Reading list

2020

January

  • Less - Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Four Noble Truths - Venerable Ajahn Sumedho
  • Taking the Leap - Pema Chödrön
  • Siddhartha’s Brain - James Kingsland
  • The Places that Scare You - Pema Chödrön
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
  • Why Buddhism is True - Robert Wright
  • Lost Connections - Johann Hari

February

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone - Lori Gottlieb
  • The Refugees - Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • How to love - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Don’t be a Jerk - Brad Warner
  • The Institute - Stephen King
  • Strange Planet - Nathan Pyle

March

  • The Man Who Knew Infinity - Robert Kanigel
  • When Panic Attacks - David D. Burns
  • Visions of Infinity - Ian Stewart
  • The Wild Shore - Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Gold Coast - Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Pacific Edge - Kim Stanley Robinson

April

  • The Topeka School - Ben Lerner
  • Seven Eves - Neal Stephenson

May

  • The Stand - Stephen King
  • The Paper Menagerie - Ken Liu
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead - Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Undying - Anne Boyer
  • Feeling Good Together - David D. Burns

June

  • Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Surviving Autocracy - Masha Gessen
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
  • The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

July

  • Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Zyzzyva #118: The 35th Anniversary Issue
  • The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead
  • The Art of Living - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Stranger Planet - Nathan W. Pyle
  • Owls Do Cry - Janet Frame
  • A Room of One’s Own - Virginia Woolf

August

  • The Origins of Totalitarianism - Hannah Arendt
  • White Fragility - Robin DiAngelo
  • The Sandman - Neil Gaiman

September

  • Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All - Laird Barron
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden - Joanne Greenberg

2019

January

  • A New Selected Poems - Galway Kinnell
  • China’s Great Wall of Debt - Dinny McMahon
  • The Essential W.S. Merwin - W.S. Merwin
  • Manifestly Haraway - Donna Haraway
  • Carceral Capitalism - Jackie Wang

February

  • Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • No Nature - Gary Snyder
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

March

  • The Problem with Being Born - E. M. Cioran
  • Asymmetry - Lisa Halliday
  • The Real Work - Gary Snyder
  • How to Change Your Mind - Michael Pollen

April

  • The Collected Schizophrenias - Esme Weijun Wang
  • Conversations with Kafka - Gustav Janouch
  • Tao Teh Ching - Lao Tzu

May

  • Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
  • When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
  • Watership Down - Richard Adams
  • The Castle - Franz Kafka
  • Learning to Die in the Anthropocene - Roy Scranton
  • Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl
  • In Love with the World - Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Death’s End - Cixin Liu

June

  • Under Red Skies - Karoline Kan
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong
  • The Recovering - Leslie Jamison
  • The Great Believers - Rebecca Makkai
  • Chasing the Chinese Dream - Nick Holdstock
  • Illuminations - Arthur Rimbaud
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead - Robert A.F. Thurman
  • The Overstory - Richard Powers

July

  • The Future is History - Masha Gessen
  • Invisible Planets - Ken Liu
  • The Stranger in the Woods - Michael Finkel
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics - Carlo Rovelli
  • The Uninhabitable Earth - David Wallace-Wells

August

  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism - Shoshana Zuboff
  • Blindness - José Saramago
  • White Oleander - Janet Fitch
  • The Order of Time - Carlo Rovelli

September

  • Crashed - Adam Tooze
  • The Past Life Perspective - Ann C. Barham

October

  • Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
  • Journey to the End of the Night - Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  • The Unwomanly Face of War - Svetlana Alexievich
  • The Double and The Gambler - Dostoevsky
  • Carrie - Stephen King

November

  • The Sellout - Paul Beatty
  • What To Think About Machines That Think - John Brockman
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
  • The Idiot - Elif Batuman

December

  • Underground - Haruki Murakami
  • How to live without fear and worry - K. Sri Dhammananda
  • The light fantastic - Terry Pratchett
  • Everything we do matters - Venerable Wuling
  • Exhalation - Ted Chiang
  • Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change - Pema Chödrön

2018

January

  • ZYZZYVA, No. 111
  • Travels with Charley - John Steinbeck
  • A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
  • The Gunslinger - Stephen King
  • The Martian - Andy Weir
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing - Jesmyn Ward
  • Night Sky with Exit Wounds - Ocean Vuong
  • Songs for the Open Road

February

  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  • Train Dreams - Denis Johnson
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
  • Blue Highways - William Least Heat-Moon

March

  • The Book of Disquiet - Fernando Pessoa

April

  • How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life - Seneca
  • The Parasite - Michael Serres
  • Janesville - Amy Goldstein

May

  • The Floating World - Cynthia Kadohata
  • Young China - Zak Dychtwald
  • Strange Weather in Tokyo - Hiromi Kawakami
  • Automating Inequality - Virginia Eubanks

June

  • The Gene - Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Stoner - John Williams
  • Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist - Sunil Yapa
  • Jesus’ Son - Denis Johnson
  • Life on Mars - Tracy K. Smith

July

  • The Courage of Hopelessness - Slavoj Zizek
  • The Dark Forest - Liu Cixin
  • The Vanished - Léna Mauger and Stéphane Remael
  • The Law - Frederic Bastiat
  • I am a Strange Loop - Douglas Hofstadter

August

  • Convenience Store Woman - Sayaka Murata
  • Haunted by Chaos - Sulmaan Wasif Khan
  • The Extent of My Own Stupidity - Soko Morinaga
  • The Rinzai Zen Way - Meido Moore
  • The Perfect Weapon - David E. Sanger
  • Men without Women - Haruki Murakami

September

  • The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  • The Future of the Mind - Michio Kaku
  • The Body Artist - Don Delillo
  • CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders
  • The Heart of a Dog - Mikhail Bulgakov

October

  • Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
  • Everything and More - David Foster Wallace
  • The Emotional Craft of Fiction - Donald Maas
  • Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist - Paul Kingsnorth
  • How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays - Alexander Chee
  • Dreamland - Sam Quinones

November

  • A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise - Sandra Allen
  • Screenwriting for Neurotics - Scott Sublett
  • The Incendiaries - R.O. Kwon
  • The Problem With Me - Han Han
  • The Iowa Review Fall 2018
  • There There - Tommy Orange

December

  • Prairie Schooner Fall 2018
  • Selected Poems - William Carlos Williams
  • The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
  • Jack of Shadows - Roger Zelazny
  • Mao II - Don DeLillo
  • The Collected Poems - Sylvia Plath
  • Severance - Ling Ma

2017

January

  • Evicted - Matthew Desmond
  • The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wohlleben
  • Story Trumps Structure - Steven James
  • Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance
  • Gold Fame Citrus - Claire Vaye Watkins
  • “Surely, You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” - Richard P. Feynman
  • The Moor’s Account - Laila Lalami

February

  • Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee
  • Another Brooklyn - Jacqueline Woodson
  • Hot Milk - Deborah Levy
  • Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Outline - Rachel Cusk
  • Lucifer at the Starlite: Poems - Kim Addonizio

March

  • The Book of Unknown Americans - Cristina Henríquez
  • Exit West - Moshin Hamid
  • Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
  • Best American Short Stories 2016
  • Double Switch - T.T. Monday

April

  • Homesick for Another World - Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Family Life - Akhil Sharma
  • LaRose - Louise Erdrich

May

  • The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer
  • The Leavers - Lisa Ko
  • Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - Janna Levin

June

  • The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
  • The Unsettlers - Mark Sundeen
  • Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China - Alec Ash
  • Stories Of Your Life And Other Stories - Ted Chiang
  • The Divided Self - R.D. Laing
  • Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road - Rob Schmitz
  • Rise of the Robots - Martin Ford
  • China’s Second Continent - Howard W. French

July

  • The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery - Janwillem van de Wetering
  • The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
  • White Noise - Don DeLillo
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
  • Drown - Junot Diaz
  • Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
  • In Our Time - Ernest Hemingway
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

August

  • Zen Confidential: Confessions of Wayward Monk - Shozen Jack Haubner
  • On Anarchism - Noam Chomsky
  • Heidegger - Jonathan Ree
  • Birds of America - Lorrie Moore

September

  • The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are - Alan Watts
  • Emily Dickinson: A Collection of Critical Essays
  • A Citizen’s Guide to Ecology - Lawrence B. Slobodkin
  • Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

October

  • The Stone Raft - Jose Saramago
  • Cosmicomics - Italo Calvino
  • Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century - Jessica Bruder
  • goodbye, things - Fumio Sasaki
  • A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories - Lucia Berlin
  • The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

November

  • My Struggle: Book 1 - Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • The Sixth Extinction - Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Anti-Natalism: Rejectionist Philosophy from Buddhism to Benatar - Ken Coates
  • Assisted: An Autobiography - John Stockton
  • The Invisibility Cloak - Ge Fei
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard

December

  • Story Genius - Lisa Cron
  • Fantasyland - Kurt Anderson
  • On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
  • Life Is a Miracle - Wendell Berry

2016

January

  • Native Speaker - Chang-Rae Lee
  • Flash Boys - Michael Lewis
  • The Dark Net - Jamie Bartlett

