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I’m inspired by Rebecca Onion’s record of her reading. I’m already a list-maker; now that I’m also a novice birder, I have an even greater appreciation for the art of the list. So beginning in 2016, I’m going to try to keep a reading list of my own. I’m going to include whole books I’m teaching–and thus, re-reading–along with what I hope will be a nice mixture of books I’ll read for work and play. (My favorites always seem equally at home in both categories.)

2016

Ned Blackhawk, Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (2008)
E. L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967)
Susan Lee Johnson, Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush (2001)
Sarah Manguso, Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015)
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)
Wallace Stegner, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992)
Douglas Cazaux Sackman, Wild Men: Ishi and Kroeber in the Wilderness of Modern America (2011)
Samuel Truett, Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (2008)
Claire Vaye Watkins, Gold Fame Citrus (2015)
Richard White, The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River (1996)
Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows: Eadward Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2004)
Lawrence Weschler, Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology (1996)
Alexandra Oliva, The Last One (2016)
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, Bitch Planet Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (2015)
Bob Proehl, A Hundred Thousand Worlds (2016)
Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (2016)
Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts, Manifest Destiny Vol 1: Flora and Fauna (2014)
Suzan-Lori Parks, Topdog/Underdog (2002)
Claude Steele, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (2010)
Ned Blackhawk, Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (2008)
Susan Lee Johnson, Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush (2001)
Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows: Eadward Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (2004)
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (2016)
Ben Winters, Underground Airlines (2016)
William Cronon, Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England (2003 ed.)
Jack London, The Call of the Wild (1903 ed.)
Rebecca Solnit, Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West (1994)
Peter Heller, The Dog Stars (2012)

2017

Walter Johnson, Soul By Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (2001)
Drew Gilpin Faust, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (2008)
Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (2010)
Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War (2015)
Scott Reynolds Nelson, Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, The Untold Story of an American Legend (2008)
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West: A Novel (2017)
Cecilia M. Tsu, Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California’s Santa Clara Valley (2013)
Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (2015)
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2011 edition)

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Photo credit: Stephen Pepe, October 18, 2013, Monkey Run, Ithaca, New York.