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31 books in 52 weeks, or too much free time

The Reading List 2010

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (January 6)

On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner (January 8)

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy (January 13)

How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Robert Dale Parker (February 18)

What’s the use of truth? Pascal Engel, Richard Rorty (February 23)

Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, Walter Mosley (February 25)

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall (March 10)

The Rule of Four, Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (March 11)

Darwin, Tim Lewens (Routledge Philosophers series) (March 21)

Dewey’s Critical Pragmatism, Alison Kadlec (March 26)

Philosophy and Social Hope, Richard Rorty (March 28)

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (April 29)

Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerny (April 30)

The Art of Fiction, John Gardner (May 5)

Morality and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics, Alfonso Gomez-Lobo (May 14)

Moby-Dick, or The Whale, Herman Melville (June 9)

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (July 3)

The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology, Peter Singer (August 26)

The Case for Literature, Gao Xingjian (August 31)

The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert (September 1)

The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet, Neil deGrasse Tyson (September 5)

The Secret Goldfish: Stories, David Means (September 21)

The Pragmatic Turn, Richard J. Bernstein (October 14)

Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism, Cornel West (October 19)

Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word, Toni Morrison, ed. (October 22)

Willful Creatures: Stories, Aimee Bender (October 31)

Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams, Alfred Lubrano (November 16)

Allentown: a novella, Bayard Godsave (November 17)

Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life, Charles Baxter and Peter Turchi, ed. (December 10)

The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Fiction, Joyce Carol Oates, ed. (December 10)

Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order, Noam Chomsky (December 18)

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