February

  • The Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson
  • Tender Buttons - Gertrude Stein
  • Imagist Poetry: An Anthology - Bob Blaisdell
  • The Waste Land and other poems - T.S. Eliot
  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - Steven Levy
  • Lost in the Funhouse - John Barth
  • Pedro Paramo - Juan Rulfo
  • Winesburg, Ohio - Sherwood Anderson

March

  • Cane - Jean Toomer
  • The Pastures of Heaven - John Steinbeck
  • The Periodic Table - Primo Levi

April

  • The Invitation-Only Zone - Robert S. Boynton
  • 100 Selected Poems - e.e. Cummings
  • Howl and other poems - Allen Ginsberg
  • The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin

May

  • A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
  • Purity - Jonathan Franzen
  • Dreaming in Cuban - Cristina Garcia
  • A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape From North Korea - Eunsun Kim
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick

June

  • The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories - Bruno Schulz
  • The Hidden People - Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh
  • The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen

July

  • Ficciones - Luis Jorge Borges
  • A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick
  • Best American Short Stories 2015
  • Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself - David Lipsky
  • North Korea Undercover - John Sweeney
  • Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China - Evan Osnos
  • Quiet - Susan Cain
  • Voices from Chernobyl - Svetlana Alexievich
  • The End of the Story - Lydia Davis
  • When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chödrön
  • Zeno’s Conscience - Italo Svevo

August

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris
  • True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • On Being Stuck: Tapping Into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block - Laraine Herring
  • Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud - Elizabeth Greenwood
  • Wonderbook - Jeff Vandermeer
  • Awaken to the Buddha Within - Venerable Wuling
  • How to live without Fear & Worry - K. Sri Dhammananda

September

  • Postcolonialism: A very short introduction - Robert J.C. Young
  • Globalization: a very short introduction - Manfred Steger
  • The English Patient - Michael Ondaatje

October

  • Lucy - Jamaica Kincaid
  • Season of Migration to the North - Tayeb Salih

November

  • Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade - Assia Djebar
  • All Monsters Must Die: An Excursion to North Korea - Magnus Bartas & Fredrik Ekman
  • The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves – And Why It Matters - B.R. Myers

December

  • The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
  • The Vegetarian - Han Kang
  • The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty - Vendela Vida
  • Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

2015

January

  • Fooling Houdini - Alex Stone
  • The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
  • The Art of Fiction - John Gardner

February

  • A Beautiful Mind - Sylvia Nasar
  • Tenth of December - George Saunders
  • Party of One - Anneli Rufus
  • ZYZZYVA: Winter 2014
  • Plot & Structure - James Scott Bell
  • Creating Characters - Dwight V. Swain
  • Treating the ‘Untreatable’ - Ira Steinman
  • What the Dog Saw - Malcom Gladwell

March

  • Best American Short Stories 2014
  • Brain Wars - Mario Beauregard
  • Scene & Structure - Jack M. Bickham
  • Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
  • Schizophrenia: A Blueprint for Recovery - Milt Greek
  • Noctuary - Thomas Ligotti
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain - David Eagleman
  • Conflict, Action & Suspense - William Noble
  • The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014

April

  • Mad in America - Robert Whitaker
  • The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis - Lydia Davis
  • On Teaching and Writing Fiction - Wallace Stegner
  • Teatro Grottesco - Thomas Ligotti
  • Daring Greatly - Brené Brown

May

  • The Spiritual Gift of Madness  - Seth Farber
  • Lightning - Dean Koontz
  • On Writing - Stephen King
  • ZYZZYVA: Spring/Summer 2015
  • Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - Haruki Murakamai
  • Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan
  • Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
  • On Becoming a Novelist - John Gardner

June

  • My Age of Anxiety - Scott Stossel
  • Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Fear - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Isle of Youth - Laura van den Berg
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves - Lynne Truss
  • The Looney-Bin Trip - Kate Millet

July

  • Anatomy of an Epidemic - Robert Whitaker
  • The Conspiracy against the Human Race - Thomas Ligotti
  • The Trial - Franz Kafka
  • The Paris Review No. 213, Summer 2015
  • Vintage Munro - Alice Munro

August

  • Annihilation - Jeff Vandermeer
  • Authority - Jeff Vandermeer
  • Red Dragon - Thomas Harris

September

  • Acceptance - Jeff Vandermeer
  • Wind/Pinball - Haruki Murakami
  • Phaedrus - Plato
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
  • Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari

October

  • Colorless Tsukuru Tasaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami

December

  • Into the Valley - Ruth Galm
  • To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
  • Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis - Mark Binelli
  • The Intuitionist - Colson Whitehead
  • The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne