Reading in the New Year


Rumpus Books asked some of our favorite writers what they will be reading as we leave the aughts behind and sally forth into a new decade. Here, then, is the second annual Reading in the New Year, from your hungover friends at The Rumpus.


THE CONVALESCENT, by Jessica Anthony – Laura van den Berg

THE ANTHOLOGIST, by Nicholson Baker – Andrew Foster Altschul

THE BOOK OF HAPPINESS, by Nina Berberova – Matthew Iribarne

WAYS OF SEEING, by John Berger – Stephen Elliott

FROM A TO X: A STORY IN LETTERS, by John Berger – Melanie Rae Thon


MS. HEMPEL CHRONICLES, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum – Lucy Corin

NOTEBOOKS 1951-1959, by Albert Camus – Andrew Winer

AN ORESTEIA, by Anne Carson – Lili Taylor

BULLET PARK, by John Cheever – Nick Taylor

1989: BOB DYLAN DIDN’T HAVE THIS TO SING ABOUT, by Joshua Clover – Juliana Spahr

THE DEAD FISH MUSEUM, by Charles D’Ambrosio – Keith Scribner

TOTAL OBLIVION, MORE OR LESS, by Alan DeNiro – Hannah Tinti

ERASURE, by Percival Everett – Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

THE BLOOD OF THE POET: SELECTED POEMS, by William Everson – D.A. Powell

THE COLDEST WINTER, by Paula Fox – Lydia Davis

TESTS OF TIME: ESSAYS, by William H. Gass – Ron Hansen

THE TORTURER’S WIFE, by Thomas Glave – Catherine Brady

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, by Robert Goolrick – Cornelia Nixon

DOROTHEA LANGE: A LIFE BEYOND LIMITS, by Linda Gordon – Rebecca Solnit

CASE SENSITIVE, by Kate Greenstreet – Rick Hilles

LORDS OF THE SEA, by John Hale – Jim Shepard

THE ROAD HOME, by Jim Harrison – Shawna Yang Ryan

THE LINE OF BEAUTY, by Alan Hollinghurst – Alexander Chee

ARCTIC CHILL, by Arnaldur Indridason – Robert Boswell

LIT, by Mary Karr – Kaui Hart Hemmings

LIT, by Mary Karr – Nora Pierce

THE GIRL WHO KICKED OVER THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson – Stacey D’Erasmo

EDITH WHARTON, by Hermione Lee – Daniel Orozco

THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG, by Norman Mailer – Joshua Furst

YOUR FACE TOMORROW, by Javier Marías – Rabih Alameddine

YOUR FACE TOMORROW, by Javier Marías – Daniel Handler

ASTERIOS POLYP, by David Mazzucchelli – Eric Puchner

A GATE AT THE STAIRS, by Lorrie Moore – Mary Roach

THE STONES OF SUMMER, by Dow Mossman – James Frey

TOO MUCH HAPPINESS, by Alice Munro – Margot Livesey

BLUETS, by Maggie Nelson – Peter Rock

NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, by Mary Oliver – Margo Rabb

THE CANNIBAL GALAXY, by Cynthia Ozick – Jason Roberts

CHICAGO: A BIOGRAPHY, by Dominic Pacyga – Peter Orner

THE INTERROGATIVE MOOD, by Padgett Powell – Brock Clarke

MODEL HOME, by Eric Puchner – Edward Schwarzschild

THE RADETSKY MARCH, by Joseph Roth – Daniel Alarcón

AUSTERLITZ, by W.G. Sebald – Ethan Canin

ACHILLES IN VIETNAM, by Jonathan Shay – Nick Flynn

RAYMOND CARVER: A WRITER’S LIFE, by Carol Sklenicka – Don Waters

THE STORY OF THE NIGHT, by Colm Toibin – Aaron Shurin

ANNA KARENINA, by Leo Tolstoy – Andrew Sean Greer

THE TEN YEAR NAP, by Meg Wolitzer – Robin Romm

THE WAVES, by Virginia Woolf – Carl Phillips

Andrew Altschul was the founding Books Editor at The Rumpus. He is an O. Henry Prize-winning short story writer and the author of the novels Deus Ex Machina and Lady Lazarus. Currently, he directs the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University. More from this author →