Jan Bowman

Entry # 117 – A LIST – Books I Might Read in 2013 –

Sunday, December 2, 2012, the New York Times posted its List of 100 notable Books of 2012.   From that list – I have gleaned Jan’s List of “Maybe” Books to read in 2013.  


This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
A Hologram For the King by Dave Eggers
In One Person by John Irving
The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Salvage the Bones by  Jesmyn Ward
San Miguel by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Shout Her Lovely Name by Natalie Serber

Short Story Collections
The Book of Mischief: Stories by Steve Stern
Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

Gods Without Men: Stories by Hari Kunzru
Married Love: And Other Stories by Tessa Hadley

Collected Poems by Jack Gilbert

Non Fiction  
My Poets by Maureen N. McLane
On a Farther Shore: The Life & Legacy of Rachel Carson 
                                    – by William Souder
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? 
                                    – by Jeannette Winterson 

Sometimes There Is A Void: Memoirs of An Outsider   – by Zakes Mda 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  
                  – by Katherine Boo 

Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats
                                                  – by Roger Rosenblatt
Far From The Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity                      – by Andrew Solomon
And yes.  It is true that I have books still unopened and unread from last year.  And I am realistic enough to know that I’ll likely read 40%of these.  And I offer no particular reason for my choices – except my own whimsical notions based on reading the brief reviews – which I won’t give here, since you can easily go online & get reviews from the New York Times or Amazon. 
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Jan Bowman’s work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Big Muddy, Broadkill Review, Trajectory, Third Wednesday, Minimus, Buffalo Spree (97), Folio, The Potomac Review, Musings, Potato Eyes, and others. She won the 2011 Roanoke Review Prize for Fiction. Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories and a story was a finalist in the “So To Speak” Fiction Contest. She is working on two collections of short stories and currently shopping for a publisher for a completed story collection. She has nonfiction work pending publication in Spring 2013 Issues of Trajectory and Pen-in-Hand. She writes a weekly blog of “Reflections” on the writing life and posts regular interviews with writers and publishers.   Learn more at:

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