Reading List 2015

Stack of books with glasses sitting atop. Pink Orchid on the wood table. Green plant in background.
Here are the books I read in 2015. I’ve noted regions next to the titles, in some cases to highlight the author’s origin or indicate the viewpoint from which they write; in others the location is like a character in and of itself, and shapes the narrative as much as any of the people or plot points. This list has both fiction and non-fiction, and comprises a smattering of travelogues, memoirs, novels, and historical accounts.
 The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu QLGBT
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (NYC, Northeastern US) QLGBT
The Sisters are Alright by Tamara Winfrey Harris (US)
No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments by Brooke Berman (NYC, US)
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe, Midwest US)
Flow by Susan Kim and Elissa Stein (US)
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Northeast US, Singapore)
Chappy by Patricia Grace (North Island, NZ) – Read the review
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae (Pacific West US)
The Plague of Doves by  Louise Erdich (Mountain West US) QLGBT
No Damage by Kathryn Hodgson (UK)
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward (The South, US)
We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver (Northeast US)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (South Island, NZ)
Across the Chicken Neck by Nandita Haksar (Northeast India)
If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai by Srinath Perur (India)
Hot Tea across India by Rishad Saam Mehta (India)
The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R.K. Narayan (India)
The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic by R.K. Narayan (India)
Around India in 80 Trains by Monisha Rajesh (India)
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (US)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Pacific West US)
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock (Pacific West, Hawai’i, Northeast US) QLGBT

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