Books Read Listed by Publication Date

Titles are grouped first by fiction titles (if any), then by nonfiction titles (including biographies, memoirs, letters, etc.). Titles published in the same year are listed alphabetically.

2016

Nonfiction

  • How to Talk about Places You’ve Never Been (2016) by Pierre Bayard [2016]
  • Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff (2016) by Alison Stewart [2016]
  • Practicing Death (2016) by Dennis Van Avery [2016]
  • Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden (2016) by Vita Sackville-West & Sarah Raven [2016]
  • This Thing We Call Literature (2016) by Arthur Krystal [2016]

2015

Nonfiction

  • Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story (2015) by Michael Rosen [2016]
  • And Yet…: Essays (2015) by Christopher Hitchens [2016]
  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2015) by Mary Norris [2015]
  • Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, & Living with Books (2015) by Michael Dirda [2016]
  • Lafayette in The Somewhat United States (2015) by Sarah Vowell [2018]
  • Latest Readings (2015) by Clive James [2016]
  • Meanwhile, There are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald (2015) [2016] edited by Suzanne Marrs & Tom Nolan
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (2015) by Andrea Wulf [2016]

2014

Fiction

  • All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr [2016]
  • Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson [2015]
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (2014) by Rachel Joyce [2015]

Nonfiction

  • An Atheist’s History of Belief (2014) by Matthew Kneale [2015]
  • Bettyville: A Memoir (2014) by George Hodgman [2016]
  • Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made (2014) by Tom Wilkinson [2015]
  • By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from ‘The New York Times Book Review’ (2014) edited by Pamela Paul [2015]
  • Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Ÿ(2014) [2016]
  • How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (2014)
    by Bart D. Ehrman [2016]
  • In a Green Shade: Writings from ‘Homeground’ (2014) by Allen Lacy [2016]
  • Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris (2014) by Edmund White [2015]
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing (2014) by Nina Sankovitch [2014]
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace (2014) by Anne Lamott [2015]
  • The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (2014) by Michael Harris [2015]
  • The Meaning of Human Existence (2014) by Edward O. Wilson [2016]
  • The News: A User’s Manual (2014) by Alain de Botton [2015]
  • The Shelf: Adventures in Extreme Reading (2014) by Phyllis Rose [2015]
  • The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-so-Great Ones) Saved My Life (2014) by Andy Miller [2016]

2013

Fiction

  • I Loved You More (2013) by Tom Spanbauer [2014]
  • Life After Life (2013) by Kate Atkinson [2013]
  • The Goldfinch (2013) by Donna Tartt [2015]

Nonfiction

  • A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984 (2013) by Glenway Wescott [2016]
  • Distant Intimacy: A Friendship in the Age of the Internet (2013) by Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein [2013]
  • Dwelling in Possibility (2013) by Howard Mansfield [2014]
  • Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father (2013) by Alysia Abbott [2013]
  • How Literature Saved My Life (2013) by David Shields [2013]
  • Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks (2013) by Keith Houston [2014]
  • Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair (2013) by Anne Lamott [2014]
  • The Faraway Nearby (2013) by Rebecca Solnit [2014]
  • The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing (2013) by Ewan Clayton [2016]
  • The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible (2013) annotated by Steve Wells [2016]
  • To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing (2013) by Simon Garfield [2014]

2012

Fiction

  • Sea Change (2012) by Ken Anderson [2014]
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce [2015]

Nonfiction

  • Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument  for Jesus of Nazareth (2012) by Bart D. Ehrman [2012]
  • Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America (2012) by Christopher Bram [2012]
  • Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (2012) by Chris Stedman [2014]
  • For the Love of Letters: The Joy of Slow Communication (2012) by John O’Connell [2013]
  • Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand (2012) by William J. Mann [2015]
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (2012)  by Anna Quindlen [2012]
  • Midstream: An Unfinished Memoir (2012) by Reynolds Price [2012]
  • Mortality (2012) by Christopher Hitchens [2012]
  • One for the Books (2012) by Joe Queenan [2013]
  • Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples (2012) by Rodger Streitmatter [2012]
  • Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down (2012) by Rosecrans Baldwin[2014]
  • Phantoms on the Bookshelves (2012) by Jacques Bonnet [translated from the French] [2013]
  • The End of Your Life Book Club (2012) by Will Schwalbe [2015]
  • The Retirement Maze: What You Should Know Before and After You Retire (2012) by Rob Pascale, Louis H. Primavera, and Rip Roach [2014]
  • Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life (2012)
    by Daniel Klein [2016]
  • What Are Gardens For? (2012) by Rory Stuart [2015]

2011

Fiction

  • Cain (2011) by Jose Saramago [2011]

Nonfiction

  • A Real Life: Restoring What Matters: Family, Good Friends, and a True Community (2011) by Ferenc Mate [2014]
  • Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World without Becoming a Bore (2011) by Peter L. Berger [2012]
  • Divinity of Doubt: The God Question (2011) by Vincent Bugliosi [2011]
  • Fiction Ruined My Family (2011) by Jeanne Darst [2002]
  • Forged: Writing in the Name of God – Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are (2011) by Bart D. Ehrman [2011]
  • Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation (2011) by Andrea Wulf [2011]
  • God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist  and Other Magical Tales (2011) by Penn Jillette [2012]
  • High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky (2011) by Joshua David and Robert Hammond [2012]
  • Just My Type: A Book about Fonts (2011) by Simon Garfield [2102]
  • Letters to a Friend (2011) by Diana Athill [2012]
  • The Better Angel of Our Natures: Why Violence Has Declined (2011) by Steven Pinker [which, merely because it is over 800 pages long, I managed to read only several portions of] [2011]
  • The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City (2011) by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Het [2012]
  • The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries (2011) edited by Mark Thompson [2012]
  • The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays on How We Live Now (2011) edited by George Levine [2012]
  • The Other Walk: Essays (2011) by Sven Birkerts [2012]
  • The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens (2011) edited by Windsor Mann [2012]
  • The Wit and Blasphemy of Atheists (2011) compiled by Jonathan C. Criswell [2012]
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading (2011) by Nina Sankovitch [2011]
  • What There Is to Say, We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell (2011) edited by Suzanne Marrs [2015]
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011) by Jeanette Winterson [2015]

