What I Read in 2011


The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande

The Big Short, by Michael Lewis

Irrepressible, by Leslie Brody

Paris Underground, by Mark Ovenden

1989, by Mary Elise Sarotte

The Egg and I, by Betty McDonald

Hitch-22, by Christopher Hitchens

The Left at War, by Michael Berube

The Bishop’s Daughter, by Honor Moore

Freedom is Not Enough, by James Patterson

Lives Like Loaded Guns, by Lyndall Gordon

Never Say Die, by Susan Jacoby

The Tenth Parallel, by Eliza Griswold

Rebels in White Gloves, by Miriam Horn

House of Happy Endings, by Leslie Garis

The City in History, by Lewis Mumford

Crazy U, by Andrew Ferguson

What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?, by Michael Berube

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, by Amy Chua

Listen to This, by Alex Ross

Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, by Rhoda Janzen

Hellhound on His Trail, by Hampton Sides

River of Doubt, by Candice Millard

Real Boys, by William Pollack

Seaworthy, by Linda Greenlaw

Alone Together, by Sherry Turkle

Cheap, by Ellen Ruppel Shell

At Home, by Bill Bryson

A Whale Hunt, by Robert Sullivan

Horse of a Different Color, by Jim Squires

The Blind Side, by Michael Lewis

Confidence Men, by Ron Suskind

Idiot America, by Charles Pierce

Musicophilia, by Oliver Sacks

New Kids, by Brooke Hauser


Joy in the Morning, by Evelyn Waugh

Old Filth, by Jane Gardam

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

Little Earthquakes, by Jennifer Weiner

Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon

Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie

Girls of Riyadh, by Rajaa Alsanea

The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman

Beloved, by Toni Morrison

Great House, by Nicole Krauss

A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

Olive Kitteredge, by Elizabeth Strout

A Very Long Engagement, by Sebastien Japrisot

Amsterdam, by Ian McEwan

Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell

Three Stages of Amazement, by Carol Edgarian

The Wings of the Dove, by Henry James

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell

Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey

The Beans of Egypt, Maine, by Carolyn Chute

Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson

Snakewoman of Little Egypt, by Robert Hellenga

The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

The Stranger’s Child, by Alan Hollinghurst

She’s Come Undone, by Wally Lamb

Free Food for Millionaires, by Min Jin Lee

22 Britannia Road, by Amanda Hodgkinson

The American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin

The Barbarian Nurseries, by Hector Tobar

Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland

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