What I Read for a Year

August 2017

Keith Lesmeister’s  We Could’ve Been Happy Here

Paul Beatty’s The Sellout

July 2017

Tim Taranto’s Ars Botanica

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees

Alexander Chee’s The Queen of the Night

Jessie Chaffee’s Florence in Ecstasy

June 2017

Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

Roxane Gay’s Hunger

Valeria Luiselli’s Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

May 2017

Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You

Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You

Katy Resch George’s Exposure

April 2017

Harriet Levin Millan’s How Fast Can You Run

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

March 2017

Kaitlyn Greenidge’s We Love You, Charlie Freeman

Valeria Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth

Peter Orner’s Am I Alone Here?

Fabienne Josephat’s Dancing in the Baron’s Shadow

Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn

Dina Elenbogen’s Drawn From Water

Donna Baier Stein’s Sympathetic People

James Alan McPherson’s Hue and Cry

Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women

Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir

Jen Rouse’s Acid and Tender

February 2017

Christopher Kang’s When He Sprang From His Bed, Staggered Backward, And Fell Dead, We Clung Together With Faint Hearts, And Mutely Questioned Each Other

John Lewis’s March

January 2017

Lidia Yuknavitch’s Chronology of Water

Best American Nonrequired Reading 2016

Bonnie Friedman’s Writing Past Dark

December 2016

Zoe Zolbrod’s The Telling

Best American Short Stories 2016

November 2016

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun

Abbi Jacobson’s Carry This Book

October 2016

Christine Sneed’s The Virginity of Famous Men

Margaret Cezair-Thompson’s The True History of Paradise

Jane Addams’s Twenty Years at Hull-House

Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun

Yolanda Nieves’s Dove Over Clouds

September 2016

Maxine Kumin’s The Pawnbroker’s Daughter: A Memoir

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle

Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin’s This is Modern Art

August 2016

Samantha Irby’s Meaty

Deji Bryce Olukotun’s Nigerians in Space