Read 2011


  1. This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War by James M. McPherson (audio)
  2. The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (audio)
  3. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz (audio)
  4. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell (audio)
  5. What It Is Like to Go to War by Karl Marlantes (audio)
  6. A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness by Nassir Ghaemi (audio)
  7. Land’s End: A Walk In Provincetown by Michael Cunningham (audio)
  8. City of the Sun (Frank Behr #1) by David Levien (audio)
  9. Undone (Georgia #1) by Karin Slaughter (audio)
  10. A Queer and Pleasant Danger by Kate Bornstein


  1. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
  2. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (audio)
  3. Ed King by David Guterson (audio)
  4. Damned by Chuck Palahniuk
  5. The Times of Our Lives: A Conversation About America by Tom Brokaw (audio)
  6. The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance by Michael Perino (audio)
  7. Darkest Fear (Myron Bolitar #7) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  8. Needful Things by Stephen King (audio)
  9. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee by Sarah Silverman (audio)
  10. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King (audio)
  11. Money Culture by Michael Lewis (audio)
  12. Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion by Janet Reitman (audio)
  13. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (audio)


  1. The Griff by Christopher Moore and Ian Corson
  2. The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker (audio)
  3. Indignation by Philip Roth (audio)
  4. Dancing In the Moonlight by RaeAnne Thayne (ebook)
  5. How to Be Alone: Essays by Jonathan Franzen
  6. Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie
  7. Just One Look by Harlan Coben
  8. Horns by Joe Hill (audio)
  9. The Final Detail (Myron Bolitar #6) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  10. Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World by Leslie Simon
  11. Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie (ebook)
  12. Housekeeps v. The Dirt by Nick Hornby
  13. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  14. Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde (ebook)
  15. Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? (Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone”) by Road Serling and Mark Kneece
  16. The Big Tall Wish (Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone”) by Road Serling and Mark Kneece
  17. Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica edited by Tristan Taormino
  18. Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies by bell hooks


  1. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein (audio)
  2. The Running Man by Stephen King (audio)
  3. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (ebook)
  4. Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar #1) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  5. The Bad Always Die Twice by Cheryl Crane (audio)
  6. Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain by John McCain (ebook)
  7. Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar #2) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  8. Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  9. Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (audio)
  10. Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  11. Peter and Max: A Fables Novel by Bill Willingham (audio)
  12. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  13. One False Move (Myron Bolitar #5) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  14. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (audio)
  15. Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert (audio)


  1. It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller (audio)
  2. The Ridge by Michael Koryta (audio)
  3. Danse Macabre by Stephen King (audio)
  4. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear (audio)
  5. Eromenos by Melanie McDonald
  6. Carrie by Stephen King (ebook)
  7. Celebrity Chekhov by Ben Greenman
  8. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jani Mayer (audio)
  9. The Long Walk by Stephen King (audio)
  10. Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India by Joseph Lelyveld (audio)
  11. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris Perry
  12. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (audio)
  13. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (audio)
  14. Mile 81 by Stephen King (ebook)
  15. The Tuesday Club Murders by Agatha Christie


  1. Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of FDRby H. W. Brands
  2. Gay People of Color: Facing Prejudices, Forging Identities (Gallup’s Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle) by Jaime A. Seba
  3. Coming Out: Telling Family and Friends (The Gallup’s Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian, & Transgender Lifestyle) by Jaime A. Seba
  4. Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme edited by Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman
  5. Tell No One by Harlan Coben (ebook)
  6. The Twilight Zone: The Midnight Sun (Rod Serling’s the Twilight Zone) by Rod Serling, Mark Kneece, and Anthony Spay
  7. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris
  8. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller
  9. Firestorm by Radclyffe (ebook)
  10. Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu
  11. Trust Me On This by Jennifer Crusie (ebook)
  12. A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman (audio)
  13. Batman: Battle for the Cowl by Tony S. Daniel
  14. Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus
  15. Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novelsby Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
  16. The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam (audio)
  17. The Queer Art of Failure by J. Halberstam (ebook)
  18. Hysteria by Eva Gale (ebook)
  19. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (audio)
  20. Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman (audio)
  21. Women of the Mean Streets: Lesbian Noir edited by J.M. Redmann & Greg Herren (ebook)
  22. Caricature by Daniel Clowes
  23. The Borrower  by Rebecca Makkai
  24. Complaints & Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
  25. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles


  1.  A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
  2. The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer (audio)
  3. Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Hampton Sides (audio)
  4. Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
  5. Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting, and Live Large by Kim Brittingham
  6. The Funny Thing Is… by Ellen Degeneres (audio)
  7. The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell (audio)
  8. Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
  9. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable (audio)
  10. Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren (ebook)
  11. Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer (audio)
  12. The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall (audio)
  13. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson (audio)
  14. How to Suppress Women’s Writing… by Joanna Russ
  15. Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Deliciously Entertaining Myths That Are Absolutely, Positively, 100% Not True! by Richard Roeper
  16. Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano: Whitey Bulger’s Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld by Howie Carr (audio)
  17. The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins (audio)
  18. Room by Emma Donnoghue
  19. Who is Ana Mendieta? by Christine Redfern and Caro Caron
  20. Jack of Fables: Jack of Hearts (Jack #2) by Bill Willingham
  21. Big Sex, Little Death by Susie Bright
  22. Boyfriends With Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
  23. We Are the Animals by Justin Torres
  24. Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen (audio)
  25. Lost In Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (audio)


  1. A Visit from the Goon Squad byJennifer Egan
  2. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin (audio)
  3. Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  4. Bossypants by Tina Fey (audio)
  5. My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
  6. The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
  7. The Race Beat: The Press, The Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (audio)
  8. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder (audio)
  9. Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1) by Harlan Coben


  1. The Best American Crime Reporting 2010 edited by Stephen Dubner
  2. Townie by Andre Dubus III (audio)
  3. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
  4. Stories: All-New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio
  5. The Terrible Axe-man of New Orleans by Rick Geary
  6. I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas by Lewis Black (audio)
  7. Rape New York by Jana Leo
  8. Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie
  9. Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela S. Choi
  10. The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America In the Age of Reagan by Bradford Martin
  11. Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America by Matt Taibbi (audio)
  12. Delusions of Gender by Cornelia Fine
  13. Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews (audio)
  14. Holding Still For As Long As Possible by Zoe Whittall
  15. First Family: Abigail & John Adams by Joesph J. Ellis (audio)
  16. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
  17. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  18. The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire by Matt Taibbi
  19. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (audio)
  20. hidden by Tomas Mournian


  1. Chronic City by Jonahan Lethem (audio)
  2. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
  3. For the Win by Cory Doctorow (audio)
  4. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut by Rob Sheffield
  5. Long Lost by Harlan Coben
  6. FUBAR: America’s Right-Wing Nightmare by Sam Seder and Stephen Sherrill (audio)
  7. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd
  8. Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
  9. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett (audio)
  10. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Libertyby Dorothy Roberts
  11. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
  12. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  13. More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman (audio)


  1. Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential, “America’s Most Scandalous Scandal Magazine” by Henry E. Scott
  2. Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
  3. Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin
  4. In a Queer Time and Place by Judith Halberstam
  5. The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti
  6. I Am J by Cris Beam
  7. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
  8. Frank: The Voice by James Kaplan (audio)
  9. My Father at 100 by Ron Reagan (audio)
  10. The Godfather by Mario Puzo (audio)
  11. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  12. Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring (audio)
  13. Gone for Good by Harlan Coben (audio)
  14. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
  15. Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature by Emma Donoghue
  16. Darling Jim by Christian Moerk (audio)
  17. Sick City by Tony O’Neil
  18. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (audio)
  19. Murder Is Murder Is Murder by Samuel M. Steward


  1. The Bad and the BeautifulHollywood In the Fifties by Sam Kashner and Jennifer MacNair
  2. How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story by Tracy White
  3. Bob the Book by David Pratt
  4. The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Devoted Friend & The Nightingale and the Rose (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde) by Oscar Wilde and P. Craig Russell
  5. The Age of Dreaming by Nina Revoyr
  6. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  7. Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob by Matt Birkbeck (audio)
  8. Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford by Donald Spoto
  9. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter (audio)
  10. Joan Crawford: Hollywood Martyr by David Bret
  11. The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You by S. Bear Bergman
  12. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  13. The Slow Fix by Ivan Coyote
  14. Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner
  15. Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane
  16. High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto (audio)
  17. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
  18. Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent by Anthony Rapp (audio)
  19. Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger
  20. So Cold the River by Michael Koryta (audio)
  21. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  22. Play Dead by Harlan Coben (audio)


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