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Books I read in 2010

March 07, 2011

I read 21 books in 2010, considerably fewer than in 2009. For bibliophiles and the casual snoop, here they are, in reverse of the order in which they were read. Those I recommend are emboldened.

  • The Pursuit Of Love — Nancy Mitford [a favorite]
  • House Of Sugar Rebecca Kraatz [beautiful]
  • A Gate At The Stairs — Lorrie Moore [disappointing] *
  • White Teeth — Zadie Smith *
  • Dictionary Of The Khazars (female version) — Milorad Pavić [epic and beautiful]
  • Authority And American Usage — David Foster Wallace [okay so this is just a long essay]
  • White Noise — Don DeLillo *
  • Pale Fire — Vladimir Nabokov [yes.]
  • The Thousand Autumns Of Jacob De Zoet — David Mitchell *
  • A Novel Bookstore (Au Bon Roman) — Laurence Cossé [just short of greatness]
  • What Is The What — Dave Eggers
  • The Day Of The Locust — Nathaniel West
  • The Professor And The Madman — Simon Winchester [OED history]
  • Motherless Brooklyn — Jonathan Lethem
  • French Illuminated Manuscripts — H.C. Schulz
  • Then We Came To The End — Joshua Ferris [contains office humor I barely understand]
  • Old School — Tobias Wolff [poor schoolboy in rich private boarding school, you get it]
  • Patty Reed's Doll — Rachel K. Laurgaard [Mom read this aloud as we drove through Donner Pass in the Prius]
  • The Pelican Brief — John Grisham [one of few books in the hotel room at Port Aransas]
  • Hidden Treasures — Nora Roberts [see above. Make no mistake, I greatly enjoyed these]
  • Printers As Men Of The World — Evelyn Harter

* = read on my Kindle