Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million
Daniel Mendelsohn (non-fic, 2007)
Playing the Enemy: Nelson
Mandela & the game that made a nation, J. Carlin
Love Marriage, by V. V. Ganeshananthan (fic,
Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry (fic,
of Eneas McNulty, by Sebastian Barry (fic, 1990)
Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ismael Beah (non-fic,
by Alan Brennart, 1890's - girl sent to Molokai learns her
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Haruki Murakami (fiction, 1997).
Haruki Murakami (fiction, 2007)
Breach (stalking a U.S. counter spy),
Walk Hard (comedy - John C. Reilly as a musical
Romance and Cigarettes working
class (down and dirty musical),
Keeping Mum (comedy-crime),
Mr. Bean's Holiday
(goofy but sophisticated),
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (paralyzed editor can communicate with left eye only.),
The Kite Runner (Afghan boy and servant
grow up as brothers - true to the book).
Chisel Beach, Ian McEwan, 2007
Atonement notes: Movie in war scene "Power of
Shadows", 1938 romantic nihilist movie.
Redemptive power of art. Art
creates illusions to enable you to live with life.
York Times 100 notable books of 2007
Rum Cake recipe
1948, by Larry Watson.
Glass Castle Jeannette Walls (memoir, 2005).
kids survive quirky dysfunctional parents
Echo Maker, Richard Powers (Winner of National Book Award)
Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky (2005, 2 novellas., PB)
Written in WWII France in 1940's
from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,
Passions Spent, Vita Sackville-West
Katherine Weber, 2006, Historical
End of Faith: Religion,
Terror, and the Future of Reason,
Sam Harris, indictment of religion
Eat the Document,
Dana Spiotta, 60's fugitive - aging, with a son, still
Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
(2005, 2 novellas., PB) Written in WWII France in 1940's
in Translation: Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, Temple
Grandin (2005, NFic, PB)
Life So Far, Jane Fonda (Autobiography, 2006, PB)
1,000 White Women, Jim Fergus (Hist novel, 1999, PB)
Woman's journal as wife of Chief.
Matters, Rohinton Mystry (2003, fict., PB) Novel set in
A Fine Balance, Rohinton
Mistry (1996, PB,), 4 people in India's 1975 state of emergency.
Favorites about India by William Dalrymple:
of Djinns, William Dalrymple
(1993, PB) History of India through archit.
Xanadu, William Dalrymple (2000, PB,
Age of Kali: Indian Travels, William
Dalrymple (2000, Non-Fic. PB)
Favorites by Nadine Gordimer:
Daughter, Gordimer (1980, PB) So.
African woman revolutionary.
Gordimer (1983, PB, ) Transvaal landowner's
People, Nadine Gordimer (1982, fict., PB)
Black and White in So. Africa
Favorite Short Stories:
Frome, by Edith Wharton
Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann
Rocking Horse Winner, by D.H. Lawrence
Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, by
Worn Path, by Eudora Welty
Snow, Secret Snow, by Conrad Aiken
Blonde, by Dorothy Parker
in Samarra, by John O'Hara
8, by John O'Hara
Rich as Stink, by Alice Munro (Love
of a Good Woman)
by Dos Pasos
in August, by William
Crimes, by Annie Proulx
Favorite Mystery Authors (the ones I
Perry murderess (Thomas and Charlotte Pitt,
Elizabeth Chefwaller (Lane, couldn't
When We Were Orphans
Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Fiction,
2001). Compelling mystery about a recluse author, a
boy and evil. Set in Barcelona, 1939.
Ha-Ha Dave King (Fiction, 2005). Boy
changes life of disabled Vietnam vet.
Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger (Fiction,
2003). Her husband gets routinely, involuntarily
whisked into another time
8 John Burdett (Mystery, 2002)
The only clean cop in Bangkok investigates his partner's
murder. Voyeuristic peek at Bangkok's sex trade.
Economy of Prestige:
Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value,
James F. English, Jr.
Writers Revisit Books They Love,
Anne Fadiman (Editor)
without Wings, by Louis de Bernieres, the
author of Corelli's Mandolin.
Shame of the Nation: The
Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America,
Magician's Assistant, by Ann
Patchett Better than Bel Canto?
on Earth, Wendell
Berry (read the hard copy)
on Snow, Anita
All the Animals: A Memoir,
I Said So: 33 Mothers Write about Children, Sex, Men, Aging,
Faith, Race, and Themselves
Camille Peri, Kate Moses
Her Sister's Keeper
Marilynne Robinson, Fiction, 2004. Pulitzer, Preacher
writes about his life.
Madame Sarah, Cornelia
Otis Skinner, Biography, 1989. Sarah Burnhardt.
