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Books I Have Read This Year

  • Garth Risk Hallberg: City On Fire (****)
  • C. Y. Lee: The Flower Drum Song (****)
  • John Gardner: Nickel Mountain (***)
  • Lola M. Schaeffer: Martin Luther King, Jr. (*****)
  • Ningkun Wu with Yikai Li: A Single Tear (*****)
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Wait Till Next Year (*****)
  • Bernard Malamud: Dubin's Lives (***)
  • Richard Mason: The World Of Suzie Wong (****)
  • Yu Hua: To Live (*****)
  • John O'Hara: The Cape Cod Lighter (*****)
  • Alistair Cooke: Letter From America, 1946-2004 (***)
  • P. G. Wodehouse: Mulliner Nights (*****)
  • Jonathan D. Spence: The Chan's Great Continent (***)
  • Feodor Dostoevsky: The Gambler (*****)
  • George Eliot: Scenes Of Clerical Life (**)
  • Peter Benchley: The Deep (***)
  • Ezra F. Vogel: Deng Xiaoping And The Transformation Of China (****)
  • Yu Hua: Brothers (***)
  • Edmund Wilson: To The Finland Station (***)
  • Steven Hall: The Raw Shark Texts (***)
  • Terry Eagleton: Why Marx Was Right (****)
  • Kory Stamper: Word By Word (****)
  • Geremie Barmé & John Minford: Seeds Of Fire: Chinese Voices Of Conscience (*****)
  • T. Harry Williams: Lincoln And His Generals (****)
  • Ron Darling: Game 7, 1986 (****)
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.: Cruising Speed (***)
  • Gale Sayers: I Am Third (****)
  • Bruce Markusen: Tales From The Mets Dugout (*****)
  • Michael Tunison: The Football Fan's Manifesto (*****)
  • Marguerite Duras: The Lover (*****)
  • Rob Neyer: Big Book Of Baseball Legends (*****)
  • P. G. Wodehouse: The Return Of Jeeves (****)
  • Nordhoff and Hall: Mutiny On The Bounty (*)
  • Edgar Lee Masters: Spoon River Anthology (*****)
  • Robert Frost: Early Poems (*****)
  • Tom Robbins: Still Life With Woodpecker (****)
  • Raymond Carver: Where I'm Calling From (****)
  • Terry Francona & Dan Shaughnessy: Francona (****)
  • Bertolt Brecht: Mr. Puntila And His Man Matti (*****)
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson: Selected Poems (*****)
  • Wilton Olmstedd (ed. Edward Anthony): How To Get Rid Of A Woman (*****)
  • Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee: Inherit The Wind (*****)
  • Henry & Katherine Bellamann: Parris Mitchell Of Kings Row (****)
  • Jo Nesbø: Headhunters (****)
  • H. G. Wells: The Invisible Man (****)
  • Mark Salzman: Iron And Silk (*****)
  • Walker Percy: The Second Coming (**)
  • George Orwell: Homage To Catalonia (***)
  • Lawrence Sanders: Private Pleasures (***)
  • Joseph Wambaugh: The Black Marble (**)
  • Deborah Fallows: Dreaming In Chinese (****)
  • Rudolf Flesch: The ABC Of Style (*****)
  • Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer: Hissing Cousins (****)
  • Robert W. Creamer: Babe: The Legend Comes To Life (*****)
  • Lawrence Sanders: The First Deadly Sin (****)
  • Robert Wilder: Written On The Wind (***)
  • Thomas Hardy: Jude The Obscure (***)
  • Jaroslav Hašek: The Good Soldier Švejk (****)
  • Norman Mailer: Pieces And Pontifications (****)
  • James Herriot: Every Living Thing (*****)
  • Lao She: Rickshaw Boy (*****)
  • Jim Bouton: Ball Four (*****)
  • William Golding: Lord Of The Flies (****)
  • Su Tong: My Life As Emperor (****)
  • Su Tong: Raise The Red Lantern (*****)
  • Lloyd C. Douglas: Magnificent Obsession (***)
  • Eric Clapton: Clapton: The Autobiography (**)
  • Paul Collins: The Murder Of The Century (****)
  • Su Tong: Madwoman On The Bridge (****)
  • Can Xue: Five Spice Street (****)
  • Kurt Vonnegut: Jailbird (*****)
  • Paula Fox: Borrowed Finery (***)
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