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Books I’ve Read – Starting January 2009

I have always been a reader.  I remember walking to the library with my brother and sister on the east side of Kalamazoo.  Back and forth we’d go.  I think reading sort of fell off while I was going to high school.  But it certainly picked up again when I went to university.  Yes, the proverbial english major.  Never did graduate.  But I certainly acquired a taste for literature.  And now that I’m retired, I intend to spend alot of time reading.  One of my little pet projects is to read the works of fiction that have been awarded the Pulitzer prize since the year I was born, 1948.  I certainly don’t limit myself to just reading these fictional works, but they do make up a large portion of my reading list – at least for now.

Read the following Pulitzer Prize works of fiction prior to 2009

  • TO KILL A MOCKIONGBIRD by Harper Lee (PP-1961)
  • THE REIVERS by William Faulkner (PP-1963)
  • A THOUSAND ACRES by Jane Smiley (PP-1992)
  • THE SHIPPING NEWS by E. Annie Proulx (PP-1994)
  • THE STONE DIARIES by Carol Shields (PP-1995)
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY by Richard Ford (PP-1996)
  • MARTIN DRESSLER:  THE TALE OF AN AMERICAN DREAMER by Steven Millhauser (PP- 1997)
  • AMERICAN PASTORAL by Phillip Roth (PP-1998)
  • THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham (PP-1999)
  • INTERPRETER OF MALADIES by Jhumpa Lahiri (PP-2000)
  • THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY by Michael Chabon (PP-2001)
  • EMPIRE FALLS by Richard Russo (PP-2002)
  • MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides (PP-2003)
  • THE KNOWN WORLD by Edward P. Jones (PP-2004)
  • GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson (PP-2005)
  • MARCH by Geraldine Brooks (PP-2006)
  • THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy (PP-2007)

 

Read the following books in 2009

  • THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz (PP-2008)
  • A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini
  • A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN by Robert Olen Butler (PP-1993)
  • RABBIT AT REST by John Updike (PP-1991)
  • THE BOOK OF NEGROES by Lawrence Hill
  • THE HORSE WHISPERER by Nicholas Evans
  • THE BIG YEAR A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik
  • BREATHING LESSONS by Anne Tyler (PP-1989)
  • A SUMMONS TO MEMPHIS by Peter Taylor (PP-1987)
  • THE RELUCTANT TWITCHER:  A Quite Truthful Account of My Big Birding Year by Richard Pope
  • LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry (PP-1986)
  • BELOVED by Toni Morrison (PP – 1988)

Read the following books in 2010

  • THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker (PP-1983)
  • THE KILLER ANGELS by Michael Shaara (PP-1975)
  • OLIVE KITTRIDGE by Elizabeth Strout (PP-2009)
  • GOLDENGROVE by Francine Prose
  • TO SEE EVERY BIRD ON EARTH:  A Father, A Son and a Lifelong Obsession by Dan Koeppel
  • RABBIT IS RICH by John Updike (PP-1982)
  • THE PRIVATE PATIENT by P.D. James
  • THE GATHERING by Anne Enright
  • IRONWEED by William Kennedy (PP – 1984)
  • THE MAMBO KINGS PLAY SONGS OF LOVE by Oscar Hijuelos (PP – 1990)
  • A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole (PP – 1981)
  • FOREIGN AFFAIRS by Alison Lurie (PP – 1985)
  • THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever (PP – 1979)
  • ANGLE OF REPOSE by Wallace Stegner (PP – 1972)
  • HUMBOLT’S GIFT by Saul Bellow (PP – 1976)

Read the following books in 2011

  • THE BEAK OF THE FINCH by Jonathan Weiner
  • HOUSE MADE OF DAWN by N. Scott Momaday (PP – 1969)
  • THE OPTIMIST’S DAUGHTER by Eudora Welty (PP – 1973)
  • THE FIXER by Bernard Malamud (PP – 1967)
  • TINKERS by Paul Harding (PP – 2010)
  • THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway (PP – 1953)
  • FLASHING WINGS by Richard M. Saunders
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig
  • THE CAINE MUTINY by Herman Wouk (PP – 1952)
  • A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan (PP – 2011)

Read the following books in 2012

  • KINGBIRD HIGHWAY by Kenn Kaufman
  • THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER by William Styron (PP – 1968)
  • TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC by James A Michener (PP- -1948)
  • ELBOW ROOM by James Alan McPherson (PP – 1978)
  • THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG by Norman Mailer (PP – 1980)
  • GUARD OF HONOR by James Gould Cozzens (PP – 1949)
  • CALL COLLECT, ASK FOR BIRDMAN by James M. Vardaman
  • BORDER SONGS by Jim Lynch

