16 Books I read in my MFA—Year 2

Somehow we’re already at the end of this school year?! I had to choose all of my own literature this year, which was a fun challenge. As always, these are all the books I read for school this year (with links to IndieBound)*

Novels

The Idiot, by Elif Batuman

Picnic at Hanging Rock, by Joan Lindsay

Severance, by Ling Ma

Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

Prosperous Friends, by Christine Schutt

Story Collections

The Shell Collector, by Anthony Doerr

Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Cantor’s Daughter, by Scott Nadelson

You Know You Want This, by Kristen Roupenian

Pastoralia, by George Saunders

Essays

Apocalypse, Darling, by Barrie Jean Borich

Bluets, by Maggie Nelson

Calypso, by David Sedaris

…Other stuff?

Shoplifting from American Apparel, by Tao Lin

Useless Magic, by Florence Welch

*I’m sure these are all available on Amazon or Thriftbooks, but the links will take you to the IndieBound page. If you’re not familiar with IndieBound, it’s the easiest way to support your local booksellers. Just click the links and enter your zip code to find a bookstore nearby!

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