Spain Remembers

Spain Remembers

Monday, December 15, 2008

2008 -My Top Books

I keep a yearly book list plus comments Here are the ones I most enjoyed set out in no particualr order.

1. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett– good fun as the queen starts reading novels and then – gasp – thinks of writing her memoirs

2, The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. The smooth prose sails along. A young Chinese man spends a year in rural Japan prior to the war.

3. The Retreat by David Bergen. A wonderful novel so well written it made my teeth ache. The suspense slowly builds. The setting is a sort of commune in the bush near Kenora and the end section deals with the Anicinabe Park conflict. A true northern novel.

4. Burma by Guy Delisle A graphic novel about the author, his wife who works for MSF (Medecin Sans Frontiers) and their baby who spent a year in Burma. Wonderful stuff.

5. I Feel Bad About my Neck by Nora Epstein Humorous and inciteful comments on modern foibles.

6. Foreclosure by Jackie D’Acre A mystery with a great plot, interesting Louisiana setting.

7. In the Land of Long Fingernails by Charlie Wilkins. Memoir of a summer working in a grave yard. Fall down funny.

8. Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles – Historical fiction at its best. A Novel of the Civil War in Missouri.

9. A Short History of Tractors in the Ukraine by Marina Lewycka. Funny but poignant too. Old dad takes a young wife from the Ukraine.

10. Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith. A mystery based on the Chernobyl disaster. I have enjoyed all the books by this writer.

11. Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories-editor Jane Urquhart. It’s all there – Atwood, Munro, Gallant, Levine, and many other Canadian greats.

12. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. First in series about Michael Toliver, one of the sweetest people I have ever met in a book. Setting is the San Francisco gay community.

13. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich. What can one say? I have read all fourteen Stephanie Plum mysteries and love the characters, especially Ranger. Smart, funny and addicting.

14. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters A historical novel about a young lesbian’s adventures in London.

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