Thursday, January 7, 2010
Dee Perry looks back at the year in books as she welcomes Sari Feldman of The Cuyahoga County Public Library, book editor for The Plain Dealer Karen Long and Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac's Backs Paperbacks.
Around Noon Book List 2009
Await Your Reply Dan Chaon
City of Thieves David Benioff
The Cradle Patrick Somerville
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Losing Mum and Pup Christopher Buckley*
King, Kaiser, Tzar Catrine Clay*
A Woman Among Warlords Malalai Joya *
Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri*
Sleeping with the Sun in His Eyes Akol Ayii Madut and Bree*
The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West Tom Holland*
The Hindus: An Alternative History Wendy Doniger
Mudbound Hillary Jordan*
Let the Great World Spin Colum McCann
Brooklyn Colm Toibin
Love and Summer William Trevor
The Red Wolf Conspiracy Robert V.S. Redick*
The Rats and the Ruling Sea Robert V.S. Redick (not yet released)*
The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s John Throndike
Before I Forget Leonard Pitts*
Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto Mark R. Levin*
Pygmy Chuck Palahniuck*
American Salvage Bonnie Jo Campbell
Lost City of Z David Grann
Down to the Wire David Orr
The Good Soldiers David Finkel
The Caveman Xiado Xiao
All the Living C.E. Morgan
Say You’re One of Them Uwem Akpan*
*: recommended by listeners
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I think the best book I read (actually listened to) was The Help by Kathryn Stockett. And I think that the audiobook version let me get a lot more from the story than reading it. Four readers took on all of the characters and made them come alive, each with their own style. I hope this one makes everyone’s list!
Two of my favorite books were Last Salute and The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University. Completely different tones but both great in their own way.
I really like “One Voice” by Naomi Feigenbaum, a local resident. She writes about her own experience going through recovery from Anorexia. It is a very personal book without the detraction of numbers--weight, calories or statistics.
It includes lessons she learned in recovery that can be applied to many illnesses and situations.
An amaizing non-fiction boook that combines my interest for architecture and history: The Age of Comfort y Joan Dejean, Bloomsbury, 2009.
About the French 18-th century origins of our notion of private life, comfort and the couch as we know it.
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Loved Alice Munro’s Too Much Happiness: short ssories. Alice Munro, a Canadian author, is one of my favorite authors and
her short stories are always superb. She captures the essence of
rather ordinary, if not quirky people in flux with great attention
to life’s happenings; many of them life-changing.
Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.
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