Books Read in 2011

Favorite Fiction of 2011

Favorite Nonfiction of 2011

Feminist Faves of 2011

Favorite Memoirs of 2011

Miscellaneous Faves of 2011

*Titles with an asterisk are audiobooks.

  1. Late for Tea at the Deer Palace by Tamara Chalabi
  2. Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg
  3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
  4. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft
  5. Like Life by Lorrie Moore
  6. A Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates
  7. House Divided by Raul Ramos y Sanchez
  8. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
  9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith *
  10. Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera ed. by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Georgina Guzmán
  11. Rape New York by Jana Leo
  12. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga *
  13. She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor
  14. The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik
  15. The Education of Women and The Vices of Men trans. by Hasan Javadi and Willem Floor
  16. Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life by Stephanie Staal
  17. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  18. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende *
  19. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
  20. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
  21. Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein
  22. Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
  23. Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman
  24. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  25. Heat Wave: The Life and Career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle
  26. Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
  27. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
  28. Jane Austen: A Life Revealed by Catherine Reef
  29. Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
  30. To a Mountain in Tibet by Colin Thubron
  31. Galore by Michael Crummey
  32. Let’s Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
  33. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  34. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
  35. Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee
  36. The Raising by Laura Kasischke
  37. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  38. Quarantine: Stories by Rahul Mehta
  39. Flight by Sherman Alexie
  40. Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkel
  41. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey
  42. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich *
  43. Columbine by Dave Cullen *
  44. Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging ed. by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber
  45. My American Unhappiness by Dean Bakopoulos
  46. Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina by Rosie Molinary
  47. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  48. Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
  49. Two for the Road: Our Love Affair with American Food by Jane and Michael Stern
  50. God Dies by the Nile by Nawal El Saadawi
  51. The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
  52. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  53. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter
  54. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  55. Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition” ed. by Alicia Gaspar de Alba and Alma López
  56. Seeds by Richard Horan
  57. Faith by Jennifer Haigh
  58. Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
  59. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  60. Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way by Molly Birnbaum
  61. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  62. The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
  63. Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan
  64. Dancing Barefoot by Wil Wheaton
  65. Wildwood by Colin Meloy
  66. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  67. Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
  68. Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
  69. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  70. No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed: The Rise of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement by Cynthia Orozco
  71. We the Animals by Justin Torres
  72. Never the Hope Itself: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and Haiti by Gerry Hadden
  73. Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva by Debby Herbenick and Vanessa Schick
  74. The True Memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp
  75. A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010 by Cherrie Moraga
  76. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  77. What You See in the Dark by Manuel Muñoz
  78. I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris *
  79. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  80. Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex ed. by Erica Jong
  81. Cross Over Water by Richard Yañez
  82. Emerald City: Stories by Jennifer Egan
  83. F ’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls by Jennifer Baumgardner
  84. Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam
  85. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown *
  86. Before the End, After the Beginning by Dagoberto Gilb
  87. The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking: A Memoir by Ying-Ying Chang
  88. No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo
  89. The Taste of Salt by Martha Southgate
  90. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
  91. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
  92. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  93. The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives by Diana Reiss
  94. The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad
  95. The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History by Jonathan Franzen
  96. Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
  97. Then Again by Diane Keaton
  98. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  99. Schoolgirl by Osamu Dazai
  100. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
  101. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  102. How to Die in Paris by Naturi Thomas
  103. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell *
  104. Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas by John Baxter
  105. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  106. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

2 thoughts on “Books Read in 2011

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog. This may be of interest to you– I recently interviewed feminist, activist and poet Margaret Randall for the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum. She is the author of over 100 books of poetry and feminist history. Here is the link:

    Let me know what you think & I invite you to link to us. Thank you. MMM.

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