...and why I've read them.
  1. Emperors Children by Claire Messud
    Highly recommended by one of my favorites, @sloane_crosley
  2. The Clasp by @sloane_crosley
    One of my favorite essayists (and Mad Men recapper) made the leap into fiction.
  3. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
    Book club pick.
  4. After A While You Just Get Used To It by Gwendolyn Knapp
    I'm a sucker for personal essays.
  5. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
    Takes place in my native Detroit and was short listed for Important Sounding Awards™.
  6. I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
    Kween/Forever Favorite. 'Everything is Copy' making everyone buzz about her again.
  7. The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho
    My girlfriends have been passing this around for a few months.
  8. Freakonomics by Steven D.Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
    Reread an old favorite after too much brain candy.
  9. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
    Perspective. Needed to LOL about some of my first world problems.
  10. After Birth by Elisa Albert
    Needed a book to start and finish on a four hour flight. Heard about it in a listicle, probably.
  11. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
    I'd never read anything by this particular dead, white guy.
  12. The Visiting Privilege by Joy Williams
    Book club pick.
  13. The White Album by Joan Didion
    I'm ashamed to admit that before this, the only thing I'd read by her was her packing list.
  14. In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
    I cannot remember who recommended this, but I do remember that it came highly recommended but sat in my Amazon wish list for like a year.
  15. Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron
    With all of this excitement about Hillz, it felt important to revisit some OG feminist essays. Plus, kween.
  16. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
    Lots of buzz/spent a long weekend in the woods and this felt like fitting reading material.
  17. Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron
    Can't stop, won't stop.
  18. Gonzo Girl by Cheryl Della Pietra
    Last summer's must-read-beach-read I finally had the context for.
  19. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
    So much hype. Lived up to it all and then some.
  20. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
    Can't stop won't stop with the classics.
  21. Superfreakonomics by Steven D.Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
    Forgot how much I love their thinking.
  22. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    Can't get enough of her. V late to that party. Have a feeling I'll gobble up the rest of her work by the end of the year.
  23. Think Like a Freak by Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
    Obsessive personality, etc
  24. Maestra by LS Hilton
    Lifestyle porn (and real porn?) beachy read overemphasized by a listicle that I read in a fever dream of the heat dome.
  25. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    Recommended by lots & lots (has a cult following?) The book she wrote before she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-r.
  26. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Why the hell not?
  27. Foreign Affairs by Allison Lurie
    Rec by @Lenny
  28. Barrel Fever by David Sedaris
    Felt like the right time to start his body of work from the beginning.
  29. On the Road by Jack Keoac
    Classics, forever, etc
  30. Lightning People by Christopher Bollen
    Read his other book last year and loved it.
  31. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Path
    Have I mentioned I'm reading American classics this year?
  32. What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell
    Nonfiction salve for the soul.
  33. Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen
    @npr duh
  34. Run River by Joan Didion
    Starting her body of work from the...start
  35. So Sad Today by Melissa Broder
    Winner, winner Twitter ...etc
  36. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
    Seasonally appropriate reading for a New England October
  37. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
    Recommended on a first date.
  38. Living With A Dead Language by Ann Patty
  39. Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris
    Seasonally appropriate/ next in his queue