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Best of Books of 2012

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Best of Books of 2012 Dee Perry welcomes a panel of bookworms to look back at the best in books from the past year. Joining her are Karen Long of The Plain Dealer, Suzanne DeGaetano of Mac's Backs and Sari Feldman of The Cuyahoga County Public Library.

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Books Discussed on today’s program:

1) Leanne Shapton-“Swimming Studies”
2) Christopher Ware “Building Stories”
3) Zadie Smith-“NW”
4) Beck-“Song Reader”
5) Ben Fountain-“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”
6) Stewart O’Nan-“The Odds”
7) Derf-“My Friend Dahmer”
8) Molly Lawless-“Hit By Pitch”
9) Ellen Forney-“Marbles”
10) Lisa Cohen-“All We Know”
11) Alan Sepinwall-“The Revolution Was Televised”
12) Trubek & Pilparinen-“Rust Belt Chic-The Cleveland Anthology
13) Jeremy Smith-“The Cleveland Architecture Coloring Book”
14) Justin Glanville-“New to Cleveland”
15) Robin Yocum-“The Essay”
16) Ian McEwan-“Sweet Tooth”
17) Esi Edugyan-“Half-Blood Blues”
18) Robin Sloan-“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”
19) Kirsty Gunn-“The Big Music”
20) Laruen Goff-“Arcadia”
21) Richard Ford-“Arcadia”
22) Jeannette Winterson-“Why be Happy When You Could Be Normal”
23) Teju Cole-“Open City”
24) Ayana Mathis-“The Twelve Tribes of Hattie”
25) Liz Moore-“Heft”


Arts and Culture, Literature


Karen Long, Plain Dealer

Suzanne DeGaetano, Mac’s Backs

Sari Feldman, Cuyahoga County Public Library

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