Sea of Reads

Peripatetic, itinerant, eclectic musings about books, politics, history, language, culture, and anything else that interests me.

2012 Books Read


  1. Constantine’s Sword, by James Carroll
  2. Bag of Bones, by Stephen King
  3. A Gesture Life, by Chang-rae Lee
  4. Longitude, by Dava Sobel
  5. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak


  1. Europeans, by Jane Kramer
  2. The Holocaust in American Life, by Peter Novick
  3. Atonement, by Ian McEwan
  4. Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt


  1. The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, by Andrew Roberts
  2. Twisted Head, by Carl Capotorto
  3. To Heal a Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility, by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks


  1. Nicholas Nickleby, by Chrles Dickens
  2. He, She and It, by Marge Piercy
  3. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
  4. 11/22/63, by Stephen King


  1. V., by Thomas Pynchon
  2. The Portrait of a Lady, by Henry James
  3. Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay
  4. Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill
  5. The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth


  1. The Probable Future, by Alice Hoffman
  2. Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1938, by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  3. The Jew Store, by Stella Suberman


  1. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
  2. A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall
  3. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  4. More Than You Know, by Beth Gutcheon
  5. In the Garden of Beasts, by Erik Larson


  1. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
  2. Noah’s Compass, by Anne Tyler
  3. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, by Neil Sheehan


  1. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  2. The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles
  3. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
  4. The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
  5. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion


  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
  2. Miami, by Joan Didion
  3. A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
  4. The White Album, by Joan Didion
  5. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, by David McCullough


  1. The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
  2. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace
  3. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable


  1. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  2. Partisans: Marriage, Politics, and Betrayal Among the New York Intellectuals, by David Laskin
  3. The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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