An incomplete list of notable books I’ve read in the last few years. I update the list frequently.  * Starred entries are particular favorites.


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

Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen

Philip Larkin’s poems *

George Saunders’ stories *

Ratika Kapur, The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma

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