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Read in 2019

January 2, 2020

I read a lot of books in 2019. I did not count books assigned in my last semester at Duke or books I did not finish. The list is in the order I finished them.

I loved every work I read by Anaïs Nin, all of them sexy and surprising and beautiful. Sontag's Illness as Metaphor and particularly AIDS as Metaphor, as well as Oppression and Liberty by Simone Weil which I started in the spring and plan to finish in 2020, made me reconsider my relationship with science and medicine. This Life by Martin Hägglund allowed me to see both atheism and anti-capitalism in a more coherent way. The Magic Mountain was a striking meditation on the passage of time. All summer long I stayed at home in Portland feeling much like my life had come to a standstill. This book gave me 850 pages to take that as its own form of learning. I read Argonauts on the train home from upstate New York with my little sister asleep beside me. Family is a precious thing.


The Goldfinch, Tartt
Anagrams, Moore
Less, Greer
Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver
Illness as Metaphor, AIDS as Metaphor, Susan Sontag
Let the Great World Spin, McCann
Gods Without Men, Kunzru
Reborn, Sontag
The Last Communist Virgin, Wang Ping
Once and Forever, Miyazawa
A Bollywood Affair, Dev
Regarding the Pain of Others, Sontag
Brave New World, Huxley
Glamorama, Ellis
The Waste Land, TS Eliot
House of Holes, Nicholson
Mary, Nabokov
Candy, Southern and Hoffenberg
A Spy in the House of Love, Nin
The Sorrows of Young Werther & Novella, Goethe
The Left Hand of Darkness, Le Guin
Normal People, Rooney
Collages, Nin
Home Remedies, Wang
Written on the Body, Winterson
The Magic Mountain, Mann (Woods)
My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Moshfegh
Housekeeping, Robinson
When Strangers Meet, Stark
The Stepford Wives, Levin
Single White Female, Lutz
The Radium Girls, Moore
Untrue, Martin
Winter of Artifice, Nin
Honor, Shafak
Pamela, Richardson
Tropic of Cancer, Miller
This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, Hägglund
Delta of Venus, Nin
Seduction of the Minotaur, Nin
Found in the Street, Highsmith
A Little Life, Yanagihara
Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens
A Doll’s House, Ibsen
Argonauts, Nelson
Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan, Lavery
Memento Mori, Spark
The Price of Salt, Highsmith
Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie
Sense and Sensibility, Austen
House of Leaves, Danielewski
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Egan
The Little Friend, Tartt
Severance, Ma
Submission, Houellebeqc
Lake Success, Shteyngart