BEST OF THE BOOKS I READ THIS YEAR
Not necessarily published this year. And in no particular order. Insert any other qualifying statements here.
- •Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary MantelI KNOW! I'm so behind the times. But for this Tudor-loving gal, both the scholarship and the writing in these tales were riveting. BOOK THREE, PLEASE, MANTEL.
- •Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Hughette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill DedmanRich people are CRAZY.
- •Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah HalpernAlmost too close to home at times, this is the alcoholism memoir young women so desperately need.
- •Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. SteeleFascinating look at how devastating stereotyping is in the educational environment.
- •The Rocks by Peter NicholsWritten by a fellow Antioch MFA, it's a gorgeous, sprawling love story and travelogue all in one.
- •The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff HobbsTragic is right. Sobering and devastating look at the attempts of one young man to escape his embattled home turf and make it in the Ivy League.
- •Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine BooI'm way behind on this one too, but I finally steeled myself for this grueling and gorgeously written look at life in the Mumbai slums.
- •Redeployment by Phil KlayThis is the literary heir to Tim O'Brien's the things they carried. Stunning.
- •Station Eleven by Emily St. John MandelWhen a virus takes out most of the worlds population, what happens to those who remain? Enthralling.
- •The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen RappaportMaybe it's not for everyone, but I sort of have a thing for the Romanovs. This book is perhaps the best I've read about them.