Books Read Listed by Topic

Titles grouped under each topic are listed in reverse chronological order according to the year I read them; the year read is shown in brackets. 

Titles read during the current year are not included; they are listed in the sidebar.

For some years, some titles are displayed in boldface type; those titles are the ones I most enjoyed that year.

Nonfiction

Aging

  • The Retirement Maze: What You Should Know Before and After You Retire (2012) by Rob Pascale, Louis H. Primavera, and Rip Roach [2014]
  • Retirementology: Rethinking the American Dream  in a New Economy (2010) by Gregory Salsbury [2010]
  • Rules for Aging (2000) by Roger Rosenblatt [2009]
  • Where Did I Leave My Glasses? The What, When, and Why of Normal Memory Loss (2008) by Martha Weinman Lear [2008]
  • Autumn Years: Taking the Contemplative Path (2004) by Robert H. King and Elizabeth M. King [2006]
  • Taking Retirement: A Beginner’s Diary (1999) by Carl. H. Klaus [2004]
  • The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty (1997) by Carol Heilbrun [2002]

Architecture

  • Body, Memory and Architecture (1977) by Kent Bloomer and Charles Moore [2016]
  • Bricks and Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made (2014) by Tom Wilkinson [2015]
  • Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture (1980; reissued 1990 & 2002) by Mario Salvadori [2015]
  • Artists’ Houses (2005) by Gerard Georges Lemaire [2012]
  • High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky (2011) by Joshua David and Robert Hammond [2012]
  • The Architecture of Happiness (1996) by Alain de Botton [2007]
  • The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention (1997) [2007]
  • How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built (1994) by Stewart Brand
  • Washington: Houses of the Capital (1982) by Henry Mitchell
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome (2000) by Ross King [2003]

Beauty

  • The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty (1970) by H.E. Huntley [2015]
  • Beauty (2009) by Roger Scruton [2010]
  • Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement (2003) by Leonard Koren [2009]
  • Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets, & Philosophers (1994) by Leonard Koren [2009]
  • Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (2004) by John O’Donohue [2004]

Books about Books – and Other Bookish Matters

  • Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story (2015) by Michael Rosen [2016]
  • Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, & Living with Books (2015)
    by Michael Dirda [2016]
  • Samuel Johnson and The Life of Reading (1997) by Robert DeMaria, Jr. [2016]
  • The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing (2013) by Ewan Clayton [2016]
  • The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-so-Great Ones) Saved My Life (2014) by Andy Miller
  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (2015) by Mary Norris [2015]
  • On the Dot: The Speck That Changed the World (2008) by Alexander Humez and Nicholas Humez [2014]
  • Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks (2013) by Keith Houston [2014]
  • Books and Authors (1923) by Robert Lynd [2013]
  • How Literature Saved My Life (2013) by David Shields [2013]
  • One for the Books (2012) by Joe Queenan [2013]
  • Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West (1993) by M.B. Parkes [2013]
  • Phantoms on the Bookshelves (2012) by Jacques Bonnet [translated from the French] [2013]
  • Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (2010) by David Shields [2013]
  • So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading (2003) by Sara Nelson [2013]
  • Fiction Ruined My Family (2011) by Jeanne Darst [2012]
  • Just My Type: A Book about Fonts (2011) by Simon Garfield [2012]
  • Howard’s End is On the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home (2009) by Susan Hill [2011]
  • Sixpence House: Lost in a Town of Books (2003) by Paul Collins [2011]
  • Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading (2011) by Nina Sankovitch [2011]
  • Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books (1996) by Lynne Sharon Schwartz [2007]
  • Books: An Anthology (1968) compiled by James Thompson [2007]
  • The Love of Books, Being the Philobiblon of Richard de Bury translated (1966) by E.C. Thomas [2007]
  • A Book Addict’s Treasury (2006) compiled by Julie Rugg and Lynda Murphy  [2007]
  • The Gentle Reader (1903) by Samuel McChord Crothers [2007]
  • A Passion for Books: A Book Lover’s Treasury (1999) edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan [2006]
  • Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life (2006) by Michael Dirda [2006]
  • A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader’s Reflections on a Year of Books (2004) by Alberto Manguel [2005]
  • The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life (2005) by Steve Leveen [2005]
  • So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance (2003) by Gabriel Zaid [2004]
  • Library: An Unquiet History (2003) by Matthew Battles [2003]
  • Where Books Fall Open: A Reader’s Anthology of Wit & Passion (2001) by Bascone [2002]
  • Books are Basic: The Essential Lawrence Clark Powell (1985) [2002]
  • The Book on the Bookshelf (1999) by Henry Petroski [2002]
  • The Devil’s Details: A History of Footnotes (2001) by Chuck Zerby [2002]
  • The Books in My Life (1952) by Henry Miller [2001]
  • For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) edited by Ronald B. Schwartz [2001]

Christianity, History of

[see also Religion and Anti-Religion]

  • How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee (2014)
    by Bart D. Ehrman [2016]
  • 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]
  • 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 Bible and the People (2005) by Lori Anne Ferrell [2009]
  • Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy (2009) by Roger Collins [2009]
  • Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions of the Bible (and Why We Don’t Know about Them) (2009) by Bart D. Ehrman [2009]
  • A History of God (1993) by Karen Armstrong [2007]
  • Constantine’s Bible: Politics and the Making of  the New Testament (2007) by David L. Dungan [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]
  • Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures through the Ages (2004) by Jaroslav Pelikan [2006]
  • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (2005) by Bart D. Ehrman [2006]
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew (2003) by Bart D. Ehrman [2005]
  • The English Cathedral (1987) by Russell Chamberlin [2005]
  • Desire of the Everlasting Hills  (1999) by Thomas Cahill [2004]
  • Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003) by Elaine Pagels [2004]
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (1992, essays first published in London’s Sunday Times) [2002]
  • In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible (2001) by Alistair McGrath [2002]

Death & Dying

  • Practicing Death (2016) by Dennis Van Avery [2016]
  • Death (2009) by Todd May [2013]
  • The Denial of Death (1973) by Ernest Becker [2007]
  • The Dominion of the Dead (2003) by Robert Pogue Harrison [2005]

House & Home

[see also Gardening]

  • Home: A Short History of an Idea (1987) by Witold Rybczynski [for the second time] [2015]
  • Dwelling in Possibility (2013) by Howard Mansfield [2014]
  • Open Your Eyes: 1,000 Simple Ways to Bring Beauty into Your Home and Life Each Day (1998) by Alexandra Stoddard [2013]
  • Shelter for the Spirit: How to Make Your Home a Haven in a Hectic World (1997) by Victoria Moran [2012]
  • Meditations on Design: Reinventing Your Home with Style and Simplicity (2000) by John Wheatman [2011]
  • The Most Beautiful House in the World (1989) by Witold Rybczynski [2011]
  • A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder (1997) by Michael Pollan [2011]
  • Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live (1999) by Akiko Busch [for the second time] [2011]
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life (2010) by Bill Bryson [2010]
  • House as a Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home (1995) by Clare Cooper Marcus [2009]
  • Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live (1999) by Akiko Busch [2008]
  • The House Always Wins:…Creating Your (Almost) Perfect Dream House (2008) by Marni Jameson [2008]
  • The Wabi-Sabi House (2004) by Robyn Griggs Lawrence [2007]
  • William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Home (2005) by Pamela Todd [2007]
  • The Emotional House: How Redesigning Your Home Can Change Your Life (2005) by Kathryn L. Robyn and Dawn Ritchie [2007]
  • Sheetrock and Shellac: A Thinking Person’s Guide to the Art and Science of Home Improvement (2006) by David Owen [2007]
  • House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live (2006) by Winifred Gallagher [2006]
  • Sacred Home: Creating Shelter for Your Soul  (2004) by Laurine Morrison Meyer [2006]
  • On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, and Holiness (2005) by Elizabeth J. Andrew [2006]
  • Gone Rustic (1934) by Cecil Roberts [2006]
  • Home: A Short History of an Idea (1986) by Witold Rybczynski [2005]

Food

  • The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food (2009) by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson [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]
  • Eating Animals (2009) by Jonathan Safran Foer [2010]
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) by Michael Pollan [2009]
  • 365 Good Reasons to be a Vegetarian (1997) by Victor Parachin [2007]
  • Vegetarian America: A History (2004) by Karen Iacobbo and Michael Iacobbo [2006]
  • The Empire of Tea: The Remarkable History of the Plant that Took Over the World (2003) by Alan Macfarlane and Iris Macfarlane [2005]

Gardening

  • Farther Afield: A Gardener’s Excursions (1986) by Allen Lacy [2016]
  • French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France (1991) by Richard Goodman [for the second time] [2016]
  • Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older (2010) by Sydney Eddison [2016]
  • In a Green Shade: Writings from ‘Homeground’ (2014) by Allen Lacy [2016]
  • In My Garden: The Garden Diaries of Great Dixter (1994) by Christopher Lloyd [2016]
  • Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden (2016) by Vita Sackville-West & Sarah Raven [2016]
  • The Writer in the Garden (1999) edited by Jane Garmey [2014]
  • What Are Gardens For? (2012) by Rory Stuart [2015]
  • Our Gardens Ourselves: Reflections on an Ancient Art (1994) by Jennifer Bennett [2015]
  • The Frugal Gardener: How to Have More Garden for Less Money (1999) by Catriona Tudor Erler [2014]
  • 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]
  • Gardening Life (1998) by Lee May [2014]
  • Herbs and the Earth (1935) by Henry Beston [2014]
  • The Joy of a Small Garden (1963) by Janet Gillespie [2014]
  • My Garden [Book]: (1999) by Jamaica Kincaid [2014]
  • In the Eye of the Garden (1993) by Mirabel Osler [second time] [2013]
  • Odd Lots: Seasonal Notes of a City Gardner (1995) by Thomas C. Cooper [2013]
  • 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]
  • From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden (2001)  by Amy Stewart [2012]
  • Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden (1981) by Eleanor Perenyi [2012]
  • Home Ground: A Gardener’s Miscellany (1984) by Allen Lacy [2012]
  • Writing the Garden: A Literary Conversation across Two Centuries (2011) by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers [2012]
  • Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition (2008) by Robert Pogue Harrison [2011]
  • Earthly Delights: Gardening by the Seasons the Easy Way (2004) by Margot Rochester [2010]
  • Gardening Mad (1998) by Monty Don [2010]
  • Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols (2009)  edited by Roy C. Dicks [2010]
  • How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work (2009) by Jeff Bredenberg [2009]
  • Digging In: Tending to Life in Your Own Back Yard (2007) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • The Essential Earthman (1999 /1981) by Henry Mitchell [2007]
  • Henry Mitchell on Gardening (1998) by Henry Mitchell [2007]
  • Moss Gardening (1997) by George Schenk [2007]
  • Growing Pains: Time and Change in the Garden (1994) by Patricia Thorpe [2007]
  • Creating the Cottage Garden in North America (2000) by Stephen Westcott Gratton [2007]
  • The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden (2005) by Stanley Kunitz [2006]
  • In the Eye of the Garden (1994) by Mirabel Osler [2006]
  • We Made a Garden (1956; reprinted 1995) by Margery Fish [2006]
  • Homescaping: Designing Your Landscape to Match Your Home (2005) by Anne Halpin [2006]
  • Four-Tenths of an Acre: Reflections on a Gardening Life (2005) by Leslie Lisle [2006]
  • Beautiful Madness: One Man’s Journey through Other People’s Gardens (2006) by James Dodson [2006]
  • 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]
  • Out in the Garden: Growing a Beautiful Life (2002) by Drew Riddle [2005]
  • Herbs in Pots (1999) by Rob Proctor and David Macke [2005]
  • Hydrangeas for American Gardens (2004) by Michael A. Dirr [2005]
  • A Garden of One’s Own (1994) by Elsa Bakalar [2002]
  • Growing Myself: A Spiritual Journey through Gardening (1997) by Judith Handelsman [2002]
  • French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in France (2002) by Richard Goodman [2002]
  • Herbs and the Earth (1935) by Henry Betson [2002]
  • The Best of Betson (2000) by Henry Beston [2002]
  • A Gentle Plea for Chaos (1989) by Mirabel Osler [2001]
  • From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden (2001) by Amy Stewart [2001]
  • Growing Pains: Time and Change in the Garden (1994) by Patricia Thorpe [2001]
  • Gardeners, Gurus & Grubs: The Stories of Garden Inventors & Inventions (2001) by George Drower [2001]
  • The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World (2001) by Michael Pollan [2001]
  • Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (1992) by Michael Pollan [1994]

Gay History and Life

[see also Biography/Autobiography/Memoirs/Diaries/Collected Letters]

  • Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America (2012) by Christopher Bram [2012]
  • The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries (2011) edited by Mark Thompson [2012]
  • The Ladies of Llangollen: A Study in Romantic Friendship (1971) by Elizabeth Mavor [2012]
  • Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples (2012) by Rodger Streitmatter [2012]
  • Grant Wood: A Life (2010) by R. Tripp Evans [2011]
  • Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tatto Artist, and Sexual Renegade (2010) by Justin Spring [2011]
  • Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (2010) edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman [2011]
  • A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster (2010) by Wendy Moffat [2011]
  • The Professor and Other Essays (2010) by Terry Castle [2011]
  • King Kong Theory (2010) by Virginie Despentes (translated from the French by Stephanie Benson) [2011]
  • Smothered in Hugs: Essays, Interviews, Feedback, and Obituaries (2010) by Dennis Cooper [2011]
  • You and No Other: A Memoir (2010) by Jane Weiss and Bonnie Zahn [2011]
  • Hammer! Making Movies Out of Sex and Life (2010) by Barbara Hammer [2011]
  • Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature (2010) by Emma Donoghue [2011]
  • Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (2010) by Philip Gambone [2011]
  • Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil War Story (2010) by Ana Maria Spagna [2011]
  • Where’s My Wand? One Boy’s Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting (2010) by Eric Poole [2011]
  • The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir (2010) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell [2011]
  • Mornings with Mailer: A Recollection of Friendship (2010) by Dwayne Raymond [2011]
  • Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism (2010) by Scott Herring [2011]
  • Blood Strangers: A Memoir (2010) by Katherine A. Briccetti [2011]
  • Madre and I: A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives (2010) by Guillermo Reyes [2011]
  • The Un-Natural State: Arkansas and the Queer South (2010) by Brock Thompson [2011]
  • Another Mother Tongue (revised ed., 1990) by Judy Grahn [1991]

History

[see also Gay History & Life]

  • City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World (1995) by Witold Rybczynski [2016]
  • From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life (2000) by Jacques Barzun [2016]
  • Lafayette in The Somewhat United States (2015) by Sarah Vowell [2016]
  • Islands of the Mind: How the Human Imagination Created the Atlantic World (2004) by John Gillis [2015]
  • The Calendar: History, Lore, and Legend (2001) by Jacqueline de Bourgoing. (Translated from the French by David J. Baker and Dorie B. Baker) [2014]
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson [the 2003 abridged audiobook narrated by Boyd Gaines] [2013]
  • The Edge of Objectivity: An Essay in the History of Scientific Ideas (1960) by Charles Coulston Gillespie [2013]
  • The First Moderns (1977) by William R. Everdell [2013]
  • Founding Brothers (2000) by Joseph J. Ellis [2013]
  • At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past (2005) by A. Roger Ekirch [2011]
  • 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 Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries (2011) edited by Mark Thompson [2011]
  • Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation (2011) by Andrea Wulf [2011]
  • The Lost Colony of the Confederacy (1985) by Eugene C. Harter [2011]
  • A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution (2009) by Dennis Baron [2010]
  • The Lessons of History (1968) by Will and Ariel Durant [2010]
  • The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (2004) by Colin Woodard [2008]
  • The Grand Contraption: The World as Myth, Number, and Chance (2005) by David Park [2005]
  • A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit (2005) by Alan Lightman [2005]
  • The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet (1999) by Margaret Wertheim [2005]
  • Mysteries of Terra Firma: The Age and Evolution of the Earth (2001) by James Lawrence Powell [2005]
  • Bright Earth: The Invention of Color (2003)by Philip Bal [2004]
  • Building a Bridge to the 18th Century (1999) by Neil Postman [2002]

Humor

  • Brain Droppings (1997) by George Carlin [2012]
  • Pumping Irony: Working Out the Angst of a Lifetime (2005) by Tony Kornheiser [2008]
  • Never Hit a Jellyfish with a Spade: How to Survive Life’s Smaller Challenges (2004) by Guy Browning [2006]

Letter-Writing

  • Yours, Ever: People and Their Letters (2009) by Thomas Fallon [2015] [for the second time]
  • To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing (2013) by Simon Garfield [2014]
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing (2014) by Nina Sankovitch [2014]
  • For the Love of Letters: The Joy of Slow Communication (2012) by John O’Connell [2013]
  • Yours Ever: People and Their Letters (2009) by Thomas Mallon [2010]

Literature

[see also Essay Collections]

  • As of This Writing: The Essential Essays, 1968-2002 (2003) by Clive James [2016]
  • Latest Readings (2015) by Clive James [2016]
  • On Poetic Imagination and Reverie: Selections from Gaston Bachelard (1987) translated from the French (with a preface and introduction) by Colette Gaudin [2016]
  • The Battle of the Books: History and Literature in the Augustan Age (1991)
    by Joseph M. Levine [2016]
  • This Thing We Call Literature (2016) by Arthur Krystal
  • By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from ‘The New York Times Book Review’ (2014) edited by Pamela Paul [2015]
  • The Shelf: Adventures in Extreme Reading (2014) by Phyllis Rose [2015]
  • Once Again to Zelda: The Stories Behind Literature’s Most Intriguing Dedications (2008) by Marlene Wagman-Geller [2015]
  • James Agate: An Anthology (1961) edited by Herbert Van Thal [2014]
  • Lytton Strachey (1943) by Max Beerbohm [2014]
  • On Poetic Imagination and Reverie: Selections from Gaston Bachelard (1987) translated from the French by Colette Gaudin [2014]
  • Ripe Was the Drowsy Hour: The Age of Oscar Wilde (1977) by J. E. Chamberlin [2014]
  • Truth and Lies in Literature: Reviews and Essays (1986) by Stephen Vizinczey [2013]
  • The Unquiet Grave (1944) by Cyril Connolly [2013]
  • The Outermost Dream: Literary Sketches (1997) by William Maxwell [2012]
  • The Polysyllabic Spree (2004) by Nick Hornby [2012]
  • Unacknowledged Legislation: Writers in the Public Sphere (2000) by Christopher Hitchens [2012]
  • The Dyer’s Hand and Other Essays (1989) by W.H. Auden [for the second time] [2011]
  • The Story about the Story: Great Writers Explore Great Literature (2009) edited by J.C. Hallman [2010]
  • Days of Reading (2008) by Marcel Proust [2010]
  • How Beautiful It Is, And How Easily Broken: Essays (2008) by Daniel Mendelsohn [2008]
  • My Unwritten Books (2008) by George Steiner [2008]
  • The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism (2005) by James Geary [2006]
  • The Afterlife: Essays and Criticism (2003) by Penelope Fitzgerald [2004]
  • Aspects of the Novel (1927) by E. M. Forster [2002]

