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Carol’s Reading List
2010 – 2018


Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
, David Nicholls
Lost for Words, Edward St. Aubyn
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley
The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje
The Children’s Book, A.S. Byatt
Defending Jacob, William Landay
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
Rules of Civility, Amor Towles
Derby Day, D.J. Taylor
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
I Am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe
Atonement, Ian McEwan
Nobody’s Fool, Richard Russo
Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo

Liked A Lot

Autumn, Ali Smith
Golden Hill,
Francis Spufford
Home Fire,
Kamila Shamsie
A Gentleman in Moscow,
Amor Towles
The Last Painting of Sara De Vos, Dominic Smith
The Woman on the Stairs, Bernhard Schlinck
The Honeymoon,  
Dinitia Smith
The Long Drop,
Denise Mina
The Night Ocean,  
Paul LaFarge
News of the World,  
Paulette Jiles
The Girl in the Spider’s Web,  David Lagercrantz
Muse,  Jonathan Galassi
Church of Marvels,  
Leslie Parry
The Mad Boy, My Grandmother and Me,  
Sofka Zinovieff
The Girl Before,  
JP Delaney
The Unknown Bridesmaid
,  Margaret Forster
The Goldfinch,  Donna Tartt
All Our Yesterdays
,  Erik Tarloff
The Deptford Trilogy,  Robertson Davies
The Sea The Sea,  Iris Murdoch
Back to Blood,  Tom Wolfe
An Unexpected Guest,  Anne Korkeakivi
Blood, Bones & Butter,  Gabrielle Hamilton
Table’s Edge, Carol Colitti Levine
,  A.D. Miller
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton
,  Elizabeth Speller
That Old Cape Magic,  Richard Russo
The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst
The Couple Next Door
,  Shari Lapena

Worth The Read

The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
The Underground Railroad,  Colson Whitehead
City on Fire,  Garth Risk Hallberg
Siracusa,  Delia Ephron
Little Deaths,  
Emma Flint
Dark Rooms,  Lili Anolik
The Swans of Fifth Avenue,  
Melanie Benjamin
Fates and Furies,  
Lauren Groff
The French Girl,
Lexie Elliott
Enter Helen,  
Brooke Hauser
The Wonder Garden,  
Lauren Acampora
At the Water’s Edge,  
Sarah Gruen
Cynthia Bond
The Girl on the Train,  
Paula Hawkins
All the Light We Cannot See,  
Anthony Doerr
The Magician’s Lie,  
Greer Macallister
The Paying Guests
,  Sarah Waters
The Children Act,  Ian McEwan
Her,  Harriet Lane
We Were Liars,  E. Lockhart
The Interestings,  Meg Wolitzer
The Secret Life of Violet Grant,  Beatriz Williams
The Perfume Collector,  Kathleen Tessaro
Communion Town,  Sam Thompson
The Perfect Prey,  Jeroen Smit
The Heist,  Dan Silva
Maya’s Notebook
,  Isabel Allende
The Chaperone,  Laura Moriarty
The Marriage Plot,  Jeffrey Eugenides

Just Okay

Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
Ian McEwan
Leaving Lucy Pear,
Anna Solomon
The Heirs,
Susan Rieger
The Arrangement,
Sarah Dunn
Into the Water,
Paula Hawkins
The Dark Flood Rises,  
Margaret Drabble
My Brilliant Friend,  
Elena Ferrante
Mary Kay Andrews
Burning Down the House,  
Jane Mendelsohn
Modern Lovers,  
Emma Straub
The Marriage of Opposites,  
Alice Hoffman
The Green Road,  
Anne Enright
The Double Life of Liliane,  
Lily Tuck
The Devil You Know,  
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
The Boston Girl,  
Anita Diamant
Clever Girl
,  Tessa Hadley
The Good Neighbor,  A.J. Banner
The Vacationers
,  Emma Straub
The Tour,  Jean Grainger
The Paris Wife,  Paula McLain
Bring Up the Bodies,  Hilary Mantel
Seating Arrangements,  Maggie Shipstead
Labor Day,  Joyce Maynard
The Middlesteins,  Jami Attenberg



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15 thoughts on “Book Treks

  1. The Postmistress is worse than The Help. But perhaps marginally better than The Little Book. I’m ready to throw it down.

    Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes is just terrific!!


  2. Favorite of the year was truly Wolf Hall, a masterful portrait of human beings. I can’t wait for the sequel.
    Right now I am enjoying The Hare with Amber Eyes, about a European (Russia, Vienna, Paris) Jewish family of bankers and what the events of the mid-twentieth century did to them and the collection of Japanese netsukes belonging to one. This is a true story in the form of a novel and beautiful.
    I must put in a vote for Room, hard to read and impossible to put down.
    Also loved The Immortal Life of Henriett Lacks, The Imperfectionists, The Finkler Question and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin who wrote that beautiful book, The Master.


    • Thanks for your great article. I will be posting about it soon and have actually submitted an “anxiety” essay to the Times because of your inspiration. Even if it isn’t published, it was cathartic.



      • That’s great, Carol. I wish you the best of luck with it. I found the editor of that series to be extremely thoughtful in his approach and easy to work with. I haven’t met many people other than myself with the financial/writing transition in life. People seem to think the analytical and creative don’t go together, but I think they do.


  3. Since you’ve supported Roland Merullo’s work in the past, I wanted to let you know that Roland has chosen my firm, PFP / AJAR Contemporaries to publish the sequel to his highly successful book, Breakfast with Buddha. The new novel is entitled Lunch with Buddha and will be released on November 13th. We’ve launched a Kickstarter Campaign to support promotional efforts etc. Some additional info can be found here:
    Thank you very much, Peter


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