2010

Fiction

  • A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans (2010) by W. Bruce Cameron [2011]

Nonfiction

  • A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster (2010) by Wendy Moffat [2011]
  • Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism (2010) by Scott Herring [2011]
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (2010) by Bill Bryson [2010]
  • Blood Strangers: A Memoir (2010) by Katherine A. Briccetti [2011]
  • Design and Truth (2010) by Robert Grudin  [2011]
  • Every Day in Tuscany (2010) by Frances Mayes [2010]
  • Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older (2010) by Sydney Eddison [2016]
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (2010) edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman [2011]
  • Grant Wood: A Life (2010) by R. Tripp Evans [2011]
  • Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life (2010) by Barbara Hammer [2011]
  • How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (2010) by Sarah Bakewell [2015]
  • Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (2010) by Emma Donoghue [2011]
  • King Kong Theory (2010) by Virginie Despentes (translated from the French by Stephanie Benson) [2011]
  • Madre and I: A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives (2010) by Guillermo Reyes [2011]
  • Mornings with Mailer: A Recollection of Friendship (2010) by Dwayne Raymond [2011]
  • Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (2010) by David Shields [2013]
  • Retirementology: Rethinking the American Dream in a New Economy (2010) by Gregory Salsbury [2010]
  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tatto Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2010) byJustin Spring [2011]
  • Smothered in Hugs: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries (2010) by Dennis Cooper [2011]
  • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight about Animals (2010) by Hal Herzog [2011]
  • Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil War Story (2010) by Ana Maria Spagna
  • The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas (2010) edited by Robin Harvie and Stephanie Meyers [2011]
  • The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir (2010) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell [2011]
  • The Cheapskate Next Door (2010) by Jeff Yeager [2010]
  • The Collected Prose, 1948-1998 (2010) by Zbigniew Herbert [2010]
  • The Professor and Other Essays (2010) by Terry Castle [2011]
  • The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South (2010) by Brock Thompson [2011]
  • The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book about Noise (2010) by Garret Keizer  [2011]
  • Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (2010) by Philip Gambone [2011]
  • Where’s My Wand? One Boy’s Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting (2010) by Eric Poole [2011]

2009

Fiction

  • The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett [2011]
  • Tinkers (2009) by Paul Harding [2011]

Nonfiction

  • A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (2009) by Dennis Baron [2010]
  • Beauty (2009) by Roger Scruton [2010]
  • Death (2009) by Todd May [2013]
  • Eating Animals (2009) by Jonathan Safran Foer [2010]
  • God’s Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms (2009) by Peter Sloterdijk [2012]
  • How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work (2009) by Jeff Bredenberg [2009]
  • How to Love (2009) by Gordon Livingston [2009]
  • Howard’s End is On the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home (2009) by Susan Hill [2011]
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions of the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know about Them) (2009) by Bart D. Ehrman [2009]
  • Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy (2009) by Roger Collins [2009]
  • Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (2009) by Paula Byrne [2014]
  • On Kindness (2009) by Adam Phillips & Barbara Taylor [2010]
  • Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal (2009) by Julie Metz [2010]
  • Pink Zinnia: Poems and Stories (2009) by Franklin Abbott [2010]
  • Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009) by Terry Eagleton [2012]
  • Redemption Stories: Unwasted Pain (2009) by Mary Ciofalo [2010]
  • Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols (2009)  edited by Roy C. Dicks [2010]
  • Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (2009) by Pema Chodron [2010]
  • The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food (2009) by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson [2011]
  • The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved & Why It Endures (2009) by Nicholas Wade [2011]
  • The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects (2009) by Deyan Sudjic [2009]
  • The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws (2009) by Margaret Drabble [2010]
  • The Story about the Story: Great Writers Explore Great Literature (2009) edited by J.C. Hallman [2010]
  • Venice: Pure City (2009) by Peter Ackroyd [2010]
  • Yours, Ever: People and Their Letters (2009) by Thomas Fallon [2015]

2008

Fiction

  • The Angel’s Game (2008) by Carlos Ruiz Zafron [2012]
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows [2010]

Nonfiction

  • A Book of Silence (2008) by Sara Maitland [2010]
  • Books: A Memoir (2008) by Larry McMurtry [2010]
  • Days of Reading (2008) by Marcel Proust [2010]
  • Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition (2008) by Robert Pogue Harrison [2011]
  • God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question: Why We Suffer (2008) by Bart D. Ehrman [2008]
  • House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family (2008) by Paul Fisher [2013]
  • How Beautiful It Is, And How Easily Broken: Essays (2008) by Daniel Mendelsohn [2008]
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) by Michael Pollan [2009]
  • My Unwritten Books (2008) by George Steiner [2008]
  • On the Dot: The Speck That Changed the World (2008) by Alexander Humez and Nicholas Humez [2014]
  • Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications (2008) by Marlene Wagman-Geller [2015]
  • Seeking Provence: Old Myths, New Paths (2008) by Nicholas Woodsworth [2014]
  • The House Always Wins:…Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream House (2008) by Marni Jameson [2008]
  • The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East,  Africa, and Asia – and How It Died (2008) by Philip Jenkins [2009]
  • The Thing about Life is that One Day You’ll Be Dead (2008) by David Shields [2013]
  • When God is Gone Everything is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist (2008) by Chet Raymo [2008]
  • Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss (2008) by Martha Weinman Lear [2008]

2007

Fiction

  • The Uncommon Reader: A Novella (2007) by Alan Bennett [2007]

