Books I read in 2017

by wechslerh66

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Not a typo; I missed a year last year.  (2018 is now in process.)
I would try to categorize these, but no obvious themes occur to me other than Books Trump Will Not Read.  The other common theme is that they were all print books.
Also: I went to the Strand in the East Village last night for the first time in about 12 years.  Depressingly, they have more of everything than I remembered except actual books.  (I have seen the global village …)

In order (January-December):
TYRANT MEMORY, Horacio Castellanos Moya (worth it for the epilogue) (note: this link is not about the epilogue, but it’s a good summary of the book, which I don’t remember in detail now that it’s almost 2019)
ROAD TO WIGAN PIER, George Orwell (Orwell’s socialism book, appropriately free from libcom.org–sharing is caring)
THE ARGONAUTS, Maggie Nelson (what I hoped it would be from reading this, only better–possibly this generation’s version of I LOVE DICK, a personal 90s favorite)
DEEP SOUTH, Paul Theroux (more thoughtful than a Cletus safari but no more fulfilling, and at times outright uncomfortable; worth reading because it’s Theroux but–)
THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS, Arundhati Roy (it only took me 20 years to read, as long as it took her to write the followup, which is on my list for 2019)
GOING HOME, Doris Lessing (I want to read more about apartheid South Africa, because I know far less than I feel like I should–this memoir of sorts is non-essential for that purpose as well as non-essential Lessing, but it’s a decent read)
WHITE TEETH, Zadie Smith (it only took me 17 years to read this, or any Zadie Smith other than the occasional New Yorker column)
STAYIN’ ALIVE: THE 1970s AND THE LAST DAYS OF THE WORKING CLASS, Jefferson Cowie (I probably heard about thishere or here–thanks, Erik Loomis)
BROKEN CONTRACT: A MEMOIR OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Richard D. Kahlenberg (remember when law schools–at least the “elite” ones–actually taught Critical Legal Studies, and it was debatable enough to be teachable that the indeterminacy of legal doctrine masked the ways in which law favored the wealthy and powerful?)
DOSTOEVSKY: A WRITER IN HIS TIME, Joseph Frank (a worthy biography; also enormous)
THE RED PARTS: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A TRIAL, Maggie Nelson (a true crime book about the crime of autobiography)
RECONSTRUCTION: AMERICA’S UNFINISHED REVOLUTION, 1863-1877, Eric Foner (still unfinished–I mean Reconstruction; I finished the book)

Also, films I saw in 2017:
LION (train stations in India, and Nicole Kidman acting Australian)
PATERSON (Adam Driver as William Carlos Williams’s #1 fan, directed by Jim Jarmusch–I like this film better in retrospect; I remember nothing happening in it but maybe something happened that I don’t remember)
KEDI (street cats of Istanbul–I will be moving to Istanbul)
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (remake; Johnny Depp; everyone did it (sorry))

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