass (N)

Antony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare (PL)

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (PL)

The Plot Against America, Philip Roth (N)

The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare (PL)

Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

Sin City: Booze, Broads & Bullets, Frank Miller (GN)

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Asar Nafisi (CNF)

Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare (PL)

Love’s Labor’s Lost, William Shakespeare (PL)

Such is My Beloved, Morley Callaghan (N)

Culture and Anarchy and Other Writings, Matthew Arnold (EC)

The News from Paraguay, Lily Tuck (N)

In Custody, Anita Desai

The Dream House, Valerie Laken (N)

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (N)

This is not a Pipe, Michel Foucault (NF)

Life of Pi, Yann Martel (N)

Peace Shall Destroy Many, Rudy Wiebe (N)

The Color of Water, James McBride (N)

The Best American Short Stories of the Century, John Updike (SC)

Slash, Jeannette Armstrong (N)

Nectar in a Sieve, Kamala Markandaya (N)

The Awakening, Kate Chopin (N)

The Collector of Treasures and Other Stories, Bessie Head (SC)

The Death and Life of Superman, Roger Stern (N)

The Father and Daughter, Amelia Opie (N)

Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth, Mark Van Doren (ed.) (P)

The City of the Sun, Tomasso Campanella (N)

Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston (N)

New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity, Ellen McCracken (NF)

The Empire Writes Back: Theory and practice in post-colonial literatures, Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (NF)

The Workshop: Seven Decades of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Tom Grimes (SC)


A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul (N)

What Our Speech Disrupts: Feminism and Creative Writing Studies, Katharine Haake (NF)

Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff (N)

The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon (NF)

Native Speaker, Chang-Rae Lee (N)

Good as Gold, Joseph Heller (N)

Patternmaster, Octavia Butler (N)

Veronica, Mary Gaitskill (N)

The Author Is Not Dead, Merely Somewhere Else: Creative Writing Reconceived, Michelene Wandor (NF)

Tortuga, Rudolfo Anaya (N)

Beyond the Writers’ Workshop: New Ways to Write Creative Nonfiction, Carol Bly (NF)

On the Road, Jack Kerouac (N)

Closing Time, Joseph Heller (N)

Specimen Days, Michael Cunningham (N)

Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon (N)

Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (N)

The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God, Timothy Shaffert (N)

Red Dragon, Thomas Harris (N)

The Hiawatha, David Treuer (N)

The DaVinci Code, Dan Brown (N)

Revisionary Rhetoric, Feminist Pedagogy, and Multigenre Texts, Julie Jung (NF)

Troilus and Cressida, William Shakespeare (PL)

Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction, David Hopkins (NF)

The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays, Sigfried Kracauer (NF)

The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde (PL)

Reinventing Film Studies, Christine Gledhill and Linda Williams (eds.) (NF)

Funny Boy, Shyam Selvadurai (N)

Herzog, Saul Bellow (N)

The Joys of Motherhood, Buchi Emecheta (N)

Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction, Robert J.C. Young (NF)

Released into Language: Options for Teaching Creative Writing, Wendy Bishop (NF)

The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, Mark McGurl (NF)


Sin City: Hell and Back, Frank Miller (GN)

Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga (N)

Play it as it Lays, Joan Didion (N)

Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo (N)

Saturday, Ian McEwan (N)

Diary, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Michael Chabon (N)

Saul and Patsy, Charles Baxter (N)

The Epic of Son-Jara, Fa-Digi Sisoko (N)

The Known World, Edward P. Jones (N)

The Informers, Bret Easton Ellis (N)

Jumping Out of Bed, Robert Bly (P)

The Eye of the Story, Eudora Welty (NF)

It’s Superman!, Tom De Haven (N)

Writing Machines, Katherine Hayles (NF)

The Portable Hannah Arendt, Hannah Arendt (NF)

The King’s Own, Captain Frederick Marryat (N)

Keeper ‘N Me, Richard Wagamese (N)

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom (CNF)

The Rock Says…, Dwayne Johnson (CNF)

Society and Literature, 1945-1970, Alan Sinfield (NF)

American Fictions, 1940-1980: A Comprehensive History and Critical Evaluation, Frederick Karl (NF)

The Writing Experiment, Hazel Smith (NF)


No Stars

Carter Beats the Devil, Glen David Gold (N)

Aloft, Chang-Rae Lee (N)

Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, Georges Perec (EC)

Timequake, Kurt Vonnegut (N)

Human Capital, Stephen Amidon (N)

Networked Art, Craig J. Saper (NF)

The Cranberry Trail: Misfits, Dreamers and Drifters on the Heartland Road, Kent Cowgill (N)

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (NF)

The Production of Space, Henri Lefebvre (NF)

On Writing, Stephen King (NF)

Manifest Manners, Gerald Vizenor (NF)

The Location of Culture, Homi Bhabha (NF)

The Intimate Enemy: Loss and Recovery of Self under Colonialism, Ashis Nandy (NF)

Something Happened, Joseph Heller (N)

The Womb of Space: The Cross-Cultural Imagination, Wilson Harris (E)

Light My Fire, Ray Manzarek (CNF)

Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul, Jack Canfield (ed.) (E)

Haunted, Chuck Palahniuk (N)

Any Way the Wind Blows, E. Lynn Harris (N)


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