Books I’ve finished

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” - Jorge Luis Borges

Bolded -- one of my favorites

Italicized -- re-read


  1. The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
  2. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
  3. House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
  4. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi
  5. Blankets, Craig Thompson
  6. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Raymond Carver
  7. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
  8. Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine
  9. Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer
  10. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
  12. Looking For Alaska, John Green
  13. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  14. Scott Pilgrim: Volume 1-6, Bryan Lee-O'Malley
  15. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, Marjane Satrapi
  16. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole


  1. Asian American Women and Men: Labor, Laws and Love, Yen Le Espiritu
  2. SAM I AM, Garrett H. Omata
  3. The Music Lessons, Wakako Yamauchi
  4. The Accidental Asian, Eric Liu
  5. Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America, Ji-Yeon Yuh
  6. Passing It On, Yuri Kochiyama
  7. Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, Cherylene Lee
  8. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora, Martin F. Manalansan IV
  9. American Knees, Shawn Wong
  1. Still Life with Woodpecker, Tom Robbins
  2. What is the What, Dave Eggers
  3. The Cider House Rules, John Irving
  4. A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  5. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  6. The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  7. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian, Kurt Vonnegut
  8. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race and Family Life, Annette Lareau
  9. The Crucible, Arthur Miller
  10. Our Town, Thornton Wilder
  11. A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  12. Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
  13. At Home, Bill Bryson


  1. Bossypants, Tina Fey (audiobook)
  2. Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace
  3. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide, Stephen Burn
  4. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  5. The Hours, Michael Cunningham
  6. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
  7. The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz


  1. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  2. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
  3. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  4. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  5. The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen
  6. Quirkyalone, Sasha Cagen
  7. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
  8. Tinkers, Paul Harding
  9. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
  10. A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson (audiobook)
  11. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  12. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  13. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
  14. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  1. Great House, Nicole Krauss
  2. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg


  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  3. Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  5. Night, Elie Wiesel
  6. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris
  7. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  8. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
  9. Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
  10. The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
  11. America is in the Heart, Carlos Bulosan
  12. Sleepwalk with Me, Mike Birbiglia
  13. No-No Boy, John Okada
  14. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  15. Waiting, Ha Jin
  16. Dear Life, Alice Munro
  17. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
  18. Tenth of December, George Saunders
  19. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
  20. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  21. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
  22. How We Are Hungry, Dave Eggers
  23. Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger
  24. No One Belongs Here More than You, Miranda July
  25. If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin
  26. Drown, Junot Diaz
  27. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera


  1. Swamplandia!, Karen Russell
  2. Yes, Please!, Amy Poehler (audiobook)
  3. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  4. The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
  5. Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle
  6. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin
  7. Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, Helen Zia
  8. The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion
  9. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Michael Chabon
  10. A Personal Matter, Kenzaburō Ōe
  11. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling (audiobook)
  12. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford
  13. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley
  14. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  15. We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  16. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion
  17. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
  18. The Penguin History of New Zealand, Michael King
  19. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  20. The Bone People, Keri Hulme
  21. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  22. The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert
  23. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  24. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
  25. In the Country, Mia Alvar
  26. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
  27. The Book of Salt, Monique Truong
  28. I Love Yous Are for White People, Lac Su
  29. Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee
  30. Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, Evan Osnos
  31. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
  32. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan
  33. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  34. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  35. The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  36. East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, Andrew Lam
  37. Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
  38. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  39. Several short sentences about writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg
  40. The Infinite Wait, Julia Wertz
  41. Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
  42. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  43. Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help, Larissa MacFarquhar


  1. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  2. Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine
  3. Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
  4. Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, Dan Fagin
  5. Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street, Robert L. Okin, MD
  6. The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
  7. The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson
  8. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
  9. A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  10. Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
  11. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel
  12. Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference, William MacAskill
  13. The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism Is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically, Peter Singer
  14. A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara
  15. The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer
  16. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation, Rebecca Traister
  17. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein
  18. My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  19. Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women, Rebecca Traister
  20. In Other Words, Jhumpa Lahiri
  21. Modern Romance: An Investigation, Aziz Ansari (audiobook)
  22. All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks
  23. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, Guy Delisle
  24. Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, Claude M. Steele
  25. The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell
  26. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson
  27. Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel
  28. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Anne Fadiman
  29. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  30. Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion
  31. Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
  32. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, Elizabeth Kolbert
  33. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, Svetlana Alexievich
  34. Burma Chronicles, Guy Delisle
  35. Scenes from an Impending Marriage: A Prenuptial Memoir, Adrian Tomine
  36. The Gene: An Intimate History, Siddhartha Mukherjee
  37. Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China, Guy Delisle
  38. Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City, Guy Delisle
  39. What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Helen Oyeyemi
  40. The Argonauts, Maggie Nelson (audiobook)
  41. Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, Pierre Cabanne
  42. Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine (audiobook)
  43. Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings, Yoko Ono
  44. Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle
  45. Love in a Fallen City, Eileen Chang
  46. Too Loud a Solitude, Bohumil Hrabal
  47. Flow, Philip Ball
  48. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), Andy Warhol
  49. The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, Marina Keegan
  50. How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
  51. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury


  1. The Lover, Marguerite Duras
  2. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie
  3. Seize the Day, Saul Bellow
  4. Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher (audiobook)
  5. The Complete Stories, Flannery O’Connor
  6. Memoirs, Pablo Neruda
  7. What We Talk About When We Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami (audiobook)
  8. Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, Carl Wilson
  9. Bluets, Maggie Nelson
  10. The Lonely City, Olivia Laing
  11. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. Just Kids, Patti Smith
  13. Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood
  14. Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Paul Bloom
  15. Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
  16. Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
  17. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
  18. Mourning Diary, Roland Barthes
  19. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid (audiobook)
  20. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  21. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, Dan Egan
  22. Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life, Helen Czerski
  23. This is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, David Foster Wallace
  24. Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
  25. Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russell Hochschild
  26. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance
  27. Chemistry, Weike Wang
  28. Blue Nights, Joan Didion
  29. Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
  30. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, Audre Lorde
  31. The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
  32. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  33. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, Piper Kerman (audiobook)
  34. Hostage, Guy Delisle
  35. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay (audiobook)
  36. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (audiobook)
  37. The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui
  38. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo
  39. Lab Girl, Hope Jahren
  40. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  41. American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
  42. When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, Chen Chen
  43. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer (audiobook)
  44. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (audiobook)
  45. American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, Jeffrey Toobin
  46. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande (audiobook)
  47. Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  48. The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, Jeffrey Toobin
  49. The Sellout, Paul Beatty
  50. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
  51. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, Sherman Alexie
  52. The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante
  53. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante
  54. The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante


  1. Grief is the Thing with Feathers, Max Porter
  2. You Will Not Have My Hate, Antoine Leiris
  3. Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Ocean Vuong
  4. It's OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, Megan Devine
  5. There is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love, Kelsey Crowe, PhD and Emily McDowell
  6. Dying: A Memoir, Cory Taylor
  7. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  8. Paper Girls 1, Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
  9. Depression & Other Magic Tricks, Sabrina Benaim
  10. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed
  11. The Empathy Exams: Essays, Leslie Jamison
  12. Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett
  13. Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
  14. So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
  15. Barbara the Slut and Other People, Lauren Holmes
  16. A Wild Sheep Chase, Haruki Murakami
  17. The Crossover, Kwame Alexander
  18. Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig
  19. Ghost Of, Diana Khoi Nguyen
  20. The Border of Paradise, Esmé Weijun Wang
  21. Less, Andrew Sean Greer
  22. Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang
  23. The Idiot, Elif Batuman
  24. Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill
  25. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
  26. Twelve Angry Men, Reginald Rose
  27. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron
  28. Wade in the Water, Tracy K. Smith
  29. Everything Here is Beautiful, Mira T. Lee
  30. An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness, Kay Redfield Jamison
  31. And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready, Meaghan O’Connell
  32. The Lover’s Dictionary, David Levithan
  33. Educated, Tara Westover
  34. A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, Sue Klebold
  35. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Stories from the Crematory, Caitlin Doughty
  36. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, Ellen Forney
  37. The Mars Room, Rachel Kushner
  38. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman
  39. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brené Brown
  40. The Incendiaries, R.O. Kwon
  41. The Pisces, Melissa Broder
  42. Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness, Alisa Roth
  43. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, Brené Brown
  44. The Seas, Samantha Hunt
  45. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari
  46. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh
  47. Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, Kristin Neff, PhD
  48. My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs: The Nobel Lecture, Kazuo Ishiguro
  49. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  50. The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, Christopher K. Germer, PhD (audiobook)
  51. Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  52. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  53. Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart, Tara Bennett-Goleman (audiobook)
  54. Daytripper, Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
  55. Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, Elisha Goldstein, PhD (audiobook)
  56. The Friend, Sigrid Nunez
  57. Empire State: A Love Story (or Not), Jason Shiga
  58. Felicity, Mary Oliver
  59. Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment, Robert Wright
  60. Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD
  61. Everything is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love and Loss, Stephanie Wittels Wachs (audiobook)
  62. There There, Tommy Orange
  63. Gratitude, Oliver Sacks (audiobook)
  64. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman
  65. On Love, Alain de Botton
  66. Running Is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier, Scott Douglas (audiobook)
  67. How to Love, Thich Nhat Hanh
  68. Small Fry, Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  69. Running: A Love Story, Jen A. Miller (audiobook)


  1. The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai
  2. Autobiography of a Face, Lucy Grealy
  3. The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn
  4. Upstream, Mary Oliver