Reading Log

The Blue Hour The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys
by Lilian Pizzichini
Tigers Are Better Looking Tigers are better-looking: With a selection from 'The Left Bank'
by Jean Rhys
Quartet Quartet
by Jean Rhys
Voyage In The Dark Voyage in the Dark
by Jean Rhys
Everything Ravaged Everything Burned Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
by Wells Tower
Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel
by Steven Sherrill
American Son Oscar De La Hoya American Son: My Story
by Oscar De La Hoya and Steve Springer
On Boxing On Boxing
by Joyce Carol Oates
Horn of Africa Horn of Africa
by Philip Caputo
Boy with Loaded Gun Boy with Loaded Gun
by Lewis Nordan
Sophie's Choice Sophie's Choice
by William Styron
The Lone Pilgrim The Lone Pilgrim
by Laurie Colwin
The Hiding Man The Hiding Man
by Tracy Daugherty
Norwegian Wood Norwegian Wood
by Haruki Murakami
Blood Meridian Blood Meridian
by Cormac McCarthy
Sheltering Sky The Sheltering Sky
by Paul Bowles
Elroy Nights Elroy Nights
by Frederick Barthelme
Coming of the Night Coming of the Night
by John Rechy
City of Night City of Night
by John Rechy
Writers Voice The Writer's Voice
by Al Alvarez
Waveland Waveland
by Frederick Barthelme
Hattiesburg Apartment Guide The Hattiesburg Apartment Guide
Dancing After Hours Dancing After Hours
by Andre Dubus
Freedomland Freedomland
by Richard Price
On Chesil Beach On Chesil Beach
by Ian McEwan
Reading Like a Writer  Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
by Francine Prose  
Waltzing the Cat  Waltzing the Cat
by Pam Houston 
Big Coal

Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future
by Jeff Goodell


Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang
by Joyce Carol Oates

Here We Are in Paradise

Here We Are in Paradise: Stories
by Tony Earley

Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation: A Novel
by Uzodinma Iweala

West with the Night

West with the Night
by Beryl Markham

The Way We Never Were

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap
by Stephanie Coontz

How the Broken Lead the Blind

How the Broken Lead the Blind
by Matt Bell 

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
by Barack Obama

Angels at the Ritz

Angels at the Ritz and Other Stories
by William Trevor
[If you only have time to read two William Trevor books, read this collection and Going Home—then make more time to read The Day We Got Drunk on Cake and Mathilda’s England]

Expensive People

Expensive People
by Joyce Carol Oates

Uncle's South Sea China

Uncle's South China Sea Blue Nightmare
by Lamont B. Steptoe

All the Day's Sad Stories

All the Day’s Sad Stories
by Tina May Hall

Forced Entries

Forced Entries: The Downtown Diaries: 1971-1973
by Jim Carroll

A Graphical Representation of My First and Only Date with Laurel Wisenstein Expressed Using the Chart Function of MS PowerPoint™ (online, Mad Hatters' Review, Upcoming)
Cleaning House (online, BLIP Magazine, Summer 2011)
Worship, Kinship, Imitation, Flattery (online, Hot Metal Bridge, Spring 2011)
Life Lesson (online, Smokelong Quarterly, December 2010)
Losing the Light (online, The Barcelona Review, October 2010)
AutoDestruct (online, elimae, May 2010)
This Is Not a Story About Last Chances (online, JMWW, Spring 2010)
Ab Initio (Dos Passos Review, Winter 2010)
Accrual (Issue #55 of Gargoyle Magazine, Winter 2009 (nominated for a Pushcart Prize))
I Know You Rider (online, Issue IV, Volume 1 of Connotation Press, December 2009)
Stripper (Issue One of blue-eyed boy bait, Fall 2009)
Scalene (online, Issue 27 of Right Hand Pointing, July 2009)
In the Land Between the Valley and the Hills, What Men Said, They Meant (online, Hobart, July 2009)
The Food Speakers (Issue 8 of Alimentum, Summer 2009)
A Small Important Moment at the Corner of Hollywood and Fairfax (online, 751 Magazine, May 2009)
Possessions (online, Paper Street, May 2009)
Quitting with Jimmy (New Delta Review, Spring 2009)
Four Ways of Looking at Nashville (Kudzu, Spring 2009)
Fable of the Deconstruction #473: Jameson on Polish Hill (online, Snow Monkey, March 2009)
What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Your Cousin Who's in Prison (Issue #2 of Weave Magazine, May 2009)
Color Scheme (online, 5_TROPE, February 2009)
In Order to Live (online, DOGZPLOT, February 2009)
A User's Guide to Bringing My Ex-Girlfriend Shelley to Orgasm (online, Pindeldyboz, November 2008)
Ice Water, Here on Earth (Pittsburgh City Paper, September 25, 2008)
Jesus in 42 (online,, June 2008)
He Needs Your Help! (online, TPQ Online, January 2008)
The Devil Has All the Best Tunes (online,, Winter/Spring 2008)
Shooting Elvis (The Worcester Review, Volume 28, 2007)
Cleanliness (StoryGlossia, December 2007)
If I Could Only Tell You One Story (Caketrain 05, November 2007)
Shopping (online, GHOTI, Issue 12, November 2007)
Kampala 2012 (online, Contrary Magazine, Autumn 2007)
Four Hard Facts About Water (online, Vestal Review, July 2007, (nominated for a Pushcart Prize))
Breakfast at Bethany's (online, 63 Channels, June/July 2007)
Victory (online, Brilliant! Quarterly, June 2007)
Oooops! (55 Word Stories online journal, May 2007)
Another Night With Jim (online, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, April 2007)
Showing Walter's House (online, 3711 Atlantic, April 2007)
Ten Important Facts About Fire (online, flashquake, Spring 2007)
The Fungible Trajectories of Carol (online, Word Riot, 2007)
That's a Code 60, Dispatch (online, Mud Luscious, 2007)
Fall Line (online, The Aroostook Review, Summer 2006)