January 04, 2002
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Her hawk’s eyes were clear and calm. I knew everything was all right and was going to turn out well in the end when she leaned forward and said to me, telling me her great secret, “Ernest, don’t you think Al Jolson is greater then Jesus?” Nobody thought anything of it at the time. It was only Zelda’s secret that she shared with me, as a hawk might share something with a man. But hawks do not share. Scott did not write anything any more that was good until after he knew that she was insane. (186)

January 06, 2002
Four Blondes by Candace Bushnell

He’s sitting in the living room in a red-and-white-striped shirt, suspenders still looped over his shoulders, drinking a beer with his buddies from the network whose names I still can’t be bothered to remember, when I come down the stairs, wearing a white brocade dress with grey mink trim and long grey gloves. My mother is married to a fishmonger. My father is gay and lives in Paris. I am going to the ballet. (166)

January 10, 2002
The Venetian’s Wife by Nick Bantock

I found myself asking if he’d consider selling me his Ganesha statue. Without realising it, I’d begun to want to own the chubby little elephant.

He said, “No, I couldn’t. It’s a talisman. My girlfriend gave it to me the day we met, and even though it sounds sentimental and over-dramatic, I know she won’t leave me as long as I look after our friend.” (41)

January 15, 2002
Barrel Fever by David Sedaris

After that there was nothing left to say as nothing gets on my nerves more than someone repeating the same sentence twice. I think it’s something people have picked up from television, this emotional stutter. Rather than say something interesting once, they repeat a cliché and hope for the same effect. (143)

January 17, 2002
Mockingbird Years by Emily Fox Gordon

My ambition was not to change the world but to describe it. (155)

January 18, 2002
Naked by David Sedaris

“I love you,” I said at the end of one of our late night phone calls.

“I am going to pretend I didn’t hear that,” she said. (240)

February 05, 2002
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You used to be entertaining before you started to write,” he continued. “Now you save any idea that you think would do to print.” (215)

February 08, 2002
Obsessed, edited by Michael Lowenthal

When I was a boy, the bathroom in our home had a spring-coil doorstop at the baseboard with a little rubber head, and I would pull it back and watch it vibrate from its fan of movement into a smaller and smaller object, until it was its ordinary, still, tiny self again. This is what sex looks like to me. (22)

February 10, 2002
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

A random sampling of the titles induces vertigo: As I Lay Dying, Under the Volcano, Anna Karenina, Being and Time, The Brothers Karamazov. You must have had an ambitious youth. Of course, many of these spines have never been cracked. You have been saving them up. (39)

February 28, 2002
The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley

And New York seemed the likeliest place to go because I was convinced everybody ended up there at some point in their life anyway, and I figured I should get it out of the way while I still had the energy. (16)

March 01, 2002
The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis

“I like America.” He winked. “But only from a distance.” (260)

March 30, 2002
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

All it comes down to is that I’m a boy coming home for a month and meeting someone whom I haven’t seen for four months and people are afraid to merge. (9)

May 04, 2002
An Underachiever’s Diary by Benjamin Anastas

I am lifted from my mother’s arms to discover, for the first time, how solitude is really filled with other people. (4)

May 07, 2002
Maybe (Maybe Not) by Robert Fulghum

If you ever could attend a performance of the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony when it plays out in the small towns of rural Minnesota, you might notice an empty chair just to the right of the double bass player and just behind the violas. The orchestra voted to put it there permanently. The chair is for those who always wanted to be part of the symphony not just as listeners, but among those upon whom the making of music depends. It is the chair in honour of all those who, however competently, embrace the impossible. Sit in that chair someday. (188)

May 10, 2002
And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts

In fact, the lack of people dying of AIDS in obituary columns led gay journalist Larry Bush to wonder aloud: “What if they gave an epidemic and nobody died?” (473)

May 11, 2002
The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke

I told her I was afraid I was becoming the person I pretended to be in high school. (6)

May 12, 2002
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

I wound up in Normandy the same way my mother wound up in North Carolina: you meet a guy, relinquish a tiny bit of power, and the next thing you know, you’re eating a different part of the pig. (153)

May 23, 2002
True Love by Robert Fulghum

The young woman said, “I love this couch. And now I’m looking for the right man to help me move it. Who knows what might happen?” Two young men, who had been listening, immediately volunteered. And off they all went together. The waitress from the espresso bar had the last word. “Veronica’s getting really good at that story it’s the third time she’s used it to get that damned couch moved.” (201)

May 26, 2002
Hard Core Logo by Michael Turner

That was the most commercial thing we ever did, breaking up. (14)

May 30, 2002
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. (13)

May 31, 2002
Our Noise by Jeff Gomez

There’s only one store left, the Record Rack, the hairy chain in the mall that charges sixteen dollars for Pearl Jam’s Ten and still keeps it in the New Releases bin even though it came out ages ago, as if some sailor is going to wander in after being out to sea for two years and be all, “Whoa! When did this come out?” and plunk down a twenty and not even wait for the change. (96)

May 31, 2002
American Whiskey Bar by Michael Turner

June 03, 2002
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

All I said was, “Ask her if she still keeps all her Kings in the back row.” (34)

June 11, 2002
Calendar Boy by Andy Quan

She mistakes him at first for American, then later recognizes his soft quirkiness and round vowels as Canadian. (197)

July 17, 2002
13 by Mary-Lou Zeitoun

I used to take ballet but I stopped when I was 12 because I wanted to sleep in instead. (12)

August 05, 2002
American Studies by Mark Merlis

in the night you stitch together a little glory and drape it around whatever body comes to hand; in the morning the boy shrugs it off as though it never fit. (246)

September 13, 2002
Primary Colors by Anonymous

“…and you know as well as I do there are plenty of people in this game who never think about the folks, much less their better angels. They just want to win. They want to be able to say, I won the biggest thing you can win.” (504)

September 14, 2002
Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler

Jeremy wanted to say she was terrible. He wanted it to be a compliment. (63)

September 15 2002
The Frog King by Adam Davies

“Love isn’t expertise, Harry.” (255)

September 16, 2002
My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness

I have kept a diary for over thirty years; a small, strictly private, almost illegible series of daily jottings, and I have left instructions for them to be destroyed at my death. (1)

October 04, 2002
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

The Chicken McNugget turned a bird that once had to be carved at a table into something that could be easily eaten behind the wheel of a car. (139)

October 09, 2002
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. Its like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting “Cathy” and banging your head against a tree. (13)

October 20, 2002
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

“I have heard it said that many learned books contain the most racy of passages, but I have never had the nerve to look.” (166)

November 17, 2002
Love in a Dark Time: Gay Lives from Wilde to Almodóvar by Colm Tóibín

It is not the departure for pleasure that is intolerable, it is the waking up happy. (26)

December 26, 2002
Souvenir of Canada by Doug Coupland

I sometimes wonder if it’s the Americans who are becoming different, while Canadians remain basically the same. (114)

December 29, 2002
His Tongue by Lawrence Schimel

December 30, 2002
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

I had my mother’s eyes. Everybody always told me this. And it scared me that I had her eyes because I was worried that it meant I had whatever else she had back there that made her believe she could not only speak to the dead, but smoke cigarettes in the bathroom with them. (240)

December 30, 2002
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

And it was then Cecilia gave orally what was to be her only form of suicide note, and a useless one at that, because she was going to live: “Obviously, Doctor,” she said, “you’ve never been a thirteen year old girl.” (7)

January 03, 2003
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

The word anagrams itself anagrams to the Latin ars magna, or great art. (30)

February 08, 2003
Fraud by David Rakoff

I take myself to see Fight Club, which, while featuring an awfully good performance by the four inch band of flesh across Brad Pitt’s stomach just above his pubic hair, does little to lift my spirits. (83)

April 10, 2003
Sarah by JT LeRoy

She looked at me, her eyes wild with the secrets of death, and said, “I came back for you.” (155)

April 10, 2003
The Cheese Monkeys by Chip Kidd

I mumbled for the umpteenth time that year-long day of that first awful month, my tongue thick with shame. “Me? Art.” (2)

April 23, 2003
The Fuck-Up by Arthur Nersesian

April 28, 2003
Party of One by Anneli Rufus

Or we can be misled into thinking that company, just a bit, betrays our true identity as loners. It does not. Not if she makes you laugh. Not if she always knows when it it time to go. (75)

May 10, 2003
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

“We have a saying: If you go to Atlanta, the first question people ask you is, “What’s your business?” In Macon they ask, “Where do you go to church?” In Augusta they ask your grandmother’s maiden name. But in Savannah the first question people ask you is, “What do you like to drink?” (30)

May 17, 2003
Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman

It was three months before I took the time to listen to side two. (10)

May 19, 2003
Sleep Demons by Bill Hayes

Sleep acts, in this regard, more like an emotion than a bodily function. As with desire, it resists pursuit. Sleep must come find you.
Nevertheless, I look for it. (5)

May 22, 2003
True Lust by Tristan Taormino

“Wow, that is so cool,” he said. “You’re the future!” Apparently, we were the very near future, because we took him home that night. (212)

June 08, 2003
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things by JT LeRoy

And I watch the big yard with the white house with the room with dinosaur-covered walls and a racing car bed, and shelves of toys and charts with star and a smiling momma and daddy, I watch it fold up neat like a gas station map, and I bury it and hide it like a treasure map. (23)

June 17, 2003
Up in the Air by Walter Kirn

America was that country all around us, and we knew that we’d go there someday, but we could wait. (139)