  • Abinger Harvest (1936) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970) by William Gass [2001]

  • Habitations of the Word: Essays (1985) by William Gass [2001]

Mass Media

  • The News: A User’s Manual (2014) by Alain de Botton [2015]

Music

  • Who’s Afraid of Classical Music (1989) by Michael Walsh [2004]

Nature

  • A Sense of the Morning: Inspiring Reflections on Nature and Discovery (1990) by David Brendan Hopes [2014]
  • Winter: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2002) edited by Gary Schmidt and Susan M. Felch [2014]
  • The Tree (1979) by John Fowles [2010]
  • How to Be a (Bad) Birdwatcher (2005) by Simon Barnes [2007]
  • When Do Fish Sleep? (2005) by David Feldman [2005]
  • Bird Songs of the Mezozoic: A Day Hiker’s Guide to the Nearby Wild (2005) by David Brendan Hopes [2005]
  • What the Land Already Knows: Winter’s Sacred Days (1985) by Phyllis Tickle [2004]
  • Winter Journey (1995) by Isabel Colegae [2003]
  • The Rural Life (2003) by Verlyn Klinkenorg [2003]
  • Learning to Fall: The Blessings of an Imperfect Life (2000) by Paul Simmons [2003]
  • A Country Life: At Home in the English Countryside (2003) by Roy Strong [2003]

Personal Finance

  • The Cheapskate Next Door (2010) by Jeff Yeager [2010]
  • The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think about the Rest of Your Life (2006) by Lee Eisenberg [2006]

Philosophy

  • 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]
  • The Meaning of Human Existence (2014) by Edward O. Wilson [2016]
  • Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life (2012) by Daniel Klein [2016]
  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius [2013]
  • The Rules of Chaos (1969) by Stephen Vizinczey [2nd time] [2013]
  • Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain (2003) by Antonio Damasio [2013]
  • On Seeing and Noticing (2005) by Alain de Botton [2012]
  • A Stroll with William James (1983) by Jacques Barzun [2012]
  • Wittgenstein’s Poker (2001) by David Edmonds and John Eidinow [2012]
  • Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? 23 Questions from Great Philosophers (2007) by Leszek Kolakowski [2009]
  • Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit (2006) by Joshua Foa Dienstag  [2007]
  • Doubt: A History (2003) by Jennifer Hecht  [2005]
  • Studies in Pessimism (1891) by Arthur Schopenhauer [2001]
  •  A Preface to Morals (1929) by Walter Lippman [2001]
  • Analects (1935) by Paul Valery [2001]
  • Aphorisms (1967) by Oswald Spengler [2001]

Places: England

  • Literary Villages of London (1989) by Luree Miller [2012]
  • Forty Plus and Fancy Free (1954) by Emily Kimbrough [2011]
  • London: A City Revealed (2004) by the [British] Automobile Association [2010]
  • Imagined London: A Tour of the World’s Greatest Fictional City (2004) by Anna Quindlen [2004]

Places: France

  • Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down (2012) by Rosecrans Baldwin [2014]
  • Seeking Provence: Old Myths, New Paths (2008) by Nicholas Woodsworth [2014]
  • The Magic of Provence (2000) by Yvone Lenard [2012]
  • Provence A-Z (2006) by Peter Mayle [2012]
  • Paris to the Moon (2000) by Adam Gopnik  [second reading] [2009]
  • The French Riviera:  A Literary Guide for Travellers (2007) by Ted Jones [2008]

Places: Ireland

  • Time Enough (1974) by Emily Kimbrough [2016 and 2011]

Places: Israel

  • Through the Lands of the Bible (1959) by H.V. Morton [2003]

Places: Italy

  • Rome and a Villa (1952) by Eleanor Clark [2015]
  • 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]
  • No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice (2007) by Judith Martin [2011]
  • Every Day in Tuscany (2010) by Frances Mayes [2010]
  • Roman Mornings (1956) by James Lees-Milne [2010]
  • Venice: Pure City (2009) by Peter Ackroyd [2010]
  • Venice for Lovers (2003)by Louis Begley and Anita Muhlstein [2009]
  • Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the World (2007) by Anthony Doerr [2009]
  • A Garden in Lucca: Finding Paradise in Tuscany (2000) by Paul Gervais [2009]
  • Tuscany: True Stories (2002) edited by James O’Reilly and Tara Austen Weaver [2009]
  • Italian Days (1989) by Barbara Grizzuti Harrison [2009]
  • A Thousand Days in Tuscany (2004) by Marlena de Blasi [2007]
  • The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria (2007) by Marlena de Blasi [2007]
  • Satyr Square: A Year,  A Life in Rome (2006) by Leonard Barkan [2007]
  • A Valley in Italy: The Many Seasons of a Villa in Umbria (1994) by Lisa St. Aubin de Teran [2007]
  • A Day in Tuscany: More Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide (2007) by Dario Castagno [2007]
  • Ciao, America: An Italian Discovers the U.S (2001)by Beppe Severgnini [2007]
  • Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy (2004) by Frances Mayes  [2006]
  • Palladian Days: Finding a New Life in a Venetian Country House (2005) by Sally Gable  [2006]
  • On the Road with Francis Assisi: A Timeless Journey through Umbria and Tuscany, and Beyond (2005) by Linda Bird Franke  [2006]
  • Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s (2006) by R.A. Scotti  [2006]
  • The Reluctant Tuscan: How I Discovered My Inner Italian (2005) by Phil Doran  [2005]
  • Too Much Tuscan Sun: Confessions of a Chianti Tourguide (2004) by Dario Castagno  [2005]
  • The Smiles of Rome: A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers (2005) edited by Susan Cahill  [2005]
  • Venice for Pleasure (revised edition, 1979) by J.G. Links [2004]
  • A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance (2002) by Marlena de Blasi [2004]
  • Vidal in Venice (1985) by Gore Vidal [2004]
  • Venice Revealed: An Intimate Portrait (2001) by Paolo Barbero [2004]
  • Florence: A Delicate Case (2002) by David Leavitt [2004]
  • Dante in Love: The World’s Greatest Poem and How It Made History (2004) by Harriet Rubin [2004]
  • As the Romans Do: The Delights, Dramas, and Daily Diversion of Life in the Eternal City (2000) by Alan Epstein [2004]
  • City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican (2003) by John Follain [2004]
  • A Traveler in Rome (1957) by H.V. Morton [2003]
  • A Traveler in Italy (1964) by H.V. Morton [2003]
  • Venice Observed (1956) by Mary McCarthy [2001]
  • Venice Rediscovered (1996) by John Pemble [2001]

Places: U.S.A.

