What I’m Reading in 2017

** denotes favorite book(s) of the month

JANUARY [8]
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary CharactersMallory Ortberg : Mallory Ortberg (of the now defunct website The Toast) knows how to be both funny and smart, and this book is basically the hugest literary inside joke ever published.
A Communion of Friendship: Literacy, Spiritual Practice, and Women in RecoveryBeth Daniell : Daniell’s study of the literacy practices of a group of women in Al-Anon reveals the spiritual component embedded in reading and writing, as the group learns about themselves and their community through texts both read and composed.
HousekeepingMarilynne Robinson : Robinson’s first novel reads like a daydream: quiet, hazy, focused on the feeling of places rather than what happens in those places.
An Ember in the AshesSabaa Tahir : This compelling YA novel is Hunger Games-esque but expands its dystopian world beyond brutal challenges to show how culture, magic, and family all impact resistance.
My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern BelieverChristian Wiman : Wiman’s poetic meditation on faith, suffering, and hope is unflinchingly honest and beautiful about the pains and joys of being an artist, a human, and a lover of Christ.
The Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon :
Understanding Comics: The Invisible ArtScott McCloud :
Krazy and Ignatz, 1935-1936: A Wild Warmth of Chromatic Gravy George Herriman :

 

FEBRUARY [7]
A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators – Rita Malenczyk, editor :
Violence: A New ApproachMichel Wieviorka :
Building StoriesChris Ware :
The Managerial Unconscious in the History of Composition Studies Donna Strickland :
The Promise and Perils of Writing Program Administration Theresa Enos and Scott Borrowman, editors :
A Torch Against the NightSabaa Tahir :
The System of ComicsThierry Groensteen :
Fun HomeAlison Bechdel :

MARCH [6]
Bitch Planet Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro :
A Room of One’s OwnVirginia Woolf :
Very Like a WhaleEdward M. White, Norbert Elliot, and Irvin Peckham :
Articulating Dissent: Protest and the Public SpherePollyanna Ruiz :
HereRichard McGuire :
Antiracist Writing Assessment EcologiesAsao B. Inoue :

APRIL [4]
Going PublicShirley K. Rose :
UnflatteningNick Sousanis :
Chew, Vol. 1: Taster’s ChoiceJohn Layman and Rob Guillory :
RhizcomicsJason Helms :

MAY
Dept. H Matt Kindt and Sharlene Kindt :
Bellweather Rhapsody Kate Racculia :
Hallelujah AnywayAnne Lamott :
Kindred SpiritsRainbow Rowell :
I Remember NothingNora Ephron :
Are You My Mother?Alison Bechdel :
March: Book 3 John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell :
Chew, Vol. 2: International FlavorJohn Layman and Rob Guillory :
The Year of Magical ThinkingJoan Didion :