Recommended Reading

Books Read in 2019


The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

Time Done Won’t Be No More by William Gay


The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business by Josh Kaufman

The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need by Susan Thurman

The Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed

SEO 2019 by Adam Clarke

Mastering Google Adwords 2019 by Noah Gray

Books Read in 2018


Remember Me Like This: A Novel by Bret Anthony Johnston

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson

Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Blindnesss by Jose Saramago

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer


Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala


Books Read in 2017


Arcadia by Lauren Groff

The Risen by Ron Rash

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Scrapper by Matt Bell

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (second read)

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke

Fay by Larry Brown (third read)

Ways to Spend the Night by Pamela Painter

Everything I never Told you by Celeste Ng

The Missing by Tim Gautreaux

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy

Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy (third read)

American Rust by Philipp Meyer


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

The Rose Metal Field Guide to Prose Poetry edited by Gary F. McDowell et al

Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiayosaki

The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maass


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes 

The Tunnel: Selected Poems by Russell Edson

Books Read in 2016


Cold by John Smolens

The Marble Orchard by Alex Taylor

The Best Small Fictions 2015 edited by Robert Olen Butler

Love Me Back by Merritt Tierce

Sinners of Sanction County by Charles Dodd White

Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel by Claire Vaye Watkins

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

Fay by Larry Brown (fourth read)

Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

33 Moments of Happiness: St. Petersburg Stories by Ingo Schulze

The Best Small Fictions 2016 edited by Stuart Dybek


Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

An Innocent Abroad: Life-changing Trips from 35 Great Writers edited by John Berendt and Dave Eggers


The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward

Displacement by Leslie Harrison

Books Read in 2015


The Best American Noir of the Century edited by James Ellroy

Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins

The Long Home by William Gay

Country Hardball by Steve Weddle

God’s Country by Percival Everett

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (second read)



The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray


Books Read in 2014


Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson

Florida by Christine Schutt

Good Brother by Chris Offutt

The Virgins by Pamela Erens

We Need New Names: A Novel by NoViolet Bulawayo

Big Ray: A Novel by Michael Kimball

Praying Drunk by Kyle Minor

Prosperous Friends by Christine Schutt

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

The Isle of Youth: Stories by Laura van den Berg

Joe by Larry Brown

Goat Mountain by David Vann

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

Tampa by Alissa Nutting



The Best American Poetry 2013 edited by David Lehman

Books Read in 2013


The Evening Hour: A Novel by Carter Sickels

The Ice at the Bottom of the World: Stories by Mark Richard

The Wrecking Yard and Other Stories by Pinckney Benedict

Dirty Havana Trilogy: A Novel in Stories by Pedro Juan Gutierrez

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories by Ron Rash

Refresh Refresh: Stories by Benjamin Percy

Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories edited by Jerome Stern

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Sudden Stories: The Mammoth book of Miniscule Fiction edited by Dinty W. Moore

They Don’t Dance Much: A Novel by James Ross

The Name of the Nearest River: Stories by Alex Taylor

Brevity & Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories edited by Abigail Beckel et al.

The Trial: A New Translation Based on the Restored Text by Franz Kafka

The Brief Wondrous Lifer of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Poachers by Tom Franklin

Welding with Children by Tim Gautreaux

Burning Bright: Stories by Ron Rash

Provinces of Night by William Gay

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

Cataclysm Baby by Matt Bell


Pot Farm by Matthew Gavin Frank

Halls of Fame: Essays by John D’Agata

The Next American Essay edited by John D’Agata

Neck Deep and Other Predicaments by Ander Monson

In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction edited by Mary P. Jones

The Rose Metal Press Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction edited by Dinty W. Moore

The Rose Metal Press Guide to Writing Flash Fiction edited by Tara L. Masih

In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal edited by Mary P. Jones

Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction edited by Judith Kitchen

Crapalachia: A Biography of a Place by Scott McClanahan

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Eric Bonner

The Power of Critical Theory by Stephen D. Brookfield

Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance by Gerald Vizenor

House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home by Mark Richard


The Best American Poetry guest edited by Mark Doty

Waking by Ron Rash