  • Writing on Stone: Scenes from a Maine Island Life (2008) by Christina Marsden Gillis [2008]
  • Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown (2002) by Michael Cunningham [2004]
  • Central Park: An American Masterpiece (2003) by Sara Miller [2003]

Places: Elsewhere

  • Slipping into Paradise: Why I Live in New Zealand (2004) by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson [2015]
  • Wanderlust: A History of Walking (2000)by Rebecca Solnit [2009]
  • Traveling Light: A Year of Wandering from California to England and Tuscany and Back Again (2000) by Bill Barich [2009]
  • Home by Another Way: Notes from the Caribbean (2006) by Robert Benson [2007]

Psychology

[see also Solitude and Time]

  • How to Talk about Places You’ve Never Been (2016) by Pierre Bayard [2016]
  • Hidden Rhythms: Schedules and Calendars in Social Life (1981)
    by Eviatar Zerubavel [2016]
  • Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff (2016)
    by Alison Stewart [2016]
  • The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (2014) by Michael Harris [2015]
  • The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property (1983) by W. Lewis Hyde [2014]
  • The Hunger for More: Searching for Values in An Age of Greed (1990) by Laurence Shames [2014]
  • A Real Life: Restoring What Matters: Family, Good Friends, and a True Community (2011) by Ferenc Mate [2014]
  • Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair (2013) by Anne Lamott [2014]
  • Words and Values: Some Leading Words and Where They Lead Us (1984) by Peggy Rosenthal [2014]
  • Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters (1988) by Annie Dillard [2nd time] [2013]
  • The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History (1986) by Leo Braudy [2013]
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life: Not a Novel (1997) by Alain de Botton [2nd time] [2013]
  • Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality (1999) by Neal Gabler [2013]
  • The World of Silence (1948) by Max Picard [translated from the German by Stanley Godman] [2nd time] [2013]
  • Abounding Grace: An Anthology of Wisdom (2000) edited by M. Scott Peck  [2011]
  • Design and Truth (2010) by Robert Grudin  [2011]
  • The Grace of Great Things: Creativity and Innovation (1990) by Robert Grudin  [2011]
  • 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 Not So Big Life (2007) by Sarah Susanka  [2011]
  • The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book about Noise (2010) by Garret Keizer  [2011]
  • A Book of Silence (2008) by Sara Maitland [2010]
  • The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life (2006)by John Maeda [2010]
  • On Kindness (2009) by Adam Phillips & Barbara Taylor [2010]
  • Redemption Stories: Unwasted Pain (2009)by Mary Ciofalo [2010]
  • Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (2009) by Pema Chodron [2010]
  • The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects (2009)by Deyan Sudjic [2009]
  •  How to Love (2009) by Gordon Livingston [2009]
  • The Moralist (1973) by Alan Wheelis [2007]
  • The End of the Modern Age  (1971) by Alan Wheelis [2007]
  • The Listener: A Psychiatrist Examines His Life (1999) by Alan Wheelis [2007]
  • Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now (2004) by Gordon Livingston [2007]
  • The Way We Are (2006) by Allen Wheelis  [2006]
  • The Poetics of Space (1958, 1994) by Gaston Bachelard  [2005]
  • The World of Silence (1948) by Max Picard  [2005]
  • Status Anxiety (2004) by Alain de Botton  [2004]
  • An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain (2004) by Diane Ackerman [2004]
  • The Art of Travel (2002) by Alain de Botton [2003]
  • Sacred Time and the Search for Meaning (2003) by Gary Eberle [2003]
  • Stillness: Daily Gifts of Meditation (2003) by Richard Mahler [2003]
  • Trapped in the Mirror: The Struggle of Adult Children of Narcissists (1992) by Elan Golumb [1992]
  • Adventures in Understanding (1969, 1981) by Manly P. Hall [1990]
  • Bradshaw On: The Family (1986) by John Bradshaw [1990]

Religion & Anti-Religion

[see also Christianity, History of]

  • The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible (2013) annotated by Steve Wells [2016]
  • Religion without Revelation (1957) by Julian Huxley [2015]
  • An Atheist’s History of Belief (2014) by Matthew Kneale [2015]
  • Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (2012) by Chris Stedman [2014]
  • Bertrand Russell on God and Religion (1986) edited by Al Seckel [2013]
  • The Origin of Satan (1995) by Elaine Pagels [2013]
  • Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument  for Jesus of Nazareth (2012) by Bart D. Ehrman [2012]
  • The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (2004) by Sam Harris [2012]
  • God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007) by Christopher Hitchens [2012]
  • God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist  and Other Magical Tales (2011) by Penn Jillette [2012]
  • God’s Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms (2009) by Peter Sloterdijk [2012]
  • The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays on How We Live Now (2011) edited by George Levine [2012]
  • Letter to a Christian Nation (2006) by Sam Harris [2012]
  • The Quotable Hitchens from Alcohol to Zionism: The Very Best of Christopher Hitchens (2011) edited by Windsor Mann [2012]
  • Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate (2009) by Terry Eagleton [2012]
  • The Wit and Blasphemy of Atheists (2011) compiled by Jonathan C. Criswell [2012]
  • The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas (2010) edited by Robin Harvie and Stephanie Meyers [2011]
  • Divinity of Doubt: The God Question (2011) by Vincent Bugliosi [2011]
  • The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved & Why It Endures (2009) by Nicholas Wade [2011]
  • 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]
  • God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question: Why We Suffer (2008) by Bart D. Ehrman [2008]
  • When God is Gone Everything is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist (2008) by Chet Raymo [2008]

Science & Technology

  • Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions about the Real Nature  of the Universe (2001) by Neil F. Comins [2012]
  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto (2010) by Jaron Lanier [2012]
  • Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Divide (2007) by David Weinberger [2007]

Simplicity

  • Journeys of Simplicity: Traveling Light with Thomas Merton, Basho, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard & Others (2003)by Philip Hornden [2008]
  • Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case for a More Joyful Christmas (1998) by Bill McKibben [2007]
  • Give It Up: My Year of Learning to Live Better with Less (2006) by Mary Carlomagno  [2006]
  • Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology (2004) by Eric Brende  [2005]
  • In Praise of Slowness (2004) by Carl Honore [2004]

Solitude

  • Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone (2007) edited by Jenni Ferrari Adler [2009]
  • Party of One: The Loner’s Manifesto (2003) by Anneli Rufus [2003]
  • Loneliness, Solitude, and Companionship (1984) by Robert Neale [1992]

Spirituality

  • Everyday Sacred: A Woman’s Journey Home  (1995) by Sue Bender [2010]
  • Living Prayer (1998) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • Present Moment, Wonderful Moment: Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living (1990) by Thich Nhat Hanh [1991]
  • Being Peace (1987) by Thich Nhat Hanh [1990]

Time

  • Time, The Familiar Stranger (1987) by J.T. Fraser [2013]
  • Time and the Art of Living (1982) by Robert Grudin [for the second time] [2011]
  • The Secret Pulse of Time: Making Sense of Life’s Scarcest Commodity (2006) by Stefan Klein [2009]
  • A Sideways Look at Time (1999) by Jay Griffiths [2007]
  • Time and the Art of Living (1982) by Robert Grudin [2003]

Biography, Autobiography, Memoirs, Diaries, Collections of Letters

  • A Heaven of Words: Last Journals, 1956-1984 (2013) by Glenway Wescott
  • A Year by the Sea: Thoughts of an Unfinished Woman (1999) by Joan Anderson [2016]
  • Bettyville: A Memoir (2014) by George Hodgman [2016]
  • Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Ÿ(2014) [2016]
  • Fifty Days of Solitude (1994) by Doris Grumbach [2016]
  • Meanwhile, There are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald (2015) edited by Suzanne Marrs &Tom Nolan [2016]
  • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World (2015) by Andrea Wulf [2016]
  • The Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson (1987) by Noble Cunningham, Jr.
  • What There Is to Say, We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell (2011) edited by Suzanne Marrs [2015]
  • The Element of Lavishness: Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell, 1938-1978 (2001) edited by Michael Steinman [2015]
  • Act One (1959) by Moss Hart [2015]
  • Thomas Wolfe (1968) by Andrew Turnbull [2015]
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011) by Jeanette Winterson [2015]
  • Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris (2014) by Edmund White [2015]
  • How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (2010) by Sarah Bakewell [2015]
  • Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace (2014) by Anne Lamott [2015]
  • Bloomsbury at Home (1999) by Pamela Todd [2015]
  • The Measure of My Days (1968) by Florida Scott-Maxwell [2015]
  • The End of Your Life Book Club (2012) by Will Schwalbe [2015]
    William Morris (1989) by Christine Poulson [2015]
  • I’ll Stand by You: The Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner & Valentine Ackland (1998) edited by Susanna Pinney [2015]
  • Hello, Gorgeous: Becoming Barbra Streisand (2012) by William J. Mann  [2015]
  • Afterwords: Letters on the Death of Virginia Woolf (2005) edited by Sybil Oldfield [2014]
  • The Faraway Nearby (2013) by Rebecca Solnit [2014]
  • Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner (1982) edited by William Maxwell [2014]
  • Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (2009) by Paula Byrne [2014]
  • Adventures in Contentment (1918) by David Grayson [2013]
  • Distant Intimacy: A Friendship in the Age of the Internet (2013) by Frederic Raphael and Joseph Epstein [2013]
  • Enough About You: Adventures in Autobiography (2002) by David Shields [2013]
  • Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father (2013) by Alysia Abbott [2013]
  • The Grand Surprise: The Journals of Leo Lerman (2007) edited by Stephen Pascal [2013]
  • House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family (2008) by Paul Fisher [2013]
  • My Family and Other Animals (1956) by Gerald Durrell [2013]
  • Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (1992) by Bill Bryson [2013]
  • Ruskin (1978) by Quentin Bell [2013]
  • A Sense of the Morning: Inspiring Reflections on Nature and Discovery (1990) by David Brendan Hopes [2013]
  • A Stroll with William James (1983) by Jacques Barzun [2013]
  • The Thing about Life is that One Day You’ll Be Dead (2008) by David Shields [2013]
  • Virginia Woolf and Her World (1975) by John Lehmann [2013]
  • A Walk on the Beach: Tales of Wisdom from An Unconventional Woman (2004) by Joan Anderson [2013]
  • Adventures of an Accidental Sociologist: How to Explain the World without Becoming a Bore (2011) by Peter L. Berger [2012]
  • Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece (2000) by Hugo Vickers [2012]
  • Letters to a Friend (2011) by Diana Athill [2012]
  • 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]
  • Virginia Woolf (2000) by Nigel Nicolson [2012]
  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (2011) by Jeanette Winterson [2012]
  • Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille’s Epic The Ten Commandments (1999) by Katherine Orrison [2012]
  • Another Self (1970) by James Lees-Milne [2010]
  • At Eighty-Two: A Journal (1995)by May Sarton [2010]
  • Books: A Memoir (2008) by Larry McMurtry [2010]
  • Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity (2006) by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein [2010]
  • Counting My Chickens…and Other Home Thoughts (2002) by Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire  [2010]
  • John Adams (2001)  by David McCullough [the audiobook, read by Edward Herrmann] [2010]
  • Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal (2009) by Julie Metz  [2010]
  • Stet: An Editor’s Life (2000) by Diana Athill [2010]
  • The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws (2009) by Margaret Drabble [2010]
  • Moab is My Washpot: An Autobiography (1997) by Stephen Fry [2009]
  • A Case of Human Bondage (1966) by Beverly Nichols [2008]
  • Between the Dreaming and the Coming True: The Road Home to God (1996) by Robert Benson [2007]
  • Untold Stories (2006) by Alan Bennett [2007]
  • Auden (1995) by Richard Davenport-Hines [2007]
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) by Alison Bechdel [2007]
  • Love, Life, Goethe: Lessons of the Imagination from the Great German Poet (2006) by John Armstrong [2007]
  • Down the Garden Path (1932; reprinted 2005) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • A Thatched Roof (1933; reprinted 2005) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • A Village in the Valley (1934; reprinted 2005) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Green Grows the City (1939; reprinted 2006) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Merry Hall (1951; reprinted 1998) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Laughter on the Stairs (1953; reprinted 1998) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Sunlight on the Lawn (1956; reprinted 1999) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Garden Open Today (1963; reprinted 2002) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Garden Open Tomorrow (1968; reprinted 2002) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • All I Could Never Be: Some Recollections (1952) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Beverley Nichols: A Life (1991; reprinted 2000) by Bryan Connon [2006]
  • Are They the Same at Home? (1927) by Beverley Nichols [2006]
  • Virginia Woolf’s Nose: Essays on Biography (2005) by Hermione Lee [2006]
  • Gullible’s Travels: The Adventures of a Bad Taste Tourist (2003) by Cash Peters [2006]
  • Name All the Animals: A Memoir (2004) by Alison Smith [2006]
  • The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) by Joan Didion [2006]
  • Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life (2005) by Bob and Melinda Blanchard [2006]
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (2005) by Amy Krause Rosenthal [2006]
  • The Letters of Lytton Strachey (2005) edited by By Paul Levy [2006]
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004) by Stephen Greenblatt [2006]
  • The Poet’s Guide to Life: The Wisdom of Rilke (2005) edited by Ulrich Baer [2006]
  • Both: A Portrait in Two Parts (2004) by Douglas Crase [2005]
  • Our Paris: Sketches from Memory (2002) by Edmund White [2005]
  • Cottage for Sale (Must Be Moved) (2004) by Kate Whouley [2005]
  • Magical Thinking: True Stories (2004)  by Augusten Burroughs
  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary (2003) by Simon Winchester [2005]
  • The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde (2003) by Neil McKenna [2005]
  • Bosie: The Man, The Poet, the Lover of Oscar Wilde (2000) by Douglas Murray [2005]
  • Loving and Leaving the Good Life (1992) by Helen Nearing [2005]
  • Letters to a Spiritual Seeker  (edited 2004 by Bradley P. Dean ) by Henry David Thoreau [2005]
  • Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity  (2004) by Christopher Reed [2005]
  • Virginia Woolf  (2001) by Mary Ann Caws [2005]
  • Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939 (2003) by Virginia Nicholson [2004]
  • The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome (2003) by Michael Parenti [2004]
  • Glenway Wescott Personally (2002) by Jerry Rosco [2004]
  • String Too Short to be Saved: Recollections of Summers on a New England Farm (1960) by Donald Hall [2003]
  • The Duchess of Jermyn Street (1964) by Daphne Fielding [2003]
  • Vanessa Bell (1983) by Frances Spalding [2003]
  • Deceived by Kindness: A Bloomsbury Childhood (1984) by Angelica Garnett [2003]
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) by Sarah Vowell [2003]
  • Take the Cannoli (2000) by Sarah Vowell [2003]
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (1994) by Anne Lamott [2003]
  • Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (1999) by Anne Lamott [2003]
  • E.M. Forster and His World (1978) by Francis King [2002]
  • E.M. Forster: A Life (1978) by P.N. Furbank [2002]
  • Selected Letters (1985) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • Bosie: A Biography of Lord Alfred Douglas (2000) by Douglas Murray [2002]
  • The Lyttleton Hart-Davis Letters 1955-1962 (multiple volumes, 1984-1990) [2002]
  • Letters of Max Beerbohm, 1892-1956 (1989) edited by Rupert Hart-Davis [2002]
  • Virginia Woof: Life and London: A Biography of Place (1988) by Jean Moorcraft Wilson [2002]
  • Diaries (1985) by Dawn Powell [2002]
  • Selected Letters (1989) by Dawn Powell [2002]
  • For Your Eyes Alone (2001) by Robertson Davies [2002]
  • Shoes Outside the Door: Desire, Devotion, and Excess at San Francisco Zen Center (2001) by Michael Downing [2002]
  • Errata: A Life Examined (1998) by George Steiner [2001]
  • The Measure of My Days (1968) by Florida Scott-Maxwell [2001]
  • Remembering Randall (1999) by Mary von Schrader Jarrell [2001]
  • Paris to the Moon (2000) by Adam Gopnik [2001]
  • Uncle Mame: The Life of Patrick Dennis (2000) by Eric Meyers [2001]
  • Lies: A Diary, 1986-1999 (2000) by Ned Rorem [2001]
  • Widower’s House: A Study in Bereavement (2001) by John Bayley [2001]
  • Boswell’s Presumptious Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson (2000) by Adam Sisman [2001]
  • Who’s Afraid of Leonard Woolf? A Case for the Sanity of Virginia Woolf (2000) by Irene Coates [2001]
  • Oscar Wilde: A Certain Genius (2000) by Barbara Belford [2001]
  • Max: A Biography (1985) by David Cecil [2001]
  • A Mass for the Dead (1968) by William Gibson [2001]
  • Heaven’s Coast (1996) by Mark Doty [1996]
  • Becoming a Man (1992) by Paul Monette [1992]
  •  The Naked Civil Servant (1968) by Quentin Crisp [1991]
  • An Unknown Woman (1982) by Alice Koller [1990]
  • Stations of Solitude (1990) by Alice Koller [1990]
  • Journal of a Solitude (1973) by May Sarton [1990]
  • The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor (1988) edited by Sally Fitzgerald [1990]
  • An American Childhood (1988) by Annie Dillard [1990]

Poetry

  • “A Masque of Mercy” (1947)by Robert Frost [2010]
  • “A Masque of Reason” (1945)by Robert Frost [2010]
  • Pink Zinnia: Poems and Stories (2009) by Franklin Abbott [2010]

Essay Collections

  • And Yet… Essays (2015) by Christopher Hitchens [2016]
  • Dreamthorp: A Book of Essays Written in the Country (1905) by Alexander Smith [1830-1867] [2016]
  • The Outermost Dream: Literary Sketches (1997) by William Maxwell [2015]
  • As I Was Saying: A Chesterton Reader (1985) edited by Robert Knille [2014]
  • Eccentric Spaces (1977) by Robert Harbison [2014]
  • Personal Pleasures (1936) by Rose Macaulay [2014]
  • The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City (2011) by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Het [2012]
  • Memory and Enthusiasm: Essays, 1975-1985 (1988) by W.S. Di Piero [2012]
  • The Other Walk: Essays (2011) by Sven Birkerts [2012]
  • The Collected Prose, 1948-1998 (2010) by Zbigniew Herbert [2010]
  • The Portable Dorothy Parker [1977 edition] [2010]
  • Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (1999) by Umberto Eco [2009]
  • How Beautiful It Is, And How Easily Broken: Essays (2008) by Daniel Mendelsohn [2008]
  • My Unwritten Books (2008) by George Steiner [2008]
  • Speak What We Feel, Not What We Ought to Say: Reflections on Literature and Faith (2001)  by Frederick Buechner [2007]
  • Voice from the Attic (1960) by Robertson Davies [2007]
  • How to Be Alone (2003) by Jonathan Franzen [2007]
  • A Temple of Texts: Essays (2006) by William H. Gass [2006]
  • A Man Without a Country (2005) by Kurt Vonnegut [2006]
  • Assassination Vacation (2005) by Sarah Vowell [2006]
  • On Beauty and Being Just (2001) by Elaine Scarry [2006]
  • Arts and Letters (2004) by Edmund White [2005]
  • Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004) by Mary Oliver [2005]
  • The Polysyllabic Spree: Essays from ‘The Believer’ Magazine (2004) by Nick Nornby [2005]
  • Why Read? (2004) by Mark Edmundson [2005]
  • This I Believe: An A to Z of Life (2005) by Carlos Fuentes [2005]
  • Nonrequired Reading: Prose Pieces (2002) by Wistawa Szymborska [2004]
  • Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch (2004) by Hollis Gillespie [2004]
  • Two Cheers for Democracy (1938) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • One-Half of Robertson Davies (1978) by Robertson Davies [2002]
  • The Henry Miller Reader (1959) [2001]
  • The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade (1997) by Thomas Lynch [2001]
  • Bodies in Motion and At Rest (2000) by Thomas Lynch [2001]
  • The Burning Library: Essays (1994) by Edmund White [2001]
  • Feasting the Heart (2000) by Reynolds Price [2001]
  • Cathedrals of Kudzu (2000) by Hal Crowther [2001]
  • Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970) by William Gass [2001]
  • Habitations of the Word: Essays (1985) by William Gass [2001]
  • The Consolations of Philosophy (2000) by Alain de Botton [2001]
  • Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970) by William Gass [2001]
  • Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club (1996) edited by Bill Henderson [2001]
  • Fiction and the Figures of Life (1970) by William Gass [2001]
  • The Art of Travel (1962) by Henry James [2001]
  • Enemies of Promise: An Autobiography of Ideas (1939) by Cyril Connolly [1994]

Plays

  • The Lion in Winter (1966) by James Goldman [2012]

Commonplace Books

  • A Certain World: A Commonplace Book (1970) by W.H. Auden [2007]
  • Words I Wish I Wrote: A Collection of Writings That Inspired My Ideas (1997) by Robert Fulghum [2004]
  •  A Commonplace Book (1988) by E.M. Forster [2002]
  • A Gentleman’s Publisher’s Commonplace Book (1996) by John G. Murray [2001]

Fiction

  • All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr [2016]
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) by Oscar Wilde [2016]
  • The Goldfinch (2013) by Donna Tartt [2015]
  • Lila (2014) by Marilynne Robinson [2015]
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce [2015]
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (2014) by Rachel Joyce [2015]
  • Famous Last Words (1982) by Timothy Findley [2015]
  • Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman (1926) by Sylvia Townsend Warner [2015]
  • I Loved You More (2013) by Tom Spanbauer [2014]
  • Sea Change (2012) by Ken Anderson [2014]
  • The Bell (1958) by Iris Murdoch [2013]
  • The Last Templar (2005) by Raymond Khoury [2013]
  • Life After Life (2013) by Kate Atkinson [2013]
  • Mansfield Park (1814) by Jane Austen [the abridged audiobook narrated by Harriet Walter] [2013]
  • No Fond Return of Love (1961) by Barbara Pym [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]
  • The Angel’s Game (2008) by Carlos Ruiz Zafron [2012]
  • Author, Author (2004) by David Lodge [2012]
  • Gilead (2004) by Marilynne Robinson [2012]
  • Ladder of Years (1995) by Anne Tyler [2012]
  • Memoirs of Hadrian (1951) by Marguerite Yourcenar (translated from the French) [2012]
  • Cain (2011) by Jose Saramago [2011]
  • Cloud Atlas (2004) by David Mitchell [2011]
  • A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans (2010) by W. Bruce Cameron [2011]
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog (2006) by Muriel Barbery [2011]
  • The Help (2009) by Kathryn Stockett [2011]
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989) by John Irving [2011]
  • Tinkers (2009) by Paul Harding [2011]
  • Wittgenstein’s Nephew (1982) by Thomas Bernhard [2011]
  • The Beauty of Men (1996)by Andrew Holleran [2010]
  • Ethan Frome (1911) by Edith Wharton [2010]
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005) by Jonathan Safran Foer [2010]
  • The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald [2010]
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008) by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows [2010]
  • Nights in Aruba (1984)by Andrew Holleran [2010]
  • The Third Secret (2005) by Steve Berry [2010]
  • Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile (2006) by Verlyn Klinkenborg [2010]
  • The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (1938) [audiobook narrated by Alexander Spencer] [2009]
  • Three Junes by Julia Glass (2002) [for a Quaker book club meeting] [2009]
  • The Historian (2005) by Elizabeth Kostova [2008]
  • The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983; 1993) by Peter Ackroyd [2008]
  • The Uncommon Reader: A Novella (2007) by Alan Bennett [2007]
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert [2006]
  • The Shadow of the Wind (translated from the Spanish, 2004) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon [2005]
  • The Rule of Four (2004) by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason [2005]
  • The Master (2004) by Com Toibin [2005]
  • Carter Beats the Devil (2002) by Glen David Gold [2005]
  • Altered States (1996) by Anita Brookner [2005]
  • The Last Girls (2002) by Lee Smith [2004]
  • Crossing to Safety (1987) by Wallace Stegner [2004]
  • The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002) by Stephen Carter [2004]
  • Angels and Demons (2000) by Dan Brown [2004]
  • Bel Canto (2001) by Ann Patchett [2003]
  • The Secret Life of Bees (2002) by Sue Monk [2003]
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2001) by Dai Sijie [2003]
  • Ex Libris (2001) by Ross King [2003]
  • The Da Vinci Code (2003) by Dan Brown [2003]
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) by Dave Eggars [2002]
  • So Long, See You Tomorrow (1980) by William Maxwell [2002]
  • Instead of a Letter (1962) by Diana Athill [2001]
  • The Bookshop (1978) by Penelope Fitzgerald [2001]
  • Sourcery (1989) by Terry Bratcher [2001]
  • A Voice through a Cloud (1950) by Denton Welch [2001]
  • The Sixteen Pleasures (1994) by Robert Hellenga [2001]
  • A Long Day’s Dying (1950) by Frederick Buechner [1992]
  • Second Son (1988) by Robert Ferro [1991]

Miscellaneous

  • Epigrams of Oscar Wilde (2007) [2013]

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