March 13, 2004
Kitchen Confidential by Tony Bourdain

April 25, 2004
A Cook’s Tour by Tony Bourdain

May 25, 2004
Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

October 23, 2004
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

One of the beauties of living in Cleveland is that any direction feels like progress. (25)

December 08, 2004
Kilter by John Gould

“What are you afraid of?”
“Same thing everybody’s afraid of. I’m afraid of everything.” (5)

January 23, 2005
Madhouse: The Private Turmoil of Working for the President by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum

March 25, 2005
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

April 20, 2005
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

May 02, 2005
Best American Non-Required Reading 2002 edited by Dave Eggers

May 29, 2005
All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

June 04, 2005
Alpha Beta: How our alphabet shaped the western world by John Man

June 04, 2005
Bathroom Humor by Jane Millmore and Billy Van Zandt

June 24, 2005
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

July 01, 2005
The Art of Fiction by David Lodge

July 03, 2005
Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants by Wolfgang Schivelbusch

July 17, 2005
How to think like da Vinci by Michael Gelb

July 19, 2005
Creative Non Fiction by Philip Gerard

July 26, 2005
On Writing by Stephen King

July 29, 2005
Planet Simpson by Chris Turner

August 07, 2005
On Blondes by Joanna Pitman

Sept 29, 2005
Driving Mr. Albert by Michael Paterniti

October 06, 2005
The Unknown Darkness: an FBI profiler on his most memorable cases by Gregg O. McCrary

November 26, 2005
Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

April 13, 2006
Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

April 14, 2006
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman

April 21, 2006
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

April 23, 2006
What should I do with my life? by Po Bronson

April 29, 2006
Best Music Writing 2003, edited by Matt Groening

April 30, 2006
The Other 90% by Robert Cooper

May 04, 2006
Why I Write by George Orwell

May 16, 2006
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Written in ink, in German, in a small hopelessly sincere handwriting, were the words “Dear God, life is hell.” Nothing led up to or away from it.

May 18, 2006
Not Much Fun: The lost poems of Dorothy Parker

Clean out ferryboats; peddle fish;
Go be chorus men if you wish;
Rob your neighbors’ houses in the dark midnight;
But think of your families, and please don’t write.

May 22, 2006
Untangling my chopsticks: a culinary sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Everyday Japanese White Rice
1 1/2 cups short-grain rice
Place rice in fine mesh sieve. Rinse under cold water, using your hand to gently stir until the liquid runs clear, about 2 minutes. Transfer rice to heave-bottom saucepan. Add 2 cups cold water. Let soak for an hour. Bring rice to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove lid and spoon out the rice with a wooden rice paddle (or spoon). If by chance some rice sticks to the bottom of the pot, don’t despair! Simply spoon out all the soft grains, then scrape up the crispy bottom portion to eat as a snack sprinkled with coarse salt. Makes 4 cups.

June 30, 2006
The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain

July 23, 2006
Sula by Toni Morrison

August 12, 2006
Getting Things Done by David Allen

August 13, 2006
Our Town by Thorton Wilder

September 04, 2006
Grain Vol 31 No 02

September 07, 2006
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

November 24, 2006
Tab Hunter Confidential by Tab Hunter and Eddie Muller

November 25, 2006
Songbook by Nick Hornby

March 2007
Diaries: The Python Years, 1969-1979 by Michael Palin

May 07, 2007
The Wars by Timothy Findley

August 23, 2007
Paterson by William Carlos Williams

August 24, 2007
This Year I Will by M.J. Ryan

August 28, 2007
Creating from the Spirit by Dan Wakefield

September 17, 2007
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien

September 22, 2007
Grain of Truth by Ross Laird

October 05, 2007
Toast: the story of a boy’s hunger by Nigel Slater

October 14, 2007
An Enchantment of Birds by Richard Cannings

November 11, 2007
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

November 15, 2007
The Grail Bird by Tim Gallagher

November 17, 2007
The 100-Mile Diet: A year of eating locally by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

November 30, 2007
Upstart Star-Ups by Ron Lieber

December 22, 2007
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

December 23, 2007
The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw

December 28, 2007
DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture by Amy Spencer

December 30, 2007
Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach

January 01, 2008
Caught Inside: A Surfer’s Year on the California Coast by Daniel Duane

January 03, 2008
Night by Elie Wiesel

February 25, 2008
Euclid’s Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow

March 20, 2008
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

April 04, 2008
The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube by Michelle Goodman

April 13, 2008
All Too Human by George Stephanopoulos

April 14, 2008
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper

April 21, 2008
Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy

April 22, 2008
Defiant Imagination by Max Wyman

April 26, 2008
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain

April 26, 2008
The Bone People by Keri Hulme

April 29, 2008
Refuse to Choose!: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by Barbara Sher

