Reading list

A simple run-down of the books I’ve been reading arranged by the dates on which I finished them. Each has a blurb or link to a slightly longer review.

2015

September

17  Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia | Peter Pomerantsev
11  Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup | Andrew Zimbalist
10  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot | David Shafer
9    A Theory of the Drone | Grégoire Chamayou
8   The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered | Laura Auricchio

August

21   The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom | Blaine Harden
17   Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free | Charles P. Pierce
12   The Shipping News | Annie Proulx
11   The Candidate: What It Takes to Win – and Hold – The White House Samuel L. Popkin

July

31   The Natural | Bernard Malamud
1   Second Person Singular | Sayed Kashua

May
25   Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage | Haruki Murakami
29   Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature | Robert Darnton
Beer: A Global History | Gavin D. Smith

April
22   Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade | Walter Kirn

March

19   Paris to the Moon | Adam Gopnik

February

28   Guantánamo Diary | Mohamedou Ould Slahi
27   Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners | Michael Erard
24   Inherent Vice | Thomas Pynchon
11   Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon | Lesley Adkins
9   Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
8   The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present | Christine Sansell
4   J’accuse! | Émile Zola
Churchill’s War Leadership | Martin Gilbert

2014


December

23   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   Philip K. Dick
22   The Rise and Fall of Great Powers   Tom Rachman
19   The Bone Clocks   David Mitchell
18   Hitchcock   François Truffaut   A (large) book-length interview with Alfred Hitchcock will always be interesting, but even more so when the man asking the questions is none other than fellow cinematic master François Truffaut. The original interview was conducted over 50+ hours in 1962 during final editing of The Birds and published in 1966; this copy is a revised edition that also takes into account Hitchcock’s post-’67 work. Highly recommended for Hitchcock-, Truffaut-, or film-buffs in general.
17   Class   Jilly Cooper   [link to review]

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