A New Reading List

A New Reading List

Let’s take a look at a new reading list. Back when we were reading for the Crone Issue, we asked what books our poets were reading – and not just poetry books, but any book, modern or classic. The results were surprising. So many books we’d never heard of, but after reading reviews, got added to my (massive) To Be Read pile. How could we have missed out on some of these gems? We love when readers share, so we’re sharing with you a (long) list of what your fellow poets are reading. How many of these have you read? Find anything interesting on the list? Let us know on Facebook.

The Book List:

New Power by Jeremy Heimann and Henry Timms

The biography of John Berryman

Dawn Potter’s Accidental Hymn 

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

The Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles

Gut by Giulia Enders

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski

Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire” by Kay Redfield Jamison

Margaret Atwood’s “Dearly: New Poems

Patricia Smith’s Incendiary Art

Dana Levin’s “Now Do You Know Where You Are

Louise Gluck; Poems 1962 – 2012

Tony Hoagland’s post-humous book “Turn Up The Ocean – Poems

“An Apprenticeship of the Book of Pleasures” by Clarice Lispector

when i sing, mountains dance” by Irene Sola

Sloane Crosley’s How Did You Get This Number.

The Book Woman’s Daughter” by Kim Michele Richardson.

Lauren Groff’s Matrix

John Koenig’s “Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” and Ross Gay’s “Book of Delights

The Crying Book by Heather Christl.

Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu, 

Generations, A Memoir by Lucille Clifton 

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Walk The Vanished Earth by Erin Swan

Educated” by Tara Westover

Ithaca: The Novel by Z. K. Goat

Miriam O’Neal titled The Half-Said Things

Violeta by Isabel Allende

My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes

How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason by Lee McIntyre

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, by Tiya Miles 

It Didn’t Start With You by Mark Wolynn

Jacqueline Woodson’s book Red at the Bone

Anxious People by Backman 

“The Thursday Murder Club” by Osman

Marjorie Hudson’s The Indigo Field

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Klara And The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Diane Seuss Frank: Sonnets

Phillip Levine’s What Work Is

Josh Cohen’s The Netanyahus

Joyce Carol Oates’ Wonderland 

Genghis Khan’s biography 

The Boxing Butterfly by Margaret Cunneen, Andrew L. Urban

Apeirogon by Column McCann

Divine Messengers —The Untold Story of Bhutan’s Female Shamans”. Journalist Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and anthropologist Françoise Pommaret

Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

True Biz, a novel by Sara Novic

The Book of Frank by CA Conrad

Tolstoy, A Russian Life by Rosamund Bartlett

Mary Oliver’s Selected Poems

Louise Aronson’s “Elderhood

Eudora Welty’s “The Optimist’s Daughter

“The Dawn of Everything,” by Graeber and Wengrow

Deacon King Kong by James McBride

Michael Malone’s Time’s Witness

The Book of Jane by Jennifer Habel

Joy Harjo’s Poet Warrior

A Ghost in the Throat” by Doireann ni Ghriofa

Matrix by Lauren Groff

An Immense World, by Ed Yong

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Andrew Sean Greer’s Less

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois

The Book of Joy, Lasting Happiness in a Changing World”, with the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Smoking Lovely, the Remix by Willie Perdomo

Flash Count Diaries by Darcey Steinke

Optic Nerve by Argentinian writer Maria Gaiman

Faulkner’s Light in August

Stephen Dunn’s “The Not Yet Fallen World

Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves

Stay Gone Days by Steve Yarbrough

Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson

When Women Were Dragons, by Kelly Barnhill

The Harlan Renaissance” by William Turner.

Bitch: On the female of the species (Lucy Cooke, Basic Books

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts

The Books of Jacob, by Olga Tokarczuk

Mouths of Rain Anthology edited by Briona Simone Jones

This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

Madam Speaker And The Lessons Of Power by Susan Page

They are, Belly to the Brutal by Jenn Givhan

The Hurting Kind by Ada Limon

The Lost Girls of Paris,” by Pam Jenoff

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

The Sea Lady” by Margaret Drabble

Camille Dungy’s  Trophic Cascade

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt. 

Bones of Paradise by Jonis Agee

Possums Are Not Cute! by Ally Burguieres

August is Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Belly to the Brutal by Jennifer Givhan

Jane Cooper: A Radiance of Attention, edited by Martha Collins and Celia Bland

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Braiding Sweetgrass

This Is Happiness” by Niall Williams

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Margaret Morganroth Gullette’s Ending Ageism or How Not To Shoot Old People

Geraldine Brooks’  “Horse”

Susan Cain’s “Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole.

Matthew Olzmann’s  Constellation Route.

The 1619 Project. A New Origin Story.

Clarice Lispector’s Agua Viva

Alba de Cespedes’s The Forbidden Notebook

Isabel Allende’s “A Long Petal Of The Sea”

Crying in H-Mart by by Michelle Zauner

Piranesi by Susannah Clarke

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet

Two Serious Ladies” by Jane Bowles

The Other Side of the Mountain by Michel Bernanos

Tell Me an Ending” by Jo Harkin