- Jamaica Kincaid, Lucy
- John Krakauer, Into the Wild (After reading Lucy, I was immediately compelled to purchase this at Hastings Bookstore in Maryville, TN and read it to see if it might also work for a syllabus I'm imagining. It works!)
- Maggie Nelson, Jane: A Murder
- J. Hector St John de Crèvecœr, Letters from an American Farmer
- Derek McCormack, The Show that Smells
- H. G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman (To wash off the delicious stink of Derek's book, I longed for a 19th century novel by Hawthorne or Gissing; without those on hand, I opted for the Wells, figuring it was the book I was least likely to pick up in the coming year. Really, it's a lovely work. Wells and Derek share a passionate delight in language, though the passions lead to vastly different results, different kinds of roller coasters.)
All are highly recommended. Thank heavens for books like 3 & 5 (and the first half of 6)-- books which demand to be devoured at as quick yet responsibly attentive a pace as possible. Also 2, though it requires little to no responsible attentiveness.
Currently reading: D. R. Woolf, The Idea of History in Early Stuart England: Erudition, Ideology, and 'The Light of Truth' from the Acession of James I to the Civil War
(At present, I wouldn't highly recommend it, but not because of any flaw on Woolf's part. If you've a reason to read this book, then I'd recommend you do so.)
Also currently reading The Blithedale Romance-- "How cold an Arcadia was this!"