Nonfiction

  • A Day in Tuscany: More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide (2007) by Dario Castagno [2007]
  • Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone (2007) edited by Jenni Ferrari Adler [2009]
  • Constantine’s Bible: Politics and the Making of  the New Testament (2007) by David L. Dungan [2007]
  • Digging In: Tending to Life in Your Own Back Yard (2007) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • Epigrams of Oscar Wilde (2007) [2013]
  • Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Divide (2007) by David Weinberger [2007]
  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the World (2007) by Anthony Doerr [2009]
  • God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007) by Christopher Hitchens [2012]
  • No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice (2007) by Judith Martin [2011]
  • The French Riviera:  A Literary Guide for Travellers (2007) by Ted Jones [2008]
  • The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman (2007) edited by Stephen Pascal [2013]
  • The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think is Right is Wrong: A History of What Really Makes Us Happy (2007) by Jennifer Michael Hecht  [2011]
  • The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria (2007) by Marlena de Blasi [2007]
  • The Not So Big Life (2007) by Sarah Susanka  [2011]

2006

Fiction

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2006) by Muriel Barbery [2011]
  • Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile (2006) by Verlyn Klinkenborg [2010]

Nonfiction

  • A Book Addict’s Treasury (2006) compiled by Julie Rugg and Lynda Murphy [2007]
  • A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization (2006) by Jonathan Kirsch [2007]
  • A Temple of Texts: Essays (2006) by William H. Gass [2006]
  • Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s (2006) by R.A. Scotti  [2006]
  • Beautiful Madness: One Man’s Journey through Other People’s Gardens (2006) by James Dodson [2006]
  • Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (2006) by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein [2010]
  • Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life (2006) by Michael Dirda [2006]
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) by Alison Bechdel [2007]
  • Give It Up: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less (2006) by Mary Carlomagno  [2006]
  • Home by Another Way: Notes from the Caribbean (2006) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live (2006) by Winifred Gallagher [2006]
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (2006) by Sam Harris [2012]
  • Love, Life, Goethe: Lessons of the Imagination from the Great German Poet (2006) by John Armstrong [2007]
  • Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit (2006) by Joshua Foa Dienstag  [2007]
  • Provence A-Z (2006) by Peter Mayle [2012]
  • Satyr Square: A Year,  A Life in Rome (2006) by Leonard Barkan [2007]
  • Sheetrock and Shellac: A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Art and Science of Home Improvement (2006) by David Owen [2007]
  • The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life (2006) by John Maeda [2010]
  • The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think about the Rest of Your Life (2006) by Lee Eisenberg [2006]
  • The Secret Pulse of Time: Making Sense of Life’s Scarcest Commodity (2006) by Stefan Klein [2009]
  • The Way We Are (2006) by Allen Wheelis  [2006]
  • Untold Stories (2006) by Alan Bennett [2007]

2005

Fiction

  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005) by Jonathan Safran Foer [2010]
  • The Historian (2005) by Elizabeth Kostova [2008]
  • The Last Templar (2005) by Raymond Khoury [2013]
  • The Third Secret (2005) by Steve Berry [2010]

 Nonfiction

  • A Man Without a Country (2005) by Kurt Vonnegut [2006]
  • A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit (2005) by Alan Lightman [2005]
  • Afterwords: Letters on the Death of Virginia Woolf (2005) edited by Sybil Oldfield [2014]
  • Artists’ Houses (2005) by Gerard Georges Lemaire [2012]
  • Assassination Vacation (2005) by Sarah Vowell [2006]
  • At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past (2005) by A. Roger Ekirch [2011]
  • Bird Songs of the Mezozoic: A Day Hiker’s Guide to the Nearby Wild (2005) by David Brendan Hopes [2005]
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2005) by Amy Krause Rosenthal [2006]
  • Four-Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life (2005) by Leslie Lisle [2006]
  • Homescaping: Designing Your Landscape to Match Your Home (2005) by Anne Halpin [2006]
  • How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher (2005) by Simon Barnes [2007]
  • Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life (2005) by Bob and Melinda Blanchard [2006]
  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (2005) by Bart D. Ehrman [2006]
  • On Seeing and Noticing (2005) by Alain de Botton [2012]
  • On the Road with Francis Assisi: A Timeless Journey through Umbria and Tuscany, and Beyond (2005) by Linda Bird Franke  [2006]
  • On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness (2005) by Elizabeth J. Andrew [2006]
  • Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House (2005) by Sally Gable  [2006]
  • Pumping Irony: Working Out the Angst of a Lifetime (2005) by Tony Kornheiser [2008]
  • The Bible and the People (2005) by Lori Anne Ferrell [2009]
  • The Emotional House: How Redesigning Your Home Can Change Your Life (2005) by Kathryn L. Robyn and Dawn Ritchie [2007]
  • The Grand Contraption: The World as Myth, Number, and Chance(2005) by David Park [2005]
  • The Letters of Lytton Strachey (2005) edited by By Paul Levy [2006]
  • The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life (2005) by Steve Leveen [2005]
  • The Poet’s Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke (2005) edited by Ulrich Baer [2006]
  • The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian (2005) by Phil Doran  [2005]
  • The Smiles of Rome: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers (2005) edited by Susan Cahill [2005]
  • The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (2005) by Stanley Kunitz [2006]
  • The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism (2005) by James Geary [2006]
  • The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) by Joan Didion [2006]
  • This I Believe: An A to Z of Life (2005) by Carlos Fuentes [2005]
  • Virginia Woolf’s Nose: Essays on Biography (2005) by Hermione Lee [2006]
  • When Do Fish Sleep? (2005) by David Feldman [2005]

2004

Fiction

  • Author, Author (2004) by David Lodge [2012]
  • Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell [2011]
  • Gilead (2004) by Marilynne Robinson [2012]
  • The Master (2004) by Colm Toibin [2005]
  • The Rule of Four (2004) by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason [2005]
  • The Shadow of the Wind (translated from the Spanish, 2004) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [2005]
  • A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom from An Unconventional Woman (2004) by Joan Anderson [2013]
  • Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (2004) by John O’Donohue [2004]
  • Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy (2004) by Frances Mayes  [2006]
  • Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand (2004) by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson [2015]

Nonfiction

  • A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections on a Year of Books (2004) by Alberto Manguel [2005]
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany (2004) by Marlena de Blasi [2007]
  • An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain (2004) by Diane Ackerman [2004]
  • Arts and Letters (2004) by Edmund White [2005]
  • Autumn Years: Taking the Contemplative Path (2004) by Robert H. King and Elizabeth M. King [2006]
  • Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (2004) by Eric Brende  [2005]
  • Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch (2004) by Hollis Gillespie [2004]
  • Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity  (2004) by Christopher Reed [2005]
  • Both: A Portrait in Two Parts (2004) by Douglas Crase [2005]
  • Cottage for Sale (Must Be Moved) (2004) by Kate Whouley [2005]
  • Dante in Love: The World’s Greatest Poem and How It Made History (2004) by Harriet Rubin [2004]
  • Earthly Delights: Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way (2004) by Margot Rochester [2010]
  • Hydrangeas for American Gardens (2004) by Michael A. Dirr [2005]
  • Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City (2004) by Anna Quindlen [2004]
  • In Praise of Slowness (2004) by Carl Honore [2004]
  • Islands of the Mind: How the Human Imagination Created the Atlantic World (2004) by John Gillis [2015]
  • Letters to a Spiritual Seeker  (edited 2004 by Bradley P. Dean ) by Henry David Thoreau [2005]
  • London: A City Revealed (2004) by the [British] Automobile Association [2010]
  • Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004) by Mary Oliver [2005]
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories (2004)  by Augusten Burroughs
  • Name All the Animals: A Memoir (2004) by Alison Smith [2006]
  • Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life’s Smaller Challenges (2004) by Guy Browning [2006]
  • Sacred Home: Creating Shelter for Your Soul  (2004) by Laurine Morrison Meyer [2006]
  • Status Anxiety (2004) by Alain de Botton  [2004]
  • The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism (2003) by Penelope Fitzgerald [2004]
  • The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2004) by Sam Harris [2012]
  • The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (2004) by Colin Woodard [2008]
  • The Polysyllabic Spree (2004) by Nick Hornby [2012]
  • The Polysyllabic Spree: Essays from ‘The Believer’ Magazine (2004) by Nick Nornby [2005]
  • The Wabi-Sabi House (2004) by Robyn Griggs Lawrence [2007]
  • Too Much Tuscan Sun: Confessions of a Chianti Tourguide (2004) by Dario Castagno  [2005]
  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now (2004) by Gordon Livingston [2007]
  • Vegetarian America: A History (2004) by Karen Iacobbo and Michael Iacobbo [2006]

2003

Fiction

  • The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown [2003]

Nonfiction

  • A Country Life: At Home in the English Countryside (2003) by Roy Strong [2003]
  • Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 (2003) by Virginia Nicholson [2004]
  • Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement (2003) by Leonard Koren [2009]
  • As of This Writing: The Essential Essays, 1968-2002 (2003) by Clive James [2016]
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson [the 2003 abridged audiobook narrated by Boyd Gaines] [2013]
  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003) by Elaine Pagels [2004]
  • Bright Earth: The Invention of Color (2003) by Philip Bal [2004]
  • Central Park: An American Masterpiece (2003) by Sara Miller [2003]
  • City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican (2003) by John Follain [2004]
  • Doubt: A History (2003) by Jennifer Hecht  [2005]
  • Gullible’s Travels: The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist (2003) by Cash Peters [2006]
  • How to Be Alone (2003) by Jonathan Franzen [2007]
  • Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others (2003) by Philip Hornden [2008]
  • Library: An Unquiet History (2003) by Matthew Battles [2003]
  • Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain (2003) by Antonio Damasio [2013]
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (2003) by Bart D. Ehrman [2005]
  • Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto (2003) by Anneli Rufus [2003]
  • Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning (2003) by Gary Eberle [2003]
  • Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books (2003) by Paul Collins [2011]
  • So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading (2003) by Sara Nelson [2013]
  • So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance (2003) by Gabriel Zaid [2004]
  • Stillness: Daily Gifts of Meditation (2003) by Richard Mahler [2003]
  • The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome (2003) by Michael Parenti [2004]
  • The Dominion of the Dead (2003) by Robert Pogue Harrison [2005]
  • The Empire of Tea: The Remarkable History of the Plant that Took Over the World (2003) by Alan Macfarlane and Iris Macfarlane [2005]
  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary(2003) by Simon Winchester [2005]
  • The Rural Life (2003) by Verlyn Klinkenorg [2003]
  • The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde (2003) by Neil McKenna [2005]
  • Venice for Lovers (2003) by Louis Begley and Anita Muhlstein [2009]

2002

Fiction

  • Carter Beats the Devil (2002) by Glen David Gold [2005]
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002) by Stephen Carter [2004]
  • The Last Girls (2002) by Lee Smith [2004]
  • The Secret Life of Bees (2002) by Sue Monk [2003]
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass (2002) [for a Quaker book club meeting] [2009]
  • Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown (2002)by Michael Cunningham [2004]

Nonfiction

  • A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance (2002) by Marlena de Blasi [2004]
  • Counting My Chickens…and Other Home Thoughts (2002) by Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire  [2010]
  • Enough about You: Adventures in Autobiography (2002) by David Shields [2013]
  • Florence: A Delicate Case (2002) by David Leavitt [2004]
  • French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in France (2002) by Richard Goodman [2016 & 2002]
  • Glenway Wescott Personally (2002) by Jerry Rosco [2004]
  • Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces (2002) by Wistawa Szymborska [2004]
  • Our Paris: Sketches from Memory (2002) by Edmund White [2005]
  • Out in the Garden: Growing a Beautiful Life (2002) by Drew Riddle [2005]
  • The Art of Travel (2002) by Alain de Botton [2003]
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) by Sarah Vowell [2003]
  • Tuscany: True Stories (2002) edited by James O’Reilly and Tara Austen Weaver [2009]
  • Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2002) edited by Gary Schmidt and Susan M. Felch [2014]

2001

Fiction

  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2001) by Dai Sijie [2003]
  • Bel Canto (2001) by Ann Patchett [2003]
  • Ex Libris (2001) by Ross King [2003]

