Books Read 2013


  1. With Amusement for All: A History of American Popular Culture Since 1830 by Leroy Ashby (audio)
  2. Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock
  3. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (audio)
  4. The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things edited by Anna Holmes, Kate Harding, and Amanda Hess
  5. Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him by David Henry and Joe Hardy
  6. The Cricket On the Hearth by Charles Dickens (audio)
  7. A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman by Alice Kessler-Harris (audio)
  8. Babycakes (Tales of the City #4) by Armistead Maupin
  9. The Daylight Gate by Jeanette Winterson
  10. Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and In High Heels by Justin Vivian Bond
  11. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (audio)
  12. Means of Ascent (LBJ #2) by Robert A. Caro (audio)
  13. A Doll House by Henrik Ibsen (audio)


  1. October Mourning by Leslea Newman
  2. Never Have I Ever (Lying Game #2) by Sara Shepard (ebook)
  3. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis (audio)
  4. Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors by Anne K. Ream (ebook)
  5. One More Move (Myron Bolitar #5) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  6. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
  7. The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Liebegott
  8. Writing to Change the World by Mary Pipher
  9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (audio)
  10. The Trouble with Normal: Sex, Politics, and the Ethics of Queer Life by Michael Warner
  11. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood (audio)
  12. Reality Boy by A.S. King (ebook)
  13. Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano
  14. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  15. “You Can Tell Just By Looking”: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini, and Michael Amico (ebook)
  16. All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald


  1. Blockade Billy by Stephen King
  2. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
  3. Confronting Suburban Poverty In America by Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube
  4. Back Spin (Myron Bolitar #4) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  5. Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9) by Sara Shepard (ebook)
  6. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff
  7. Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist (audio)
  8. Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings (audio)
  9. Further Tales of the City (Tales of the City #3) by Armistead Maupin (ebook)
  10. The Return by Michael Gruber (audio)


  1. Ready for a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America by Mark Kurlansky
  2. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
  3. Hero by Perry Moore
  4. The Promise of Welfare Reform: Political Rhetoric and the Reality of Poverty in the Twenty-First Century edited by Keith M. Kilty
  5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  6. I Still Believe Anita Hill edited by Amy Richards and Cindy Greenberg
  7. After Delores by Sarah Schulman
  8. Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay (audio)
  9. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  10. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  11. The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler by Ben Urwand


  1. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill (audio)
  2. Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen (audio)
  3. Sidekicks by Dan Santat
  4. Fade Away (Myron Bolitar #3) by Harlan Coben (audio)
  5. Unseen (Will Trent #7) by Karin Slaughter (audio)
  6. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin (audio)
  7. The Color Master: Stories by Aimee Bender (audio)
  8. Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III
  9. Turning Pages (Jack of Fables #5) by Bill Willingham
  10. American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare, The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee by Karen Abbott (audio)
  11. Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello (audio)
  12. Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (c. AD 2009) in a Large City by Choire Sicha
  13. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (audio)


  1. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Moses (audio)
  2. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  3. The Turning by Francine Prose (audio)
  4. Trying Hard to Hear You by Sandra Scoppettone
  5. Monkey Mind by Daniel B. Smith (audio)
  6. I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays by Elinor Lipman
  7. OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
  8. The Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon’s Greatest Army by Stephan Tatly (audio)
  9. American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meachem (audio)
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (audio)
  11. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
  12. The Bad Prince (Jack of Fables #3) by Bill Willingham
  13. Dead Scared (Lacey Flint #2) by S.J. Bolton
  14. Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline (audio)
  15. Americana (Jack of Fables #4) by Bill Willingham


  1. Devil In the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King (audio)
  2. The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell
  3. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (audio)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audio)
  5. Joyland by Stephen King


  1. Six Years by Harlan Coben
  2. Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right by Claire Conner (ebook)
  3. The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (audio)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audio)
  5. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout (audio)
  6. Trauma and Revory by Judith Lewis Herman
  7. Ghostopolis by Doug Tennapel
  8. Cujo by Stephen King (audio)
  9. The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat by Vali Nasr (audio)
  10. The Man Without a Face by Isabelle Holland
  11. Seven Miles a Second by David Wojnarowicz and James Romberger
  12. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (audio)
  13. The Tragedy of Today’s Gays by Larry Kramer


  1. Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (audio)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (audio)
  3. The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty by William Hogeland (audio)
  4. Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister (audio)
  5. American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men by David McConnell
  6. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (audio)
  7. Prisons Will Not Protect You edited by Ryan Conrad
  8. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (audio)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (audio)
  10. We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch (audio)
  11. The Body by Stephen King (audio)
  12. Odysseus: A Life by Charles Rowan Beye (audio)
  13. Strangers In Paradise (Vol. 1) by Terry Moore
  14. Heathers by John Ross Bowie
  15. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (audio)
  16. A Jew In Communist Prague: Loss of Innocence by Vittorio Giardino
  17. A Jew In Communist Prague: Adolescence by Vittorio Giardino
  18. Acolytes by Nikki Giovanni
  19. Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King (audio)
  20. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King (audio)


  1.  Just Plain Dick: Richard Nixon’s Checkers Speech and the ‘Rocking, Socking’ Election of 1952 by Kevin Mattson (audio)
  2. The Antagonist by Lynn Coady (audio)
  3. Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni (ebook)
  4. The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  5. Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer
  6. Purple Haze by Sherry Shahan
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (audio)
  8. Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (audio)
  9. Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut (audio)
  10. Fair Play by Tove Jansson
  11. The Dinner by Herman Koch (audio)
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (audio)
  13. The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar (ebook)
  14. The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock (ebook)
  15. Black Irish by Stephan Talty (audio)
  16. Night by Elie Wiesel (audio)


  1. Diesel Fuel: Passionate Poetry by Patrick Califia
  2. The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008 by Sean Wilentz (audio)
  3. The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination by Sarah Schulman


  1. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (audio)
  2. The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely (audio)
  3. Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce
  4. Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman (audio)
  5. 212 (Ellie Hatcher #3) by Alafair Burke (ebook)
  6. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (audio)
  7. Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe (audio)
  8. And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts (audio)
  9. The Glass Menagerie by Tennesse Williams
  10. Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin (audio)
  11. A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States by Geoffrey C. Ward (audio)


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2 responses to “Books Read 2013

  1. What a fantastic reading year for you! I’d love to hear your thoughts on Hyperbole and a Half.