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My Daily Journal in Federal Prison

What I Read In Prison – 2011

The following is a list of books I read last year, beginning with my incarceration on 5/10/11.  While they all have their own merits, an asterisk precedes those titles that made an especially strong impact.  As always, I’m interested in your recommendations — in particular, literary dramatic fiction, imagistic and minimalistic poetry, and compelling memoirs.

FICTION

Benioff, David — THE 25TH HOUR

Carlotto, Massimo & Videtta, Marco — POISONVILLE

*Chabon, Michael — THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY

Connelly, Michael — THE NARROWS

*Coupland, Douglas — ELEANOR RIGBY

Coupland, Douglas — GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA

*Coupland, Douglas — THE GUM THIEF

Coupland, Douglas — MISS WYOMING

*Delillo, Don — FALLING MAN

Del Toro, Guillermo & Hoga, Chuck — THE STRAIN

De Saint-Exupery, Antoine — THE LITTLE PRINCE

*Egan, Jennifer — A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

*Eugenides, Jeffrey — MIDDLESEX

*Foer, Jonathan Safran — EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

Franzen, Jonathan — THE CORRECTIONS

Hogan, Chuck — PRINCE OF THIEVES (Re-published as THE TOWN)

Johnston, Terry C. — ONE-EYED DREAM

Johnstone, William W. — THE LAST GUNFIGHTER: IMPOSTOR

*Kirn, Walter –MISSION TO AMERICA

Kirn, Walter — THUMB SUCKER

Kirn, Walter — UP IN THE AIR

*Kundera,Milan– THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

Lehane, Dennis — MOONLIGHT MILE

Lehane, Dennis –MYSTIC RIVER

London, Jack — WHITE FANG

McCarthy, Cormac — NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

*McInerney, Jay — THE GOOD LIFE

Moore, Christopher — YOU SUCK: A LOVE STORY

Nesbo, Jo — THE REDEEMER

Palahniuk, Chuck — HAUNTED

Paretsky, Sara — TOTAL RECALL

*Salinger, J.D. — THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

Stein, Garth — THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

*Toole, John Kennedy — A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES

Vonnegut, Kurt — CAT’S CRADLE

*Vonnegut, Kurt — SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE

*Wolfe, Tom — A MAN IN FULL

*Yates, Richard –REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

NON-FICTION

Abercrombie, Barbara — COURAGE & CRAFT

Braithwaite, E.R. — TO SIR, WITH LOVE

Bramwell, David — THE BOOK OF HARD WORDS

*Buford, Bill — AMONG THE THUGS

Burroughs, Augusten — DRY

Cullen, Dave — COLUMBINE

*Didion, Joan — BLUE NIGHTS

Didion, Joan — SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM

Didion, Joan — THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING

Frey, James — A MILLION LITTLE PIECES

Gardner, Chris — THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Halpern, Justin — SHIT MY DAD SAYS

*Hamilton, Gabrielle — BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER

*Hoff, Benjamin — THE TAO OF POOH

*Hornbacher, Marya — MADNESS: A BI-POLAR LIFE

*Karr, Mary — THE LIAR’S CLUB

King, Stephen — ON WRITING

Kushner, Sam & Schoenberger, Nancy — HOLLYWOOD KRYPTONITE

Latza Nadeau, Barbie — ANGEL FACE: THE TRUE STORY OF STUDENT KILLER AMANDA KNOX

Levine, Nancy & Wilson the Pug — THE TAO OF PUG

Levitt, Steven D. & Dubner, Stephen J. — FREAKONOMICS

Levitt, Steven D. & Dubner, Stephen J. — SUPERFREAKONOMICS

*Malone, Calvin — RAZOR-WIRE DHARMA: A BUDDHIST LIFE IN PRISON

Maull, Fleet — DHARMA IN HELL: THE PRISON WRITINGS OF FLEET MAULL

Mazrich, Ben — BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE

Mazrich, Ben — RIGGED

Montiel, Dito — A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS

Norling, Ernest R. — PERSPECTIVE MADE EASY

*Sedaris, David — WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES

Simpson, O.J. — IF I DID IT

Steele, Ronnie — MY OWN WORST ENEMY: A MEMOIR OF ADDICTION

Strunk, William Jr. & White, E.B. — THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

Sudo, Philip Toshio — ZEN GUITAR

*Walls, Jeannette — THE GLASS CASTLE

Wurtzel, Elizabeth — PROZAC NATION

SELF-HELP

*Fiore, Neil, PH.D. — THE NOW HABIT

POETRY

*Collins, Billy — THE TROUBLE WITH POETRY: AND OTHER POEMS

*Simic, Charles — THAT LITTLE SOMETHING

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Miller, Frank & Mazzucchelli, David — BATMAN: YEAR ONE

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