Saturday, January 1, 2022

Books I Read in 2021


  1. Astounding:  John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Alec Nevala-Lee)
  2. Home:  A Memoir of My Early Years (Julie Andrews; audiobook, read by Julie Andrews)
  3. One Ring Circus:  Dispatches From the World of Boxing (Katherine Dunn)
  4. Dunce (Mary Ruefle)
  5. Flamer (Mike Curato)
  6. The Bad Beginning:  A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1 (Lemony Snicket; illustrated by Brett Helquist)
  7. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat:  Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Samin Nosrat; audiobook, read by Samin Nosrat)
  8. I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf (Grant Snider)
  9. Black Widow:  A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like "Journey" in the Title (Leslie Gray Streeter; audiobook, read by Leslie Gray Streeter)
  10. Bone, Volume 1:  Out From Boneville (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  11. Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
  12. The Book of Gutsy Women:  Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience (Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton; audiobook, read by Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton)
  13. The 13-Story Treehouse (Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton)
  14. Clean Getaway (Nic Stone)
  15. Twins (Varian Johnson; illustrated by Shannon Wright)
  16. The Breakaways (Cathy G. Johnson)
  17. Bone, Volume 2:  The Great Cow Race (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  18. Bone, Volume 3:  Eyes of the Storm (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  19. When Horses Pulled the Plow:  Life of a Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910 - 1929 (Olaf F. Larson)
  20. Memorial Drive:  A Daughter's Memoir (Natasha Trethewey)
  21. Bone, Volume 4:  The Dragonslayer (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  22. Bone, Volume 5:  Rock Jaw (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  23. Bone, Volume 6:  Old Man's Cave (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  24. Bone, Volume 7:  Ghost Circles (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  25. Bone, Volume 8:  Treasure Hunters (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  26. Bone, Volume 9:  Crown of Horns (Jeff Smith; Steve Hamaker, colorist)
  27. I Can't Date Jesus:  Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce (Michael Arceneaux; audiobook, read by Michael Arceneaux)
  28. How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America:  Essays (Kiese Laymon; revised edition)
  29. Light for the World to See:  A Thousand Words on Race and Hope (Kwame Alexander)
  30. Elegy for Mary Turner:  An Illustrated Account of a Lynching (Rachel Marie-Crane Williams)
  31. Electric Arches (Eve L. Ewing)
  32. Last Call:  A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York (Elon Green)
  33. Dust Tracks on a Road:  An Autobiography (Zora Neale Hurston)
  34. Sailing Alone Around the Room:  New and Selected Poems (Billy Collins)
  35. New Kid (Jerry Craft)
  36. Earth Keeper:  Reflections on the American Land (N. Scott Momaday; audiobook, read by N. Scott Momaday)
  37. 102 Minutes:  The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers (Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn)
  38. Can't and Won't:  Stories (Lydia Davis)
  39. Tomboyland:  Essays (Melissa Faliveno; audiobook, read by Melissa Faliveno)
  40. How Y'All Doing?:  Misadventures and Mischief From a Life Well Lived (Leslie Jordan; audiobook, read by Leslie Jordan)
  41. Welcome to the Monkey House (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
  42. The Ten Year War:  Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage (Jonathan Cohn)
  43. My Life as a Villainess (Laura Lippman)
  44. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  45. A Little Devil in America:  Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Hanif Abdurraqib)
  46. Queer Love in Color (Jamal Jordan)
  47. On Juneteenth (Annette Gordon-Reed)
  48. In Pieces (Sally Field; audiobook, read by Sally Field)
  49. The Complete Far Side, Volume 1:  January 1980 - June 1984 (Gary Larson)
  50. Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust:  My Friendship with Patsy Cline (Loretta Lynn; audiobook, read by Patsy Lynn Russell)
  51. Smethurst's Luck:  The Story of Dr. Thomas Smethurst, "The Richmond Poisoner" (Peter Maggs; ebook)
  52. Go Ahead in the Rain:  Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Hanif Abdurraqib)
  53. Beyond the Gender Binary (Alok Vaid-Menon)
  54. Murder in Canaryville:  The True Story Behind a Cold Case and a Chicago Cover-Up (Jeff Coen)
  55. American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins (Terrace Hayes)
  56. The Path to Power (Robert A. Caro)
  57. I Feel Bad About My Neck:  And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman (Nora Ephron; audiobook, read by Nora Ephron)
  58. In the Freud Archives (Janet Malcolm)
  59. We Had a Little Real Estate Problem:  The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy (Kliph Nesteroff)
  60. Crazy Brave:  A Memoir (Joy Harjo)
  61. The Icepick Surgeon:  Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science (Sam Kean)
  62. Minor Feelings:  An Asian American Reckoning (Cathy Park Hong)
  63. Mr. Know-It-All:  The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (John Waters; audiobook, read by John Waters)
  64. Rememberings (Sinead O'Connor; audiobook, read by Sinead O'Connor)
  65. Zinky Boys:  Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War (Svetlana Alexievich; translated by Julia Whitby and Robin Whitly)
  66. Cherry (Mary Karr; audiobook, abridged, read by Mary Karr)
  67. The Fran Lebowitz Reader (Fran Lebowitz; audiobook, read by Fran Lebowitz)
  68. Brother & Sister:  A Memoir (Diane Keaton; audiobook, read by Diane Keaton)
  69. The Breadwinner:  A Graphic Novel (Deborah Ellis and Nora Twoney)
  70. 1491:  New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Charles C. Mann)
  71. Gulp:  Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Mary Roach)
  72. A Strange Loop:  A Musical (Michael R. Jackson)
  73. Dead People Suck:  A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed (Laurie Kilmartin; audiobook, read by Laurie Kilmartin)
  74. Last Pick (Jason Walz)
  75. Last Pick:  Born to Run (Jason Walz)
  76. Dragon Hoops (Gene Luen Yang)
  77. Under-Earth (Chris Gooch)
  78. Run:  Book One (John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, and L. Fury)
  79. Born Standing Up:  A Comic's Life (Steve Martin; audiobook, read by Steve Martin)
  80. Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
  81. Dark Days of the Rebellion:  Life in Southern Military Prisons (Benjamin F. Booth)
  82. Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)
  83. Seek You:  A Journey Through American Loneliness (Kristen Radtke)
  84. Fun Home:  A Family Tragicomic (Alison Bechdel)
  85. *The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die (April Henry)
  86. Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)
  87. Nat Enough (Maria Scrivan)
  88. The Magic Fish (Trung Le Nguyen)
  89. Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands:  Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will (Judith Schalansky)
  90. Forget Me Nat (Maria Scrivan)
  91. Sweeth Tooth, Book One (Jeff Lemire; colors by Jose Villarrubia, letters by Pat Brosseau)
  92. Notes on Grief (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
  93. The Complete Far Side, Volume 2:  July 1984 - June 1988 (Gary Larson)
  94. *Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Brandon Sanderson)
  95. The Complete Far Side, Volume 3:  July 1988 - December 1994 (Gary Larson)
  96. The Worst Class Trip Ever (Dave Barry)
  97. Fuzz:  When Nature Breaks the Law (Mary Roach)
  98. Department of Mind-Blowing Theories (Tom Gauld)
  99. Dora Bruder (Patrick Modiano)
  100. Dogs on the Trail:  A Year in the Life (Blair Braverman and Quince Mountain)
  101. Yours Cruelly, Elvira:  Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark (Cassandra Peterson)
  102. The Midnight Library (Matt Haig)
  103. Sweeth Tooth, Book Two (Jeff Lemire; colors by Jose Villarrubia, letters by Carlos Mangual)
  104. Sweeth Tooth, Book Three (Jeff Lemire; colors by Jose Villarrubia, letters by Carlos Mangual; Matt Kindt, artist)
  105. *Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
  106. The 1619 Project:  Born on the Water (Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renee Watson; illustrated by Nikkolas Smith)
  107. Everyone At This Party Has Two Names (Brad Aaron Modlin)
  108. Bone (Yrsa Daley-Ward)
  109. Taste:  My Life Through Food (Stanley Tucci; audiobook, read by Stanley Tucci)
  110. Sucker's Portfolio (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
  111. An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good:  Stories (Helene Tursten; translated by Marlaine Delargy; audiobook, read by Suzanne Toren)
  112. The Resurrection of Johnny Cash:  Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings (Graeme Thomson)
  113. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
  114. Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders)
  115. The Tuesday Club Murders (Agatha Christie; audiobook, read by Joan Hickson)
  116. Fiasco:  A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops (James Robert Parish)