White Bird Flying, Bess Streeter Aldrich,
1988. Granddaughter inherits literary aspirations.
Known World, Edward
P. Jones (Historical Fiction, 2003).
Pulitzer. Black slave owners.
Ha-Ha, Dave King (Fiction, 2005). Boy
comes to live with a Vietnam vet who can't talk.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,
Mark Haddon '02, Autistic
boy solves crime
Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism,
Dome Ross King, Non-Fiction, 2000,
Renaissance genius reinvents architecture
Sister's Keeper Jodi Picoult,
Fiction, 2004. Child conceived as
bone-marrow match for sister
Spiral Staircase: My climb out of
Darkness, Karen Armstrong,
Round-Heeled Woman, Jane Juska, (Non-Fiction,
1998) At 76, she places ad for
Line of Beauty,
Alan Hollinghurst. 2004 Booker.
The Philosopher's Demise:
Learning French Richard Watson, 2003. He can't
learn it - witty.
Ha-Ha Dave King, 2005.
War-damaged man cares for boy and opens up to world again.
Life Carolyn Moorehead Bio of Martha Gellhorn
Silk and Cyanide:A
Leo Marks. Head of Brit code-breaking WWII
from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,
Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble & Coming of Age in the
Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier
Night Lights: A Town a Team and a Dream
H.G Bissinger. High school football
9/11 Commission Report, National
Commission on Terrorist Attacks, (Report, 2004)
Valerie Martin, (Fiction, 2003) Woman
slaveholder in the South.
Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna
Clark, (Fiction, 2004) Magic in 1800's England.
Rule of Four, Ian Caldwell,
(Mystery, 2004) Erudite puzzle-book set at Princeton.
Your Family in Corduroy and Denim: Essays, David Sedaris (Humor, 2004)
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon (Fiction, 2000)
Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder (Biography, 2003)
Dr. Paul Farmer cures the world
Voices, Penelope Fitzgerald,
(Fiction, 1999) The
BBC during WWII.
Saint, Hannah Green, (Spiritual
journey, 2000) Written
in ecstasy in Conques, France.
Secretary, Madeleine K. Albright,
(Autobiography, 2003) Her
Mothers: The women who raised our nation, Cokie Roberts
History, Hillary Clinton, (Non-Fiction, 2003).
Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (Fiction,
Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini,
Peppered Moth, Margaret Drabble,
Devil in the White City, Erik Larson (Historical
Fiction, 2002). 1890 Chicago World's Fair.
Bow, Elizabeth George Speare (Fiction, 1997). Avenging
father's death by crucifixion.
Big House: A Century - American Summer Home, George
Howe Colt (Non-Fiction, 2003).
to a Young Therapist, Mary Pipher,
(Non-Fiction, 2003). Sound life wisdom.
Mighty Heart, Mariane Pearl,
(Non-Fiction, 2003). The search for Danny Pearl in
and Silk, Mark Salzman,
(Non-Fiction, 1987). English teacher in post-cultural rev.
author? A foreigner in China.
Junes, Julia Glass, (Fiction,
2002) Bonds of a complicated Scottish famly.
Anna Quindlen, (Fiction, 2002). What makes
a child legitimate or illigitimete?
Extraordinary Like of Gertrude Bell, Janet
Wallach, (Non-Fiction, 1998)
of Pi, Yann Martel, (Fiction,
castaway on high seas.
Fortress of Solitude, Johathan
Lethem, (Fiction, 2003) 1970's
boy is Brooklyn pioneer.
to the World, Baby Girl, Fannie
Flagg, (Fiction, 1998) Rising
TV star has a past.
Queen, Janet Wallach,
(Non-Fiction, 1996) Gertrude
Bell and founding of Iraq.
of Patterns, Jill Paton Walsh,
(Fiction, 1992) How
the plague came to a 1665 village.
Human Stain, Philip Roth,
(Fiction, 2000) NE
Professor keeps a 50 yr. old secret.
Moves the Furniture, Margot
(Fiction, 2001) Invisible
visitors haunt Eva- WWII.
(Fiction, 1990) Mysterious
chess set touches lives thru history.
Is It Always About You?,
Sandy Hotchkiss, (Non-Fiction, 2002) Surviving
Fox and the Hedgehog, Isaiah
Berlin, (Non-Fiction, 1993) Tolstoy's
view of history.
Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown,
(Fiction, 2003) Fast-pace
Piano Shop on the Left Bank, Thad
Carhart, (Fiction, 2003)
Lake, Mary Lawson, (Fiction, 2003) Northern
Ontario - sibling rivalry.
Media, Poor Democracy, Robert
McChesney, (Non-Fiction, 1999)
the Buzzsaw, Kristina Borjesson,
editor, (Non-Fiction, 2002) Myth
of the Free Press
Wonderland, Jackie Wullschlager,
(Non-Fiction , 1995) Writing Alice, Pan, Pooh
Professor and the Madman,
Simon Winchester, (Non-Fiction, 1998) Insanity &
Adams, David McCullough, (Biography, 2001) 2002
on Capri: A Memoir Shirley Hazzard,
(Non-Fiction, 2000) Graham Greene.
Bridge Even S. Connell, (Fiction, 1990)
Solid citizens of modern American society.
Matters Rohinton Mistery, (Fiction, 2001)
Parkinson's impacts family in Bombay.
Neck Norman Cousins, (Fiction, 2003)
1960's kids grow up.
Thief Lord Cornelia Funke, (Fiction,
2001) For young adults.
Bush Dyslexicon, Mark Crispin Miller,
(Non-Fiction, 2001) Humor - Bush misspeaks.
Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of
Geraldine Brooks, (Non-Fiction, 1994)
Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry, (Fiction,
2000) Four flee India's 1975 civil emergency.
of an Illness Norman Cousins,
(Non-Fiction, 1981) As perceived by the patient.
Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage Alice
Munro, (Stories, 2001) Great.
Writing Stephen King,
(Non-Fiction, 2000) A master storyteller shares secrets.
Swans: three daughters of China, Jung Chang,
(Non-fiction, 1991) 3 generations.
Conquerors Michael Beschloss,
(Non-Fiction, 2002) Roosevelt, Truman mold Germany.
Sandor Marai, (Fiction, 2001) Reunion reveals end of
Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding, (Fiction,
1996) 30-ish single woman.
1948, Larry Watson, (Fiction, 1995)
Conflict between family loyalty and justice.
Month in the Country, J.L. Carr, (Fiction,
2000) Recovering from WWI.
Winfried Georg Sebald, (Fiction, 2001) Man's
identity crisis from childhood void.
Falls, Richard Russo, (Fiction, 2001)
Decaying mill town in Maine.
Third Man, Best movie of all time. (Movie,
1949) Classic film noir - post WWII Vienna.
Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell,
(Essays, 2002) Sardonic commentary, history.
Piano Tuner, Daniel Philippe Mason,
(Fiction, 2002) Mysterious Burma in 1886.
and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara
Ehrenreich, (Non-Fiction, 2001)
Action, Bingham Laura, Leedy Gansler,
(Non-Fiction, 2002) Sexual harass. in mines.
When We Were Grown-ups, Anne Tyler, (Fiction,
2001) Suburban nightmare.
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international and US press. Subscribe.
Teeth, Zadie Smith, (Fiction, 2000)
Erudite comedy about culture-clash in Britain.
Jacaranda, Penelope Lively, (Memoir, 1994)
Portrait of a childhood in Egypt.
Son, J. H. Hatfield & William Wimsatt, (Biography,
1999 or 2001) George W. Bush
Beautiful Mind, Sylvia Nasar, (Biography,
1998) John Nash, math genius,
Bee Season, Myla Goldberg, (Fiction, 2000)
Gaining renown as the spelling bee champ.
Blood: A Memoir, Lorna Sage, (Autobiography, 2000)
Growing up in postwar Wales
Canto, Ann Patchett, (Fiction, 2001)
Hostages mesmerized by opera's famed soprano.
Great Mischief, Alistair MacLeod (Fiction,
2000) Haunted by a Scottish mythic past.
Heart of Stone, Renate Dorrestein (Fiction, 2001)
Ghosts of her Amsterdam childhood.
Emperor of Ocean Park, Stephen L. Carter (Fiction,
2002) African-American society.
the Fall, Jeffrey Lent, (Non-fiction, 2000)
Post Civil War to Great Depression.
Eyes, Memory, Edwidge Danticat, (Fiction,
1998) Girl back to Haiti. Hartford
I Was Gone, Sue Miller, (Fiction, 2000)
Woman leaves marriage in 1968.
Year by the Sea: thoughts of an unfinished woman,
Joan Anderson (Fiction, 2000)
Time They Met, Anita Shreve (Fiction, 2002)
passionate relationship - only 3 times
Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood,
Alexandra Fuller (Memoir, 2001)
Tungsten, Oliver Sacks,
(Non-fiction, 2001) Sack's childhood - a scientific
Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell. (Non-Fiction,
2000). How the world changes.
Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond. (Science,
1997), Pulitzer. Why humans flourished.
Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
1955). Love and contentment.
Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri, (Fiction, 2000)
Houseboy in modern-day India.
Impact and Middle Eastern Response,
Bernard Lewis, (Fiction, 2000)
in the House:
Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine,
Raja Shehadeh, Non-fiction, 2001)
Mustard Seed Versus McWorld: Reinventing
Life & Faith. Tom Sine, (Non-fiction, 1999)
Round-Trips through History, Technology, Science, Culture,
James Burke, (Non-fiction, 2000)
Metaphysical Club: A
story of ideas in America. Louis Menand, (Non-fiction,
Jane Hamilton, (Fiction, 2001) 17 yr-old discovers mom's
on Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald, (Fiction,
2002) Troubled Nova Scotia family..
Were the Mulvaneys, Joyce Carol Oates, (Fiction,
2001) Rise & fall of American family.
Crossing, Pat Barker, (Fiction, 2001)
Boy murderer and psychologist.
at the End of the World, Michael Cunningham,
(Fiction, 1990) Guys & girl form triangle
Red Box, Peter Sis,
(Non-fiction, 1998) a father's diary - lost in Tibet.
Lives: Five Victorian Marriages, Phyllis Rose,
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri, (Fiction, 1999) Short
stories - first book.
Elegy for Iris: A Memoir, John Bayley, (Non-fiction,
1999) Iris Murdoch's husband writes.
Rising to the Occasion, a Practical Companion, Edith
Hazard & Wallace Pinfold, (Non-fiction, 2001) How
do do almost everything.
Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan, (Non-fiction, 2001) Plants-eye
view of the world.
in the Family, Michael Ondaatje, (Autobiography, 1993) Back to Ceylon.
and the Mind, Edward L. Klaiber, (Health, 2001)
Custom hormones for women.
by Deborah Tannen Men, women and language.
Daughter of Fortune,
Isabel Allende. (Fiction, 1999)
Connecticut Digital Library -CT Education Network text &
to the Moon, Adam Gopnik, (Non-fiction, 2000)
Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami,
Freak, Stefan Fatsis, (Non-fiction, 2001)
The world of serious scrabble players.
Lost Life, Claire Massu, ()
Chimney Sweeper's Boy, Barbara Vine, (Fiction,
To Be Good, Nick Hornby, (Fiction, 2001)
of Years, Anne Tyler, (Fiction, 1997)
Du Lac, Anita Brookner, (Fiction, 1995)
The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf, (Fiction, 1920?)
The Gold Bug Variations, Richard Powell, (Fiction, 1994)
The Fall of
a Sparrow, Robert
Hellenga , (Fiction 1998) Man in Italy after daughter dies
The Sixteen Pleasures, Robert
1994) Sexual awakening of a young woman
the Scenes at the Museum,
Atkinson (fiction, 1997) Generations
Conditions of Faith, Alex Miller
(Fiction, 2000) 1920's in
Mark Twain And His World, Justin Kaplan, (non-Fiction,
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers.
(non-fiction, 2000) Raising an 8 year-old brother
The Map of Love, Ahdaf Soueif (fiction, 2000) Romantic
Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane
1961) see review.
Images and Shadows: Part of a Life, Iris Origo,
(autobiography, 1970). Modern aristocracy.
Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman
(non-fiction, 1998), Hmong clash.
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie, (fiction, 1981)
The Conservationist , Nadine Gordimer, (fiction, 1975)
(portrait of an Afrikaner industrialist)
Headlong, Michael Frayn (fiction, 1999)
Tulip Fever, Deborah
Moggach, (fiction, 2000)
Jerusalem the Golden, Margaret Drabble (fiction, 1967)
Millstone, Margaret Drabble (fiction, 1965)
Ahab's Wife, or, The Star-Gazer, Sena Jeter Naslund,
Under a Wing: A Memoir, Reeve Lindbergh (memoir, 1998)
House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III (fiction, 1999)
Magician of the Modern, Eugene Gaddis, (Non-Fiction,
2000) Chic Austin and the arts in US
The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood, (fiction, 2000)
Body and Soul
In the Fall, Jeffery Lent (legacy of slavery), (fiction,
July's People, Nadine Gordimer, (race relations in South
Africa), (fiction, 1982)
The Road from Coorain , Jill Ker Conway, (growing up on a
sheep station), (memoir, 1989)
Remembering Babylon, David Malouf, (13 yr-old castaway in
Australia), (fiction, 1993)
A Month in the Country, James Lloyd Carr, (WWI vet renews
faith), (fiction, 1983)
The Eye of the Storm, Patrick White, (family love and
hatred), (fiction,1988) ’73 Pulitzer.