What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

Reading List


Below is a list of books that I read during my Peace Corps service and beyond. This is recorded in evidence, in vindication, in hopes for further future accountability…

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
Peter Balakian, Black Dog of Fate
Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” (short story)
Don Miller, Blue Like Jazz
Philip Yancey, Soul Survivor
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
Mikhail Bulgakov, Master and Margarita
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Dave Gibbons (and Alan Moore), Watchmen (e-book)
Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Charles Burns, Black Hole
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Don Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
Steve Martin, Born Standing Up
Arthur Phillips, Prague
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Anne Lamott, All New People
Mike Birbiglia, Sleepwalk With Me
David Brooks, The Social Animal
Dave Barry, Tricky Business
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake
Lucy Eyre, If Minds Had Toes
Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida, Away We Go
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
Bernard Malamud, The Tenants
Michael Chabon, Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Martin Page, How I Became Stupid
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Gregory Maguire, Wicked
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
Joe Posnanski, The Soul of Baseball
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Sloane Crosley, I Was Told There’d Be Cake
Don Miller, Searching for God Knows What
Charlaine Harris, Club Dead
David Sedaris, Barrel Fever
Charlaine Harris, All Together Dead
Alexandr Hemon, The Question of Bruno
John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
Seth Grahame-Smith, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
John Giorno,You Got To Burn To Shine
Tatyana Tolstaya, The Slynx
Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Lois Lowry, The Giver
Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue
Lois Lowry, Messenger
Lois Lowry, Son 

Currently reading: Susan Cain, Quiet


  • I thought the spare, straight style fit the book’s content perfectly. It really was a harrowing look into a life constantly on edge, so many narrow escapes and small boons and chance encounters and suffering packed into it…and then you realize that this is only one day!

What Direction Now? Life at the intersection…

About Andrew.

Andrew Cartwright grew up in Indianapolis, IN, but has lived over the years in such places as Denver, CO; Fairfax, VA; and Rivne, Ukraine. He is a former nonfiction editor for both Indiana Review and phoebe; he has also worked for the intersectional feminist journal, So To Speak, and the national literary magazine, Electric Literature. His work has appeared in The Normal School Online, Copper Nickel, Esquire Ukraine, Literary Hub, and Word Riot.

For more information about me and links to other writing, visit my author page at cartwriter.com

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