- Naomi Novik. Uprooted. New York: Del Ray, 2016. [53.d*]
- Naomi Novik. Spinning Silver. New York: Del Ray, 2018. [52.d*]
- I saw this recommended somewhere on the internet and put the ebook on hold; six months later it was finally available. It was enjoyable, but I think the moment when it would have suited me best had already passed.
- David Malouf. Ransom. New York: Penguin, 2010. [51*]
- See post.
- Leonid Yusefovich. Horsemen of the Desert. trans. Marian Schwartz. New York: Archipelago, 2018 (2002). 
- A breath of fresh air, crackling and dangerous.
- Jess Kidd. Himself. New York: Atria, 2017. [49.d*]
- An enjoyable swagger.
- Wolfgang Hilbig. The Tidings of the Trees. trans. Isabel Fargo Cole. San Francisco: Two Lines Press, 2018 (2010). 
- What is a proper story anyhow?
- Marguerite Duras. The War: A Memoir. trans. Barbara Bray. New York: The New Press, 1986 (1985). 
- When she is describing other people, the book is acidly enjoyable, and the rhetorical strategies for presenting emotional states are interesting; the text is often an exercise in solipsism, or at least too much so for my taste.
- María Sonia Cristoff. False Calm: A Journey through the Ghost Towns of Patagonia. trans. Katherine Silver. Oakland, CA: Transit Books, 2018 (2005). 
- See post.
- Ella K. Maillart. The Cruel Way: Switzerland to Afghanistan in a Ford, 1939. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013 (1947). 
- See post.
- Fleur Jaeggy. These Possible Lives. trans. Minna Zallman Proctor. New York: New Directions, 2017 (2015). 
- Curious. As an object, though, it would have been improved by French flaps.
- Georges Perec. An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris. trans. Marc Lowenthal. Cambridge, MA: Wakefield Press, 2010 (1975). [43*]
- A species of observation.
- Honoré de Balzac. Treatise on Modern Stimulants. trans. Kassy Hayden. Cambridge, MA: Wakefield Press, 2018 (1839). 
- Charming, but without the depth of the Treatise on Elegant Living – although as an example of popular science, it is perhaps more interesting: the discussion of physiology rather reminds one of the way neuroscience is drawn into any popular science book, in season or out.
- Charles D’Ambrosio. Loitering: New & Collected Essays. Portland: Tin House, 2014. 
- Personal essays, whether literary criticism, reportage, or autobiography.
- Peter Dormer, ed. The Culture of Craft. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1997. 
- An uneven collection, and curiously the essays on writing about craft were the least interesting.
- Sabrina Orah Mark. Wild Milk. St. Louis, MO: Dorothy Project, 2018. 
- Surreal and strange (uncanny) short stories.
- Pierre Louÿs. The Young Girl’s Handbook of Good Manners for Use in Educational Establishments. trans. Geoffrey Longnecker. Cambridge, MA: Wakefield Press, 2010 (1926). 
- Cristina Rivera Garza. The Taiga Syndrome. trans. Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana. St. Louis, MO: Dorothy Project, 2018 (2012). 
- Drawing one in until one cannot escape – a cure for the inability to read.
- Esther Kinsky. River. trans. Iain Galbraith. San Francisco: Transit Books, 2018 (2014, 2017). 
- Read slowly and savored in the morning; thinking about the sense of being out of place.
- Tatiana Ryckman. I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do). Portland: Future Tense, 2017. 
- For an aphoristic book, it took a surprisingly long time to read. The experience of dredging.
- Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English. Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. New York: The Feminist Press, 1993 (1970). 
- Low-burning rage.
- Madame Nielsen. The Endless Summer. trans. Gaye Kynoch. Rochester, NY: Open Letter, 2018 (2014). 
- Has odd twists and turns, but so languid.
- Luis Sagasti. Fireflies. trans. Fionn Petch. Edinburgh: Charco, 2018 (2011). 
- May Sinclair. Life and Death of Harriet Frean. London: Virago, 1986 (1922). 
- Rather flat, rather like the subject’s life.
- Emmanuelle de Villepin. The Devil’s Reward. trans. C. Jon Delogu. New York: Other Press, 2018 (2016). 
- An odd look at families and what is and isn’t shared.
- Clarice Lispector. Água Viva. trans. Stefan Tobler. New York: New Directions, 2012 (1973). 
- Rich, varied, smooth, and fathomless.
- Doris Lessing. The Fifth Child. New York: Vintage, 1989 (1988). 
- See post.
- Hugh Kenner. Joyce’s Voices. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1979. 
- An interesting book, but troubling. See post.
- Sarah Weinman, ed. Women Crime Writers: Four Suspense Novels of the 1940s: Laura / The Horizontal Man / In a Lonely Place / The Blank Wall. New York: Library of America, 2015 (1942–1947). 
- An uneven collection, with Laura and In a Lonely Place being the best of the lot.
- Masatsugu Ono. Lion Cross Point. San Francisco, CA: 2018 (2013). 
- Sometimes attempts at rendering dialect are really not helpful.
- Dorothy M. Richardson. Journey to Paradise: Short Stories and Autobiographical Sketches. London: Virago, 1989. 
- An divers selection of short stories in a variety of humors.
- Alexander Chee. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. New York: Mariner, 2018. 
- A book that helped me enjoy reading again.
- Anna Lee Huber. A Brush with Shadows. New York: Berkley Books, 2018. [22.d*]
- Bruno Munari. Design as Art. trans. Patrick Creagh. London: Penguin, 2008 (1971). 
- Homero Aridjis. The Child Poet. trans. Chloe Homero Aridjis. New York: Archipelago, 2016 (1984). 
- One wanted to like it more, but it seemed a bit self-indulgent.
- Anna Dean. Bellfield Hall. New York: Minotaur, 2008. [19.d*]
- Chris Wickham. The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000. London: Penguin, 2009. 
- Interesting and engaging, but not Peter Brown.
- Anna Lee Huber. Secrets in the Mist. Phoenix, AZ: Brightstone Media, 2016 [17.d*]
- Honoré de Balzac. The Physiology of the Employee. trans. André Naffis-Sahely. Cambridge, MA: Wakefield Press, 2014 (1841). 
- Awkwardly timed, but amusing.
- Anna Lee Huber. This Side of Murder. New York: Kensington, 2017. [15.d*]
- Brenda Ueland. If You Want to Write. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf, 2007
(1938, 1987). *
- Paul Valéry. The Outlook for Intelligence. trans. Jackson Mathews & Denise Folliot. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1989 (1962). 
- An idiosyncratic collection of essays, in a style which I’m not sure a contemporary author would be wise to imitate.
- Gary Rogowski. Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. Fresno, CA: Linden, 2017. *
- I think I have some thoughts on this, but I’m not quite sure.
- Margareta Magnusson. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter. New York: Scribner, 2017. [11.d]*
- A silly book, though with a certain charm. When you don’t feel like you can give your elders a copy of Mari Kondo.
- Søren Kierkegaard. Fear and Trembling/The Sickness Unto Death. trans. Walter Lowrie. Garden City, NJ: Anchor, 1954 (1849). 
- A way of getting outside of one’s mind.
- Aulus Gellius. Attic Nights. 3 vols. trans. John C. Rolfe. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP (Loeb Classical Library), 1927 (2C CE). 
- Kevin W. Tucker, ed. Gustav Stickley and the American Arts Crafts Movement. New Haven: Yale UP, 2010. *
- A competent overview.
- Nell Zink. The Wallcreeper. St. Louis, MO: Dorothy Project, 2014. 
- A headlong rush of a book, better than the excessive praise it received would lead one to believe. Bristling with unexpected energy – but then I read it in a rage and perhaps that made it more sympathetic.
- Joanna Ruocco. Dan. St. Louis, MO: Dorothy Project, 2014. 
- Unsettling, unsettled.
- Amina Cain. Creature. St. Louis, MO: Dorothy Project, 2013. 
- Uncertain narrators.
- Steven Heighton. Workbook. Toronto: ECW, 2011. [4.d]*
- Notes on writing and reading and thinking. Aphoristic.
- Susan Howe. My Emily Dickinson. New York: New Directions, 2007 (1985).
- See post.
- Marlee Grace. A Sacred Shift: A Book about Personal Practice. Self-Published, 2017. 
- Documentation more than reflection.
- May Sarton. Journal of a Solitude. New York: Norton, 1977 (1973). [1.1]
- I remember reading this when I was in high school, and somehow managed to miss the emotional maelstrom Sarton experiences; this time, however, the tension was so palpable that it was difficult at times to read about – only the intermittent calms of creativity carry the reader through the storm.
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