Read the following books in 2013

  • FREEDOM by Jonathan Frazen
  • FEATHERS:  The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson
  • THE WAY WEST by A. B. Guthrie Jr. (PP – 1950)
  • BIRDS by Neltje Blanchan
  • ANDERSONVILLE by MacKinlay Kantor (PP – 1956)
  • A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by James Agee (PP – 1958)
  • THE EDGE OF SADNESS by Edwin O’Connor (PP – 1962)
  • A FABLE by William Faulkner (PP – 1955)
  • THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON by Adam Johnson (PP – 2013)
  • THE TRAVELS OF JAMIE McPHEETERS by Robert Lewis Taylor (PP – 1959)

Read the following books in 2014

  • EMERGENCE – THE JOHN BAX STORY by Pat McGrath Avery
  • THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE by Shirley Ann Grau (PP – 1965)
  • THE COLLECTED STORIES OF KATHERINE ANNE PORTER by Katherine Anne Porter (PP – 1966)
  • WINGS IN THE MEADOW by Jo Brewer
  • THE TOWN by Conrad Richter (PP – 1951)
  • ADVISE AND CONSENT by Allen Drury (PP – 1960)
  • ADVENTURES IN BIRDING by Jean Piatt
  • THE COLLECTED STORIES OF JEAN STAFFORD by Jean Stafford (PP – 1970)
  • OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout (PP – 2009)  re-reading this book for the second time

Read the following books in 2015

  • SEVEN FOR A SECRET by Lyndsay Faye
  • THE BOREAL OWL MURDER by Jan Dunlop
  • THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt (PP – 2014)
  • BLUE HIGHWAYS by William Least Heat-Moon
  • THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET by David Mitchell
  • ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (PP – 2015)
  • A NATURALIST IN COSTA RICA by Alexander Kutch

Read the following books in 2016

  • H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald
  • A NATURALIST’S MEXICO by Rolund H. Wauer
  • IRONWEED by William Kennedy (PP – 1984) re-reading this book for the second time
  • RIDING THE EDGE An 83,000 Mile Motorcycle Adventure Around the World by Dave Barr
  • I HATE TO LEAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE a memoir by Howard Norman
  • MY WILD LIFE by Rolund H. Wauer
  • THE SYMPATHIZER by Viet Thanh Nguyen (PP – 2016)
  • AMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth (PP – 1998) re-reading this book for the second time
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY  by Richard Ford (PP – 1996) re-reading this book for the second time, 1st read in 2005

Read the following books in 2017 

  • NATURALIST’S BIG BEND by Roland Wauer and Carl M. Fleming
  • THE KISKADEE OF DEATH by Jan Dunlop
  • LOST AMONG THE BIRDS by Neil Hayward
  • BIRDING THE BORDER:  TALES OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY edited by Nancy Miller and Ron Smith
  • THE LIGHT BETWEEN THE OCEANS by M. L. Stedman
  • INTO THIN AIR by Jon Krakauer
  • SHADOW COUNTRY by Peter Mathiesse
  • THE REUNION by Thomas Conrad
  • THE ENCHANTED by Rene Denfield
  • THE BIRD ARTIST by Howard Norman

 

 

yet to read:

  • THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
  • THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS by Jon Ronson
  • THE PROMISE by Ann Weisgarber
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
  • Birds of Texas by Rolund Wauer
  • A Pitying of Doves by Steve Burrows
  • A Seige of Bitterns by Steve Burrows.
  • Empire of the Summer Moon.
  • One More Warbler by Victor Emanuel
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • Louise Erdrich

 

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One response to “Books I’ve Read – Starting January 2009

  1. the mogg blog

    January 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Their Lonely Betters
    by W. H. Auden

    As I listened from a beach-chair in the shade
    To all the noises that my garden made,
    It seemed to me only proper that words
    Should be withheld from vegetables and birds

    A robin with no Christian name ran through
    The Robin-Anthem which was all it knew,
    And rustling flowers for some third party waited
    To say which pairs, if any, should get mated.

    Not one of them was capable of lying,
    There was not one which knew that it was dying
    Or could have with a rhythm or a rhyme
    Assumed responsibility for time.

    Let them leave language to their lonely betters
    Who count some days and long for certain letters;
    We, too, make noises when we laugh or weep:
    Words are for those with promises to keep.

     

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