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Books I Have Read This Year

  • Janet Malcolm: Two Lives (*****)
  • Ruth Rendell: End In Tears (***)
  • Janet Malcolm: The Crime Of Sheila McGough (****)
  • Janet Malcolm: The Purloined Clinic (***)
  • A. J. Liebling: Back Where I Came From (****)
  • Liu Zhenyen: I Did Not Kill My Husband (*****)
  • Paul French: Midnight In Peking (****)
  • Roger Angell: Let Me Finish (*****)
  • Ian Fleming: From Russia With Love (***)
  • Janet Malcolm: The Journalist And The Murderer (*****)
  • Jade Chang: The Wangs Vs The World (***)
  • Janet Malcolm: Forty-One False Starts (**)
  • Gao Xingjian: Soul Mountain (***)
  • Baroness Orczy: The Old Man In The Corner (****)
  • Robert Coover: The Public Burning (****)
  • Liu Zhenyen: The Cook, The Crook, And The Real Estate Tycoon (****)
  • Italo Calvino: Difficult Loves (***)
  • James Hilton: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (*****)
  • Ian McEwan: The Children Act (****)
  • Roger Angell: This Old Man (*****)
  • Yasunari Kawabata: Thousand Cranes (***)
  • William Wycherley: The Country Wife (***)
  • Janet Malcolm: Iphigenia In Forest Hills (*****)
  • Gyula Krúdy: The Adventures Of Sindbad (**)
  • Albert Camus: Caligula/The Misunderstanding/The Just Assassins (*****)
  • Herman Wouk: Sailor And Fiddler (*****)
  • Simon Winchester: The Man Who Loved China (***)
  • Joan Blondell: Center Door Fancy (****)
  • Jonathan Raban: Surveillance (***)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: Treasure Island (****)
  • James Hilton: Was It Murder? (*****)
  • Eugene O'Neill: Ah, Wilderness/A Touch Of The Poet/Hughie/A Moon For The Misbegotten (*****)
  • Su Tong: Rice (***)
  • Max Beerbohm: The Prince Of Minor Writers (****)
  • Allen Drury: Pentagon (***)
  • Frederic Tuten: The Adventures Of Mao On The Long March (****)
  • John Cheever: Oh What A Paradise It Seems (*****)
  • Han Kang: The Vegetarian (***)
  • P.G. Wodehouse: My Man Jeeves (*****)
  • Norman Mailer: Tough Guys Don't Dance (****)
  • Eugène Ionesco: Four Plays (***)
  • Su Tong: The Boat To Redemption (****)
  • Mary McCarthy: The Humanist In The Bathtub (***)
  • Bertolt Brecht: Galileo (*****)
  • Richard Ben Cramer: Joe DiMaggio (****)
  • (ed.) John Joseph Adams: The Improbable Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (***)
  • Ben Bradlee, Jr.: The Kid (****)
  • E.C. Bentley: Trent's Last Case (***)
  • Mike Westcott: Tales From The Phillies Dugout (*****)
  • Arthur G. Sharp, MA: Not Your Father's Founders (***)
  • Edith Sitwell: Selected Letters (***)
  • William Goldman: Marathon Man (****)
  • William March: The Bad Seed (*****)
  • Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (****)
  • Loren Eiseley: The Invisible Pyramid (***)
  • Kamel Daoud: The Meursault Investigation (***)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Stories (***)
  • (ed.) Otto Penzler: The Big Book Of Sherlock Holmes Stories (*****)
  • J. Michael Lennon: Norman Mailer A Double Life (****)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Crack-Up (***)
  • Kingsley Amis: Lucky Jim (*****)
  • Max Barry: Company (***)
  • Herman Melville: Typee (***)
  • Anthony Burgess: The Complete Enderby (*)
  • Chinua Achebe: Things Fall Apart (****)
  • Philip Roth: The Plot Against America (*****)
  • Shūsaku Endō: Silence (****)
  • T.S. Eliot: The Waste Land And Other Poems (***)
  • Hideo Yokoyama: Six Four (***)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: The Sirens Of Titan (****)
  • The MX Book Of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part I: 1881-1889 (****)
  • Spike Milligan: The Essential (***)
  • (ed.) Graydon Carter: Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells The Best Of Early Vanity Fair (****)
  • Roger Angell: A Day In The Life Of Roger Angell (****)
  • Susan Barker: The Incarnations (**)
  • Gore Vidal: The Judgment Of Paris (****)
  • Sinclair Lewis: Go East, Young Man (****)
  • Anne Bernays & Justin Kaplan: Back Then (****)
  • Peter Fleming: One's Company (****)
  • Robert Walser: Fairy Tales (****)
  • Jules Renard: Nature Stories (***)
  • Deborah Blum: The Poisoner's Handbook (****)
  • Thomas Hughes: Tom Brown's School Days (****)
  • John McPhee: Table Of Contents (**)
  • Barbara W. Tuchman: Notes From China (*****)
  • Can Xue: Vertical Motion (***)
  • David Eimer: The Emperor Far Away (****)
  • Louis Auchincloss: The Golden Calves (**)
  • Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov: Dear Bunny, Dear Volodya (****)
  • Al Morgan: The Great Man (*****)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.: While Mortals Sleep (*****)
  • Thornton Wilder: The Cabala & The Woman Of Andros (**)
  • Margaret Mitchell: Gone With The Wind (****)
  • Robert Graves: I, Claudius (*****)
  • Ian Graham: The Ultimate Book Of Impostors (****)
  • Robert Graves: Claudius The God (*****)
  • Horatio Alger, Jr.: Struggling Upward (*****)
  • William Goldman: Brothers (***)
  • John Steinbeck: The Pearl (***)
  • David James Duncan: The Brothers K (***)
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter (***)
  • Tom Sharpe: Wilt In Nowhere (*****)
  • E.F. Benson: Night Terrors (**)
  • Truman Capote: Other Voices, Other Rooms (****)
  • Pearl S. Buck: Imperial Woman (***)
  • Charles Lamb (Elia): Selected Prose (****)
  • Gore Vidal: Messiah (*****)
  • John Tullius: I'd Rather Be A Yankee (****)
  • Chuck Berry: The Autobiography (****)
  • Ralph Ellison: Shadow And Act (***)
  • Trevanian: The Eiger Sanction (****)
  • Elizabeth Jolley: Foxybaby (***)
  • Norman Mailer: The Armies Of The Night (****)
  • Richard Brautigan: A Confederate General From Big Sur (****)
  • Ismail Kadare: The Successor (***)
  • Norman Mailer: Miami And The Siege Of Chicago (****)
  • Buzz Aldrin: Magnificent Desolation (***)
  • Philip Roth: Exit Ghost (****)
  • Haruki Murakami: After Dark (**)
  • Wilkie Collins: The Woman In White (****)
  • Clifford Irving: Final Argument (***)
  • The Mammoth Book Of New Sherlock Holmes Stories (****)
  • Roger Kahn: The Head Game (****)
  • Gilbert Seldes: The Stammering Century (****)
  • John Aubrey: Brief Lives (****)
  • Jules Verne: Around The World In Eighty Days (*****)
  • Roger Kahn: Rickey & Robinson (****)
  • Roy White: "Then Roy Said To Mickey..." (****)
  • Martial: Epigrams (****)
  • James Joyce: A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man (****)
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