Book Index

Below you’ll find every book I’ve recommended on this site, categorized by author. Starred books are my top picks. Happy reading!

A

  • Abbott, Megan – Dare Me
  • Abbott, Megan – Give Me Your Hand
  • Abbott, Megan – You Will Know Me
  • Acuff, Jon – Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done
  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – Americanah *
  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi – We Should All Be Feminists
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse – The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Armstrong, Heather B. – The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live
  • Attenberg, Jami – All Grown Up
  • Attenberg, Jami – All This Could Be Yours

B

  • Baker, Peter – Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House
  • Baldwin, James – The Fire Next Time
  • Baldwin, James – Go Tell It on the Mountain *
  • Baldwin, James – If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Bauer, Carlene – Frances and Bernard
  • Benedict, Elizabeth (editor) – Me, My Hair, and I: Twenty-seven Women Untangle an Obsession 
  • Bennett, Britt – The Mothers *
  • Bessey, Sarah – Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women
  • Bessey, Sarah – Miracles and Other Reasonable Things: A Story of Unlearning and Relearning God
  • Bessey, Sarah – Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
  • Bogel, Anne – I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
  • Bogel, Anne – Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
  • Bourne, Edmund J. – The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
  • Boyle, Erin – Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More 
  • Bradbury, Ray – Fahrenheit 451
  • Brands, H. W. – Reagan: The Life
  • Brennan-Jobs, Lisa – Small Fry
  • Brown, Austin Channing – I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
  • Brown, Brené – Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • Brown, Brené – Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead *
  • Brown, Brené – The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • Brownstein, Carrie – Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
  • Brunt, Carol Rifka – Tell the Wolves I’m Home *
  • Bush, Laura – Spoken from the Heart
  • Butler, Halle – The New Me

C

  • Carver, Raymond – Cathedral *
  • Cline, Emma – The Girls
  • Clinton, Hillary Rodham – What Happened
  • Coetzee, J. M. – Disgrace
  • Coulter, Kristi – Nothing Good Can Come from This
  • Crosley, Sloan – Look Alive Out There
  • Cullen, Dave – Columbine *

D

  • Danler, Stephanie – Sweetbitter
  • Demick, Barbara – Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • Denfeld, Rene – The Child Finder
  • Dicks, Matthew – Twenty-One Truths About Love
  • Didion, Joan – The White Album
  • Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Dryer, Benjamin – Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
  • Duhigg, Charles – The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

E

  • Edvardsson, M. T. – A Nearly Normal Family
  • Egan, Jennifer – A Visit from the Goon Squad
  • Eggers, Dave – The Circle
  • Ellis, Helen – Southern Lady Code
  • Enns, Peter – How the Bible Actually Works: In Which I Explain How an Ancient, Ambiguous, and Diverse Books Leads Us to Wisdom Rather Than Answers–and Why That’s Great News
  • Ephron, Nora – I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
  • Esther, Elizabeth – Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future
  • Eugenides, Jeffrey – Middlesex *
  • Evans, Rachel Held – A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master”

F

  • Fey, Tina – Bossypants *
  • Finn, A. J. – The Woman in the Window
  • Flanders, Cait – The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • Flynn, Gillian – Gone Girl *
  • Flynn, Gillian – Sharp Objects
  • Foer, Jonathan Safran – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • Foley, Lucy – The Hunting Party
  • Frankel, Laurie – This Is How It Always Is
  • French, Tana – In the Woods *
  • French, Tana – The Likeness *
  • French, Tana – The Witch Elm

G

  • Gaines, Joanna – The Magnolia Table
  • Gay, Roxane – Bad Feminist *
  • Gay, Roxane – Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  • Gay, Roxane – An Untamed State
  • Gibbs, Nancy and Michael Duffy – The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity
  • Green, John – Looking for Alaska
  • Greene, Bob – Fraternity: A Journey in Search of Five Presidents
  • Gyasi, Yaa – Homegoing *

H

  • Haig, Matt – Reasons to Stay Alive *
  • Hanff, Helene – 84, Charing Cross Road
  • Hari, Johann – Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • Harper, Jane – The Dry
  • Harper, Jane – Force of Nature
  • Harper, Jane – The Lost Man
  • Henríquez, Cristina – The Book of Unknown Americans
  • Hill, Nathan – The Nix *
  • Hornby, Nick – Funny Girl
  • Hornby, Nick – State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts
  • Hornby, Nick – Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books
  • Hunt, Margot – For Better and Worse

I

  • Ishiguro, Kazuo – Never Let Me Go
  • Ishiguro, Kazuo – The Remains of the Day *

J

  • Jackson, Shirley – The Lottery and Other Stories
  • Jamison, Leslie – The Empathy Exams
  • Jamison, Leslie – Let It Scream, Let It Burn
  • Jamison, Leslie – The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath *
  • Jerkins, Morgan – This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
  • Jewell, Lisa – The Family Upstairs
  • Jewell, Lisa – I Found You
  • Jewell, Lisa – Watching You *
  • Johnson, Lindsey Lee – The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
  • Joyce, Rachel – The Music Shop

K

  • Kaling, Mindy – Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  • Kantor, Jodi and Megan Twohey – She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement
  • Kepnes, Caroline – Providence
  • Kondo, Marie – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
  • Koul, Scaachi – One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
  • Krakauer, Jon – Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town *

L

  • LaForce, Thessaly and Jane Mount – My Ideal Bookshelf
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa – Interpreter of Maladies
  • Lamott, Anne – Almost Everything: Notes on Hope
  • Lamott, Anne – Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • Lamott, Anne – Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
  • LaPlante, Eve – American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans
  • LeBlanc, Adrian Nicole – Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
  • Levin, Ira – The Stepford Wives
  • Lewis, C. S. – Till We Have Faces *
  • Lewis, Matthew – The Monk
  • Locke, Attica – Bluebird, Bluebird
  • Lockhart, E. – We Were Liars
  • Lockwood, Patricia – Priestdaddy

M

  • Macy, Beth – Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
  • Makkai, Rebecca – The Great Believers *
  • Maren, Mesha – Sugar Run
  • Martin, Steve – Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
  • Martin, Steve – The Pleasure of My Company
  • McAllister, Tom – How to Be Safe
  • McKoy, Knox – The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions
  • McTiernan, Dervla – The Ruin
  • Meacham, Jon – Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
  • Medina, Meg – Burn Baby Burn
  • Michaelides, Alex – The Silent Patient
  • Miller, Kelsey – I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends
  • Moreno-Garcia, Silvia – Signal to Noise
  • Moriarty, Liane – Big Little Lies
  • Moriarty, Liane – Nine Perfect Strangers
  • Moshfegh, Ottessa – My Year of Rest and Relaxation *
  • Mount, Jane – Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
  • Murakami, Haruki – 1Q84
  • Murakami, Haruki – Norwegian Wood
  • Murakami, Haruki – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
  • Murato, Sayaka – Convenience Store Woman

N

  • Ng, Celeste – Everything I Never Told You
  • Ng, Celeste – Little Fires Everywhere *
  • Niffenegger, Audrey – The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Noah, Trevor – Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
  • Notess, Hannah Faith (editor) – Jesus Girls: True Tales of Growing Up Female and Evangelical
  • Nouwen, Henri J. M. – The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom *
  • Novak, B. J. – One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

O

  • Obama, Michelle – Becoming
  • O’Connor, Flannery – The Complete Stories *
  • O’Connor, Flannery – The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor
  • O’Connor, Flannery – Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
  • Offill, Jenny – Dept. of Speculation
  • Oliver, Mary – Devotions
  • Olzmann, Matthew – Mezzanines

P

  • Patchett, Ann – This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
  • Paul, Pamela – My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues
  • Pessl, Marisha – Night Film *
  • Pessl, Marisha – Special Topics in Calamity Physics
  • Phillips, Arthur – The Song Is You
  • Potok, Chaim – My Name Is Asher Lev
  • Pressfield, Steven – The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Creative Battles

Q

  • Quatro, Jami – The Fire Sermon
  • Quatro, Jami – I Want to Show You More

R

  • Rankine, Claudia – Citizen
  • Reichl, Ruth – Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
  • Reid, Kiley – Such a Fun Age
  • Reid, Taylor Jenkins – Daisy Jones & the Six *
  • Rilke, Rainer Maria – The Poetry of Rilke
  • Robinson, Marilynne – Gilead *
  • Rooney, Sally – Normal People
  • Rose, Phyllis – The Shelf: From LEQ to LES: Adventures in Extreme Reading
  • Rowell, Rainbow – Fangirl
  • Runyan, Tania – Second Sky

S

  • Sager, Riley – Final Girls
  • Sager, Riley – The Last Time I Lied
  • Sager, Riley – Lock Every Door
  • Sales, Nancy Jo – American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
  • Satrapi, Marjane – The Complete Persepolis
  • Saunders, George – Tenth of December
  • Sedaris, David – Calypso *
  • Sedaris, David – Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
  • Sedaris, David – Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • Sedaris, David – Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 
  • Shelley, Mary – Frankenstein
  • Shields, Sharma – The Cassandra
  • Silver, Josie – One Day in December
  • Sims, Laura – Looker
  • Slimani, Leila – The Perfect Nanny
  • Smith, Alexis M. – Glaciers *
  • Smith, Myquillyn – Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff
  • Smith, Tracy K. – Life on Mars
  • Souza, Pete – Obama: An Intimate Portrait
  • Stanley, Jessamyn – Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body
  • Stead, Rebecca – When You Reach Me *
  • Strayed, Cheryl – Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life by Dear Sugar
  • Strayed, Cheryl – Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Summers, Courtney – Sadie
  • Swanson, Peter – Before She Knew Him
  • Swanson, Peter – Eight Perfect Murders

T

  • Takiff, Michael – A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him 
  • Tartt, Donna – The Goldfinch
  • Tartt, Donna – The Secret History *
  • Taylor, Barbara Brown – An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith
  • Thomas, R. Eric – Here For It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America *
  • Thorpe, Rufi – Dear Fang, With Love
  • Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
  • Tung, Debbie – Book Love
  • Tur, Katy – Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

V

  • Van Ness, Jonathan – Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love
  • Vuong, Ocean – On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

W

  • Walker, Karen Thompson – The Dreamers
  • Ward, Jesmyn (editor) – The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race
  • Ward, Jesmyn – Salvage the Bones
  • Ward, Jesmyn – Sing, Unburied, Sing *
  • Ware, Ruth – The Woman in Cabin 10
  • Way, Camilla – The Lies We Told
  • Weber, Carolyn – Surprised by Oxford
  • Weir, Megan MacLean – The Book of Essie
  • Westover, Tara – Educated *
  • Whipple, Chris – The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
  • Whitehead, Colson – The Nickel Boys
  • Wilde, Oscar – The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Williams, John – Stoner *
  • Wilson, Andrew – Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted
  • Wiman, Christian – My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer *
  • Wolitzer, Meg – The Female Persuasion
  • Woodward, Bob – Fear: Trump in the White House
  • Wright, Lawrence – Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Y

  • Yanagihara, Hanya – A Little Life

Z

  • Zarr, Sara – What We Lost
  • Zusak, Markus – The Book Thief