May 2008
On Writing by Eudora Welty

May 04, 2008
Office Hours by Norm Foster

May 04, 2008
The Trail Home by John Daniel

May 06, 2008
Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams

May 10, 2008
Gossip Girl 1 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 10, 2008
Griffin & Sabine Trilogy, Morning Star Trilogy by Nick Bantock

May 11, 2008
Gossip Girl 2 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 15, 2008
My Antonia by Willa Cather

May 15, 2008
Gossip Girl 3 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 16, 2008
Gossip Girl 4 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 16, 2008
Angels in America by Tony Kushner

May 16, 2008
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

May 27, 2008
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

May 28, 2008
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

May 29, 2008
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

May 18, 2008
Gossip Girl 5, 6 by Cecily Ziegesar

May 30, 2008
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

May 31, 2008
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

June 05, 2008
May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India by Elisabeth Bumiller

June 06, 2008
Create a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd

June 22, 2008
Changing Tides by Michael Thomas Ford

June 24, 2008
Santa Monica Canyon by Gregory Hinton

June 26, 2008
Breakfast with Scot by Michael Downing

July 09, 2008
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

July 12, 2008
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger

July 12, 2008
Let’s Not Let a Little Thing Like the End of the World Come Between Us by James Marshall

July 12, 2008
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

July 13, 2008
Rainbow High (1, 2, 3) by Alex Sanchez

July 19, 2008
Post Captain by Patrick O’Brian

September 21, 2008
Cambridge by Caryl Phillips

November 23, 2008
Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

December 05, 2008
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

December 10, 2008
Angels and Insects by A.S. Byatt

December 13, 2008
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

February 15, 2009
The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts

April 10, 2009
Stitching a Revolution: The Making of an Activist by Cleve Jones

April 21, 2009
Beard on Food: The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom from the Dean of American Cooking by James Beard

April 24, 2009
My Life in France by Julia Child

April 27, 2009
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

May 07, 2009
Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

June 15, 2009
X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft by Can Still Keep Everything From Sucking by Jeff Gordinier

June 18, 2009
Montgomery Clift by Maurice Leonard

June 20, 2009
Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family by Patricia Volk

June 21, 2009
The Devil’s Details: A History of Footnotes by Chuck Zerby

June 23, 2009
The Late Bloomer’s Revolution: A Memoir by Amy Cohen

June 25, 2009
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France by Georgeanne Brennan

June 29, 2009
The One Best Way: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency by Robert Kanigel

July 02, 2009
Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton

July 03, 2009
The Devil in the Kitchen: Sex, Pain, Madness and the Making of a Great Chef by Marco Pierre White

December 04, 2009
George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker by Robert Gottlieb

December 09, 2009
Across the Great Divide: The Band and America by Barney Hoskyns

December 15, 2009
Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes

December 17, 2009
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis

January 07, 2010
No Applause–Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous by Trav S.D.

January 12, 2010
Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live by Jay Mohr

January 16, 2010
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

January 17, 2010
When Television was Young: The Inside Story with Memories by Legends of the Small Screen by Ed McMahon

January 23, 2010
One More Time! by Dal Richards

April 04, 2010
Tall, Dark, and Difficult by Patricia Coughlin

April 05, 2010
A Not-So-Perfect Past by Beth Andrews

April 15, 2010
The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Janice Carter

April 21, 2010
Secret Ingredient: Love by Teresa Southwick

April 22, 2010
The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race by G. Bruce Knecht

May 13, 2010
Loving Jack by Nora Roberts

May 21, 2010
Small if Possible: Life in a Local Economy by Lyle Estill

July 01, 2010
It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong

July 07, 2010
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

July 17, 2010
Parachute Infantry: An American Paratropper’s Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich by David Kenyon Webster

August 05, 2010
Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places of the World by Martin Fletcher

August 2010
Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh

January 20, 2011
Just Kids by Patti Smith

June 30, 2011
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg

July 2011
The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine

July 2011
The Write Track: How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer in Canada by Betty Jane Wylie

July 14, 2011
How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen

August 06, 2011
The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America by Thurston Clarke

August 14, 2011
The Onmivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

August 25, 2011
The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory by David Plouffe

September 05, 2011
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

September 07, 2011
The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

September 08, 2011
Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper

September 11, 2011
Who is Bugs Potter? by Gordon Korman

September 12, 2011
The Top 10 Ways to Ruin the First Day of 5th Grade by Ken Derby

September 17, 2011
The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. by Kate Messner

October 08, 2011
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by The Group of 33

October 26, 2011
Lonely: A Memoir by Emily White

November 05, 2011
Fair Game by Josh Lanyon

November 06, 2011
Icecapade by Josh Lanyon

November 21, 2011
Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey by Chuck Wendig

December 04, 2011
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

December 11, 2011
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll