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Books I Read in 2009

Here is a compiled list of the books I managed to read cover to cover in 2009, in a fairly chronological order. This is not a complete list, as I am certain that I have forgotten a work or two that will unfortunately not be marked.

This list is exciting for me – it was a new year’s resolution on my part to keep track of my book reading (partly inspired by this person), and I feel that this awareness has helped guide my literary and academic curiosities. I am, of course, disappointed that I couldn’t vault over the 100 books line I had set in my head – there’s always this year to attempt that again, though!

1) The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

Ann Marie Fleming

2) A Contract With God, & Other Stories

Will Eisner

3) Eastern Standard Tribe

Cory Doctorow

4) Maus I & II

Art Spiegelman

5) Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!

Art Spiegelman

6) Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories

Ben Katchor

7) Bottomless Belly Button

Dash Shaw

The Quitter

Harvey Pekar

9) The Rabbi’s Cat

Joann Sfar

10) Homage to Catalonia

George Orwell

11) A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

David Foster Wallace

12) The Women of Tijucopapo

Marilene Felinto

13) Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

Ludwig Wittgenstein

14) Content – Selected Essays

Cory Doctorow

15) 1984

George Orwell

16) Pluto

Naoki Urasawa

17) Body World

Dash Shaw

18) English with an Accent: Language, Ideology & Discrimination in the US

Rosina Lippi-Green

19) Seventeen

Kenzaburo Oe

20) History of Sexuality Vol. 1

Michel Foucault

21) Invitations to Love

Laura Ahearn

22) How Nonviolence Protects the State

Peter Gelderloos

23) Women of the Fertile Crescent


24) White Genesis

Ousmane Sembene

25) A Dangerous Woman: Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman

Sharon Rudahl

26) The Money Order

Ousmane Sembene

27) The Bilingual Courtroom

Susan Berk-Seligson

28) Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Azar Nafisi

29) The Ancestors and the Sacred Mountain

Mazisi Kunene

30) Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

31) Shortcomings

Adrian Tomine

32) Stick Out Your Tongue

Ma Jian

33) The Tao of Pooh

Benjamin Hoff

34) People’s History of the United States

Howard Zinn

35) Summer in the Spring: Anishinaabe Poems and Stories

Gerald Vizenor

36) Solibo Magnificent

Patrick Chamoiseau

37) Rice

Su Tong

38) Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed

Vandana Shiva

39) Quechua Peoples Poetry

Maria & James Scully

40) Rhinoceros & Other Plays

Eugene Ionesco

41) Language Myths

Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill

42) Brazilian Poetry 1950-60

Emanuel Brasil & William Jay Smith

43) Dubliners

James Joyce

44) Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography

Sabrina Jones

45) Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

Daniel Clowes

46) Marvel 1602

Neil Gaiman

47) Therefore Repent!

Jim Munroe & Salgood Sam

48) French Milk

Lucy Knisley

49) The Taqwacores

Michael Muhammad Knight

50) Henry of Atlantic City

Frederick Reuss

51) Getting Off  – Pornography and The End of Masculinity

Robert Jensen

52) Public Power in the Face of Empire

Arundhati Roy

53) Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey To The End of Taste

Carl Wilson

54) All My Bones Shake

Robert Jensen

55) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver

56) Summer Blonde

Adrian Tomine

57) Dictee

Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

58) Epileptic

David B.

59) Infinite Jest

David Foster Wallace

60) Cities and The Wealth of Nations

Jane Jacobs

61) If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho

Sappho, tr. Anne Carson

62) The Descent of Alette

Alice Notley

63) Today I Wrote Nothing

Daniil Kharms, tr. Matvei Y.

64) Three Case Histories

Sigmund Freud

———————— (A quick note: the rest of this list should be interspersed into the rest of the year, it is not chronological) ———————–

65) The Wedding Dress

Fanny Howe

66) Adventures of Tintin


67) Chile: The Legacy of Hispanic Capitalism

Brian Loveman

68) The Great Perhaps

Joe Meno

69) Jamilti & Other Stories

Rutu Modan

70) Last Evenings On Earth

Robert Bolaño

71) Lost at Sea

Bryan Lee O’Malley

72) off the map

hibickina & kika

73) The Photographer

Emanuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre

74) Suspended In Language

Jim Ottaviani & Leland Purvis

75) The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

76) Words of Farewell: Stories by Korean Women Writers

Ju-Chan & Bruce Fulton, translators


Filed under: Books, Startup

2 Responses

  1. wilmor says:

    A good read is always helpful. Thanks for the list.

  2. Mom says:

    Good list, always inspiring how much you can read & absorb. Kate is reading “The Things They Carried” for English, said it’s quite good. Love, Mom

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