Nonfiction

  • Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S (2001)by Beppe Severgnini [2007]
  • For Your Eyes Alone (2001) by Robertson Davies [2002]
  • From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden (2001) by Amy Stewart [2012 & 2001]
  • Gardeners, Gurus & Grubs: The Stories of Garden Inventors & Inventions (2001) by George Drower [2001]
  • Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions about the Real Nature  of the Universe (2001) by Neil F. Comins [2012]
  • In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible (2001) by Alistair McGrath [2002]
  • John Adams (2001)  by David McCullough [the audiobook, read by Edward Herrmann] [2010]
  • Mysteries of Terra Firma: The Age and Evolution of the Earth (2001) by James Lawrence Powell [2005]
  • On Beauty and Being Just (2001) by Elaine Scarry [2006]
  • Speak What We Feel, Not What We Ought to Say: Reflections on Literature and Faith (2001)  by Frederick Buechner [2007]
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World (2001) by Michael Pollan [2001]
  • The Calendar: History, Lore, and Legend (2001) by Jacqueline de Bourgoing. (Translated from the French by David J. Baker and Dorie B. Baker) [2014]
  • The Devil’s Details: A History of Footnotes (2001) by Chuck Zerby [2002]
  • The Element of Lavishness: Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell, 1938-1978 (2001) edited by Michael Steinman [2015]
  • Venice Revealed: An Intimate Portrait (2001) by Paolo Barbero [2004]
  • Virginia Woolf  (2001) by Mary Ann Caws [2005]
  • Where Books Fall Open: A Reader’s Anthology of Wit & Passion (2001) by Bascone [2002]

2000

Fiction

  • Angels and Demons (2000) by Dan Brown [2004]
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) by Dave Eggars [2002]

Nonfiction

  • A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany (2000) by Paul Gervais [2009]
  • Abounding Grace: An Anthology of Wisdom (2000) edited by M. Scott Peck  [2011]
  • Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece (2000) by Hugo Vickers [2012]
  • As the Romans Do: The Delights, Dramas, and Daily Diversion of Life in the Eternal City (2000) by Alan Epstein [2004]
  • Bodies in Motion and At Rest (2000) by Thomas Lynch [2001]
  • Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas (2000) by Douglas Murray [2002]
  • Bosie: The Man, The Poet, the Lover of Oscar Wilde (2000) by Douglas Murray [2005]
  • Boswell’s Presumptious Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson(2000) by Adam Sisman [2001]
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome (2000) by Ross King [2003]
  • Cathedrals of Kudzu (2000) by Hal Crowther
  • Creating the Cottage Garden in North America (2000) by Stephen Westcott Gratton [2007]
  • Feasting the Heart (2000) by Reynolds Price [2001]
  • Founding Brothers (2000) by Joseph J. Ellis [2013]
  • From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life (2000)
    by Jacques Barzun [2016]
  • Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life (2000) by Paul Simmons [2003]
  • Lies: A Diary, 1986-1999 (2000) by Ned Rorem [2001]
  • Meditations on Design: Reinventing Your Home with Style and Simplicity (2000) by John Wheatman [2011]
  • Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius (2000) by Barbara Belford [2001]
  • Paris to the Moon (2000) by Adam Gopnik  [second reading] [2009 & 2001]
  • Rules for Aging (2000) by Roger Rosenblatt [2009]
  • Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center (2001) by Michael Downing [2002]
  • Stet: An Editor’s Life (2000) by Diana Athill [2010]
  • Take the Cannoli (2000) by Sarah Vowell [2003]
  • The Best of Betson (2000) by Henry Beston [2002]
  • The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) by Alain de Botton
  • The Magic of Provence (2000) by Yvone Lenard [2012]
  • Traveling Light: A Year of Wandering from California to England and Tuscany and Back Again (2000) by Bill Barich [2009]
  • Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere (2000) by Christopher Hitchens [2012]
  • Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis (2000) by Eric Meyers [2001]
  • Virginia Woolf (2000) by Nigel Nicolson [2012]
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000)by Rebecca Solnit [2009]

1999

Nonfiction

  • A Passion for Books: A Book Lover’s Treasury (1999) edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan [2006]
  • A Sideways Look at Time (1999) by Jay Griffiths [2007]
  • A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman (1999) by Joan Anderson [2016]
  • Bloomsbury at Home (1999) by Pamela Todd [2015]
  • Building a Bridge to the 18th Century (1999) by Neil Postman [2002]
  • Desire of the Everlasting Hills (1999) by Thomas Cahill [2004]
  • For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) edited by Ronald B. Schwartz [2001]
  • Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live (1999) by Akiko Busch [for the second time] [2011]
  • Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live (1999) by Akiko Busch [2008]
  • Herbs in Pots (1999) by Rob Proctor and David Macke [2005]
  • Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality (1999) by Neal Gabler [2013]
  • My Garden [Book]: (1999) by Jamaica Kincaid [2014]
  • Remembering Randall (1999) by Mary von Schrader Jarrell [2001]
  • Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (1999) by Umberto Eco [2009]
  • Taking Retirement: A Beginner’s Diary (1999) by Carl. H. Klaus [2004]
  • The Book on the Bookshelf (1999) by Henry Petroski [2002]
  • The Frugal Gardener: How to Have More Garden for Less Money (1999) by Catriona Tudor Erler [2014]
  • The Listener: A Psychiatrist Examines His Life (1999) by Alan Wheelis [2007]
  • The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet (1999) by Margaret Wertheim [2005]
  • The Writer in the Garden (1999) edited by Jane Garmey [2016]
  • Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (1999) by Anne Lamott [2003]

1998

Nonfiction

  • Errata: A Life Examined (1998) by George Steiner [2001]
  • Gardening Life (1998) by Lee May
  • Gardening Mad (1998) by Monty Don [2010]
  • Henry Mitchell on Gardening (1998) by Henry Mitchell [2007]
  • Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas (1998) by Bill McKibben [2007]
  • I’ll Stand by You: The Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner & Valentine Ackland (1998) edited by Susanna Pinney [2014]
  • Living Prayer (1998) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • Open Your Eyes: 1,000 Simple Ways to Bring Beauty into Your Home and Life Each Day (1998) by Alexandra Stoddard [2013]
  • The Hills of Tuscany: A New Life in an Old Land: A Memoir (1998) by Ferenc Mate [2014]
  • When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City (1998) by Robert J. Hutchinson [2014]

1997

Nonfiction

  • A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder (1997) by Michael Pollan [2011]
  • Brain Droppings (1997) by George Carlin [2012]
  • Growing Myself: A Spiritual Journey through Gardening (1997) by Judith Handelsman [2002]
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel (1997) by Alain de Botton [2nd time] [2013]
  • Moab is My Washpot: An Autobiography (1997) by Stephen Fry [2009]
  • Moss Gardening (1997) by George Schenk [2007]
  • Samuel Johnson and The Life of Reading (1997) by Robert DeMaria, Jr. [2016]
  • Shelter for the Spirit: How to Make Your Home a Haven in a Hectic World (1997) by Victoria Moran [2012]
  • The 20-Minute Gardener: The Garden of Your Dreams without Giving Up Your Life, Your Job, or Your Sanity (1997) by Tom Christopher and Marty Asher [2013]
  • The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty (1997) by Carol Heilbrun [2002]
  • The Outermost Dream: Literary Sketches (1997) by William Maxwell [2012 and again in 2015]
  • The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade (1997) by Thomas Lynch [2001]
  • The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention (1997) [2007]
  • 365 Good Reasons to be a Vegetarian (1997) by Victor Parachin [2007]

 1996

Fiction

  • Altered States (1996) by Anita Brookner [2005]
  • The Beauty of Men (1996) by Andrew Holleran [2010]
  • Heaven’s Coast (1996) by Mark Doty [1996]

Nonfiction

  • A Gentleman’s Publisher’s Commonplace Book (1996) by John G. Murray [2001]
  • Between the Dreaming and the Coming True: The Road Home to God (1996) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club (1996) edited by Bill Henderson
  • Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books (1996) by Lynne Sharon Schwartz [2007]
  • The Architecture of Happiness (1996) by Alain de Botton [2007]
  • Venice Rediscovered (1996) by John Pemble [2001]

1995

Fiction

  • Ladder of Years (1995) by Anne Tyler [2012]

Nonfiction

  • At Eighty-Two: A Journal (1995) by May Sarton [2010]
  • Auden (1995) by Richard Davenport-Hines [2007]
  • City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World (1995) by Witold Rybczynski [2016]
  • Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home  (1995) by Sue Bender [2010]
  • House as a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home (1995) by Clare Cooper Marcus [2009]
  • Odd Lots: Seasonal Notes of a City Gardner (1995) by Thomas C. Cooper [2013]
  • The Gardener’s Gripe Book: Musings, Advice and Comfort for Anyone Who Has Ever Suffered the Loss of a Petunia (1995) by Abby Adams [2014]
  • The Origin of Satan (1995) by Elaine Pagels [2013]

1994

Nonfiction

  • A Garden of One’s Own (1994) by Elsa Bakalar [2002]
  • A Valley in Italy: The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria (1994) by Lisa St. Aubin de Teran [2007]
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (1994) by Anne Lamott [2003]
  • Fifty Days of Solitude (1994) by Doris Grumbach [2016]
  • Growing Pains: Time and Change in the Garden (1994) by Patricia Thorpe [2007 & 2001]
  • How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built (1994) by Stewart Brand
  • In My Garden: The Garden Diaries of Great Dixter (1994) by Christopher Lloyd [2016]
  • Our Gardens Ourselves: Reflections on an Ancient Art (1994) by Jennifer Bennett [2015]
  • The Burning Library: Essays (1994) by Edmund White [2001]
  • Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, & Philosophers (1994) by Leonard Koren [2009]

1993

Nonfiction

  • A History of God (1993) by Karen Armstrong [2007]
  • In the Eye of the Garden (1993) by Mirabel Osler [2013 & 2006]
  • Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West (1993) by M.B. Parkes [2013]

1992

Nonfiction

  • Becoming a Man (1992) by Paul Monette [1992]
  • Loving and Leaving the Good Life (1992) by Helen Nearing [2005]
  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (1992) by Bill Bryson [2013]
  • Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (1992) by Michael Pollan [1994]
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (1992, essays first published in London’s Sunday Times) [2002]
  • Trapped in the Mirror: The Struggle of Adult Children of Narcissists (1992) by Elan Golumb [1992]

1991

Nonfiction

  • Beverley Nichols: A Life (1991; reprinted 2000) by Bryan Connon [2006]
  • The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age (1991) by Joseph M. Levine [2016]

1990

Nonfiction

  • A Sense of the Morning: Inspiring Reflections on Nature and Discovery (1990) by David Brendan Hopes [2014]
  • Another Mother Tongue (revised ed., 1990) by Judy Grahn [1991]
  • Present Moment, Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living (1990) by Thich Nhat Hanh [1991]
  • Stations of Solitude (1990) by Alice Koller [1990]
  • The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation (1990) by Robert Grudin  [2011]
  • The Hunger for More: Searching for Values in An Age of Greed (1990) by Laurence Shames [2014]

1989

Fiction

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) by John Irving [2011]

Nonfiction

  • A Gentle Plea for Chaos (1989) by Mirabel Osler [2001]
  • Italian Days (1989) by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison [2009]
  • Letters of Max Beerbohm, 1892-1956 (1989) edited by Rupert Hart-Davis [2002]
  • Literary Villages of London (1989) by Luree Miller [2012]
  • Sourcery (1989) by Terry Bratcher [2001]
  • Selected Letters (1989) by Dawn Powell [2002]
  • The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays (1989) by W.H. Auden [for the second time] [2011]
  • The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989) by Witold Rybczynski [2011]
  • William Morris (1989) by Christine Poulson [2015]

1988

Fiction

  • Second Son (1988) by Robert Ferro [1991]

Nonfiction

  • A Commonplace Book (1988) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • An American Childhood (1988) by Annie Dillard [1990]
  • Memory and Enthusiasm: Essays, 1975-1985 (1988) by W.S. Di Piero [2012]
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (1988) by Annie Dillard [2nd time] [2013]
  • The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor (1988) edited by Sally Fitzgerald [1990]
  • Virginia Woof: Life and London: A Biography of Place (1988) by Jean Moorcraft Wilson [2002]

1987

Fiction

  • Crossing to Safety (1987) by Wallace Stegner [2004]
  • Being Peace (1987) by Thich Nhat Hanh [1990]

Nonfiction

  • On Poetic Imagination and Reverie: Selections from Gaston Bachelard (1987) translated from the French by Colette Gaudin [2016 & 2014]
  • The English Cathedral (1987) by Russell Chamberlin [2005]
  • The Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson (1987) by Noble Cunningham, Jr. [2016]
  • Time, The Familiar Stranger (1987) by J.T. Fraser [2013]

1986

Nonfiction

  • Bertrand Russell on God and Religion (1986) edited by Al Seckel [2013]
  • Bradshaw On: The Family (1986) by John Bradshaw [1990]
  • Farther Afield: A Gardener’s Excursions (1986) by Allen Lacy [2016]
  • Home: A Short History of an Idea (1986) by Witold Rybczynski [2005 and again in 2015]
  • The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History (1986) by Leo Braudy [2013]
  • Truth and Lies in Literature: Reviews and Essays (1986) by Stephen Vizinczey [2013]

1985

Nonfiction

  • As I Was Saying: A Chesterton Reader (1985) edited by Robert Knille [2014]
  • Books are Basic: The Essential Lawrence Clark Powell (1985) [2002]
  • Diaries (1985) by Dawn Powell [2002]
  • Habitations of the Word: Essays (1985) by William Gass [2001]
  • Max: A Biography (1985) by David Cecil [2001]
  • Selected Letters (1985) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • The Lost Colony of the Confederacy (1985) by Eugene C. Harter [2011]
  • Vidal in Venice (1985) by Gore Vidal [2004]
  • What the Land Already Knows: Winter’s Sacred Days (1985) by Phyllis Tickle [2004]

1984

Fiction

  • Nights in Aruba (1984) by Andrew Holleran [2010]

Nonfiction

  • The Lyttleton Hart-Davis Letters 1955-1962 (multiple volumes, 1984-1990) [2002]
  • Deceived by Kindness: A Bloomsbury Childhood (1984) by Angelica Garnett [2003]
  • Home Ground: A Gardener’s Miscellany (1984) by Allen Lacy [2012]
  • Loneliness, Solitude, and Companionship (1984) by Robert Neale [1992]
  • Words and Values: Some Leading Words and Where They Lead Us (1984) by Peggy Rosenthal [2014]

1983

Fiction

  • The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983; 1993) by Peter Ackroyd [2008]

Nonfiction

  • A Stroll with William James (1983) by Jacques Barzun [2013]
  • The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property (1983) by W. Lewis Hyde [2014]
  • Vanessa Bell (1983) by Frances Spalding [2003]

1982

Fiction

  • Famous Last Words (1982) by Timothy Findley [2015]
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew (1982) by Thomas Bernhard [2011]

Nonfiction

  • An Unknown Woman (1982) by Alice Koller [1990]
  • Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner (1982) edited by William Maxwell [2014]
  • Time and the Art of Living (1982) by Robert Grudin [2003 and again in 2011]
  • Washington: Houses of the Capital (1982) by Henry Mitchell

1981

Fiction

Nonfiction

  • Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden (1981) by Eleanor Perenyi [2012]
  • Hidden Rhythms: Schedules and Calendars in Social Life (1981) by Eviatar Zerubavel [2016]
  • The Essential Earthman (1999 /1981) by Henry Mitchell [2007]

1980

Fiction

  • So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980) by William Maxwell [2002]

Nonfiction

  • Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture (1980; reissued 1990 and 2002) by Mario Salvadori [2015]

1970s

Fiction

  • The Bookshop (1978) by Penelope Fitzgerald [2001]

Nonfiction

  • The Tree (1979) by John Fowles [2010]
  • Venice for Pleasure (revised edition, 1979) by J.G. Links [2004]
  • E.M. Forster and His World (1978) by Francis King [2002]
  • E.M. Forster: A Life (1978) by P.N. Furbank [2002]
  • One-Half of Robertson Davies (1978) by Robertson Davies [2002]
  • Ruskin (1978) by Quentin Bell [2013]
  • Body, Memory and Architecture (1977) by Kent Bloomer and Charles Moore [2016]
  • Eccentric Spaces (1977) by Robert Harbison [2014]
  • Ripe Was the Drowsy Hour: The Age of Oscar Wilde (1977) by J. E. Chamberlin [2014]
  • The First Moderns (1977) by William R. Everdell [2013]
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker [1977 edition] [2010]
  • Virginia Woolf and Her World (1975) by John Lehmann [2013]
  • Time Enough (1974) by Emily Kimbrough [2011 and again in 2016]]
  • Journal of a Solitude (1973) by May Sarton [1990]
  • The Denial of Death (1973) by Ernest Becker [2007]
  • The End of the Modern Age  (1971) by Alan Wheelis [2007]
  • The Ladies of Llangollen: A Study in Romantic Friendship (1971) by Elizabeth Mavor [2012]
  • A Certain World: A Commonplace Book (1970) by W.H. Auden [2007]
  • Another Self (1970) by James Lees-Milne [2010]
  • Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970) by William Gass [2001]
  • The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty (1970) by H.E. Huntley [2015]
  • The Moralist (1973) by Alan Wheelis [2007]

1960s

Fiction

  • Instead of a Letter (1962) by Diana Athill [2001]
  • No Fond Return of Love (1961) by Barbara Pym [2013]

Nonfiction

  • Adventures in Understanding (1969, 1981) by Manly P. Hall [1990]
  • The Rules of Chaos (1969) by Stephen Vizinczey [2nd time] [2013]
  • A Mass for the Dead (1968) by William Gibson [2001]
  • Books: An Anthology (1968) compiled by James Thompson [2007]
  • Garden Open Tomorrow (1968; reprinted 2002) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • The Lessons of History (1968) by Will and Ariel Durant [2010]
  • The Measure of My Days (1968) by Florida Scott-Maxwell [2001 and again in 2015]
  • The Naked Civil Servant (1968) by Quentin Crisp [1991]
  • Thomas Wolfe (1968) by Andrew Turnbull [2015]
  • Aphorisms (1967) by Oswald Spengler [2001]
  • A Case of Human Bondage (1966) by Beverly Nichols [2008]
  • The Lion in Winter (1966) by James Goldman [2012]
  • The Love of Books, Being the Philobiblon of Richard de Bury translated (1966) by E.C. Thomas [2007]
  • A Traveler in Italy (1964) by H.V. Morton [2003]
  • The Duchess of Jermyn Street (1964) by Daphne Fielding [2003]
  • Garden Open Today (1963; reprinted 2002) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • The Joy of a Small Garden (1963) by Janet Gillespie [2014]
  • James Agate: An Anthology (1961) edited by Herbert Van Thal [2014]
  • String Too Short to be Saved: Recollections of Summers on a New England Farm (1960) by Donald Hall [2003]
  • The Art of Travel (1962) by Henry James [2001]
  • The Edge of Objectivity: An Essay in the History of Scientific Ideas (1960) by Charles Coulston Gillespie [2013]
  • Voice from the Attic (1960) by Robertson Davies [2007]

1950s

Fiction

  • The Bell (1958) by Iris Murdoch [2013]
  • Rome and a Villa (1952) by Eleanor Clark [2015]
  • Memoirs of Hadrian (1951) by Marguerite Yourcenar (translated from the French) [2012]
  • A Long Day’s Dying (1950) by Frederick Buechner [1992]
  • A Voice through a Cloud (1950) by Denton Welch [2001]

Nonfiction

  • Act One: An Autobiography (1959) by Moss Hart [2014]
  • The Henry Miller Reader (1959) [2001]
  • Through the Lands of the Bible (1959) by H.V. Morton [2003]
  • The Poetics of Space (1958, 1994) by Gaston Bachelard  [2005]
  • A Traveler in Rome (1957) by H.V. Morton [2003]
  • Religion without Revelation (1957) by Julian Huxley [2015]
  • My Family and Other Animals (1956) by Gerald Durrell [2013]
  • Roman Mornings (1956) by James Lees-Milne [2010]
  • Sunlight on the Lawn (1956; reprinted 1999) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Venice Observed (1956) by Mary McCarthy [2001]
  • We Made a Garden (1956; reprinted 1995) by Margery Fish [2006]
  • Forty Plus and Fancy Free (1954) by Emily Kimbrough [2011]
  • Laughter on the Stairs (1953; reprinted 1998) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • All I Could Never Be: Some Recollections (1952) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Merry Hall (1951; reprinted 1998) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • The Books in My Life (1952) by Henry Miller [2001]

1940s

Nonfiction

  • The World of Silence (1948) by Max Picard (translated from the German by Stanley Godman) [2005 and again in 2013]
  • “A Masque of Mercy” (1947) by Robert Frost [2010]
  • “A Masque of Reason” (1945) by Robert Frost [2010]
  • The Unquiet Grave (1944) by Cyril Connolly [2013]
  • Lytton Strachey (1943) by Max Beerbohm [2014]

1930s

Fiction

  • The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (1938) [audiobook narrated by Alexander Spencer] [2009]

Nonfiction

  • Enemies of Promise: An Autobiography of Ideas (1939) by Cyril Connolly [1994]
  • Green Grows the City (1939; reprinted 2006) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Two Cheers for Democracy (1938) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • Abinger Harvest (1936) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • Personal Pleasures (1936) by Rose Macaulay [2014]
  • Analects (1935) by Paul Valery [2001]
  • Herbs and the Earth (1935) by Henry Betson [2002; again in 2014]
  • Another Gardener’s Bed-Book: A Second Crop of Short and Long Pieces for Those Who Garden by Day and Read by Night (1933) by Richardson Wright [2005]
  • A Thatched Roof (1933; reprinted 2005) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • A Village in the Valley (1934; reprinted 2005) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Gone Rustic (1934) by Cecil Roberts [2006]
  • Down the Garden Path (1932; reprinted 2005) by Beverley Nichols [2006]

1920s

Fiction

  • Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman (1926) by Sylvia Townsend Warner [2015]
  • The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald [2010]

Nonfiction

  • A Preface to Morals (1929) by Walter Lippman [2001]
  • Are They the Same at Home? (1927) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Aspects of the Novel (1927) by E. M. Forster [2002]
  • Books and Authors (1923) by Robert Lynd [2013]

1910-1919

Fiction

  • Ethan Frome (1911) by Edith Wharton [2010]

Nonfiction

  • Adventures in Contentment (1918) by David Grayson [2013]
  • A Calendar of Wisdom: Daily Thoughts …Written and Selected from the World’s Sacred Texts (3rd ed., 1910; 1997 ed. translated by Peter Sekirin) by Leo Tolstoy [2016]

1900-1909

Nonfiction

  • Dreamthorp: A Book of Essays Written in the Country (1905) by Alexander Smith [1830-1867] [2016]
  • The Gentle Reader (1903) by Samuel McChord Crothers [2007]

Before 1900

Fiction

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde [2016]
  • Madame Bovary (1857) by Gustave Flaubert [2006]
  • Mansfield Park (1814) by Jane Austen [the abridged audiobook narrated by Harriet Walter] [2013]
  • Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen [the 1998 audiobook version narrated by Lindsay Duncan] [2013]
  • Sense and Sensibility (1811) by Jane Austen [the 1999 audiobook narrated by Flo Gibson] [2013]

Nonfiction

  • Studies in Pessimism (1891) by Arthur Schopenhauer [2001]
  • Letters to Eugenia, Or, A Preservative Against Religious Prejudice [1768] by Paul Henri Thiyry (Baron d’Holbach), translated [1857] from the French by Anthony C. Middleton [2011]
  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius [2013]
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