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Wrapping up 2009 (books)


1. Atwood, Margaret. The Edible Woman.
2. Dean, Debra. The Madonnas of Leningrad.
3. Mankell, Henning. The Return of the Dancing Master.
4. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man.
5. Smith, Alexander McCall. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate.
6. Le Carré, John. The Tailor of Panama.
7. Smiley, Jane. Moo.
8. Smith, Julie. The Axeman's Jazz.
9. Adams, Carrie. The Godmother.
10. King, Stephen. Duma Key.
11. Mankell, Henning. The Pyramid.
12. McGrath, Patrick. The Grotesque.
13. Desai, Kiran. The Inheritance of Loss.
14. Vine, Barbara (Ruth Rendell). The Birthday Present.
15. Von Ditfurth, Christian. A Paragon of Virtue.
16. Delinsky, Barbara. Coast Road.
17. Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones.
18. Richmond, Michelle. The Year of Fog.
19. Smith, Alexander McCall. The Right Attitude to Rain.
20. Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code.
21. King, Stephen. Just After Sunset.
22. Pears, Iain. The Immaculate Deception.
23. Shriver, Lionel. We Need to Talk About Kevin.
24. Kaufman, Sue. Diary of a Mad Housewife.
25. McCarthy, Cormac. The Road.
26. Grimes, Martha. The Old Wine Shades.
27. Slaughter, Karin. Kisscut.

Non-Fiction / Memoirs:

1. Spitz, Bob. The Saucier's Apprentice.
2. Sonnenberg, Susanna. Her Last Death.
3. Ruhlman, Michael. The Making of a Chef.
4. Nyron, Vicki. Dewey.
5. Lessing, Doris. On Cats.
6. Zabar, Tracey. Charmed Bracelets.
7. Parry, Richard Lloyd. In the Time of Madness: Indonesia on the Edge of Chaos.
8. Child, Julia. My Life in France.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I see a few names I recognize on your list. I started the memoir by Susanna Sonnenberg but got sidetracked; was it good? I have the Ruhlman book but have not started it yet. And I considered getting the Lessing book, I may have gotten a free sample on Kindle. Did you like it?
Jan. 5th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: books
I bought the Lessing book as a birthday present for someone, and read it before I sent it off. It was a little depressing in parts; not something I'd want to reread.

The Sonnenberg book was interesting.

Really enjoyed Ruhlman's culinary odyssey.

Oh, just so you know, Dewey is about a kitten who was dropped into a library book return bin one cold night, and was rescued by the librarians. He became the Library Cat, and lived his entire life in the library (achieving international fame while he was about it). It's a charming story; I think you'd like it very much.
Jan. 6th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: books
What was depressing about the Lessing book? I confess I have concluded that while I like the idea of her as an author, I don't actually like most of what she writes. It's all a bit grim.

Dewey, of course! I have seen the book and it looked like a charming story.
Jan. 6th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: books
A lot of the cats in her book had rather bleak and sad lives thanks to the people they were associated with. Let's just say that Dewey was lucky not to have been found by one of them. If you want to read it, get it from the library.
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