* Starred entries are favorites. 


Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion (now reading)

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be (now reading)

Daniel Markovits, The Meritocracy Trap * (You would pick up this book only if you are interested in this kind of thing. I am.)

Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist *

Bruce Holsinger, The Gifted School

Carl Zimmer, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh (Some parts read like science fiction. I felt the book tried to cover too much.)

Richard Powers, The Overstory * (Tough read. I didn’t always enjoy the writing but the second half was powerful.)

Madhuri Vijay, The Far Field

Halle Butler, The New Me *

Andrew Sean Greer, Less

Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life *

Eugene O’Neill, “All God’s Chillun Got Wings” (my octogenarian father’s recommendation)

Chaya Bhuvaneswar, White Dancing Elephants *


Perumal Murugan, One Part Woman *

Neel Patel, If You See Me Don’t Say Hi

Carlo Rovelli, The Order of Time * (This was a difficult read. I probably understood only 20% of the book, but it was well worth the effort.)

Keith Gessen, A Terrible Country *

Han Kang, The Vegetarian

Elizabeth Flock, The Heart is a Shifting Sea

Neel Mukherjee, A State of Freedom

Mohsin Hamid, Exit West *

George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo *

Magda Szabo, The Door *

Amos Oz, My Michael

Matthew Zapruder, Why Poetry


Gwendoline Riley, First Love *

Amit Majmudar, Dothead

Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics *

Vivek Shanbhag (translated by Srinath Perur), Ghachar Ghochar: A Novel *

Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind *

U.R. Ananthamurthy, Samskara (an NYRB classic)*

Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey Into Night *

Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich *

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Ratika Kapur, The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen


Philip Larkin’s poems *

George Saunders’ stories *

V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas *

Stephen Dunn, What Goes On: Selected and New Poems *

Rachel Cusk, Outline *

Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther *

Donald Antrim, The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories*

Atul Gawande, Being Mortal

Steven Millhauser, We Others New and Selected Stories *

Emmanual Carrere,  The Mustache *

Thomas Bernhard, Woodcutters *

Albert Camus, The Fall *

Nikolai Gogol, “The Overcoat” *

Franz Kafka’s stories*

Neel Mukherjee,  The Lives of Others

Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist *

Albert Camus, The Stranger

J.M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K *

Akhil Sharma, Family Life *

Saadat Hasan Manto, Bombay Stories

Bernard Malamud, The Magic Barrel and Other Stories *

William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow

Shirley Jackson, The Lottery and Other Stories

E.M.Forster, A Passage to India

John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever