Reading 2014

January February

* The Viennese: Splendor, Twilight and Exile, Paul Hofmann

Marx in Soho, Howard Zinn (play)

The Widow’s Children, Paula Fox

What Am I Doing Here, Bruce Chatwin rr

The Joker, Lars Saaybe Christensen

Exiled in Paris (Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett et al) James Campbell

Mondo & Other Stories, J.M.G. Le Clezio (French Nobel prize winner; mystical tales of children discovering their own worlds)

Love is Like Park Avenue, Alvin Levin (little known 1930s Jewish writer, New York lower middle class, stream of consciousness stories, very good.)

Mr. Noon, D. H. Lawrence

* The Fall of the Stone City, Ismail Kadare

Among the Missing, Morag Joss

** The Surrendered, Chang-Rae Lee

This Timeless Moment: A Personal View of Aldous Huxley, Laura Archera Huxley

March April May

Paradise of the Blind, Duong Thu Huong

A Travellers History of Greece, Colin Nicolson & Timothy Boatswain

Listening to Prozac, Peter D. Kramer

Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42, William Dalrymple

Ill Met by Moonlight, Moss (story of capture of German General in Crete during WWII by him & Paddy Leigh Fermor)

Book of Cat Stories

The Lives of Elsa Triolet, Lachlan MacKinnon

Fault, Kate Chopin

Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen, Robert Tarrant

The Palace of Tears, Alef Lyttle Croutier

Wonder, Hugo Klaus (Dutch)

Under a Sickle Moon, A Journey Through Afghanistan, Peregrine Hodson

Versailles, Kathryn Davis

Men in the Sun, Ghassan Kanafani (Palestinian)

The Child, Jules Valles

T is for Trespass, Sue Grafton

The Bat, Jo Nesbo

Sparks of Light/Counseling in Hasidic Tradition. Edward Hoffman, Zalman Schacter

Europa, Tim Parks

June July August

* Lyubka the Cossack & other stories, Isaac Babel

Latecomers, Anita Brookner

The Abandoned, Paul Gallico

Away, Amy Bloom

In the Absence of Men, Phillipe Besson (novel wt. M. Proust as a character)

On the Grand Canal, William Riviere

1177 B.C. -- The Year Civilization Collapsed, Eric Cline

Alpine Elephant (the 1959 British Alpine Hannibal Expedition), John Hoyte

Hamlet’s Mill: An essay investigating the origins of human knowledge and its transmission through myth, Giorgio De Santillana & Hertha von Dechend

The Open Cage, Anzia Yezierska (story collection)

The Pride of Carthage (a novel of Hannibal) David Anthony Durham

Crash, Robert Ashley (autobiog. performance texts)

Dancing Goddesses: Neolithic Culture & the Origins of European Dance, Elizabeth Wayland Barber

The Royal Game & other stories, Stefan Zweig

No One Noticed the Cat, Anne McCaffrey

Two Lives, William Trevor (novellas, Irish)

The Disapparition of James, Anne Ursu

September October November December

When They Severed Earth from Sky- How the Human Mind Shapes Myth, Elizabeth Wayland Barber

The Ego is Always at the Wheel, Delmore Schwartz (short stories)

Biography of Athenais de Montespan—Louis XIV’s Mistress, Lisa Hilton

Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy, Erin Manning

The Killing of History, Keith Windschutte

** The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Victor Serge

Destinations, Jan Morris  (1970s travel essays)

* The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Amy Tan

Skating on Thin Ice, Anatol Rapaport

Compulsory Happiness, Norman Manea

A Boy and a Pigeon, Meir Zalef

Travel Pictures, Heinrich Heine

The Process, Brion Gysin (pretty much all of William Burroughs’

Ideas, before  Burroughs had them.)

A Journey into the Crystal, George Sand

The Daffodil Affair, Michael Innes

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, Margaret Atwood

New Mexico Art Through Time, Joseph Traugott

The World: Travels & Life 1950-2000, Jan Morris

The Late Scholar, Jill Paton Walsh