Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Books I Read in 2010

Nigel Slater Memoir
Truly extraordinary story of a childhood remembered through food in each chapter, as he takes readers on a tour of the contents of his family’s pantry – rice pudding, tinned ham, cream soda, mince pies, lemon drops, bourbon, biscuits. Award winner in the UK.

The Twelve Little Cakes
Dominika Dery Memoir of a Prague childhood
More tender than angry, this memoir is a tribute to the pleasures of childhood and family, even under terrible circumstances.

Marley and Me
John Grogan True Story
Life and love with the world’s worst dog. Even if you saw the movie, read the book for way more mishaps this lovable dog gets into.

The Only True Genius in the Family
Jennie Nash
A father who is a world renowned photographer, his daughter who is a commercial photographer and his granddaughter who becomes a renowned painter. Claire discovers revelations about her father that change everything she believes about herself as a mother, a daughter and an artist.

Mark’s Story
Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Story of day before Jesus’ crucifixtion and the danger that early believers faced as they boldly proclaimed Him Christ the Lord.

The Quickie
James Patterson
A suspense thriller that will have you gasping out loud at nearly every page.

Any Way You Want Me
Lucy Diamond
Sadie needs to get a life – a new, exciting one, rather thatn her own, rather ordinary one…..

Robyn Harding
Freelance writer Beth Carruthers is invited to join a knitting circle. Her social life is pathetic, her romance is gone but knitting? Turns out learning to knit is fun and she makes some new friends with some pitfalls in between.

Anne Simpson
This book captures a family in free-fall after tragedy strikes. Set in Nova Scotia and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Middle Place
Kelly Corrigan
At 36, Kelly Corrigan has a marriage that works, two active kids and then a lump in her breast. During the time she fights cancer, her father also learns that he has late stage cancer. This is her true journey through that difficult period of her life.

Step Ball Change
Jeanne Ray
This novel explores what love and marriage mean across the years. Engagements, divorces, weddings and dancing all take place in this book.

Peace River Water
Mary Peters
True account of her life, especially after marriage with 14 children.

The Forgotten Garden
Kate Morton
A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book – a beautiful volume of fairy tales. This is her story of a search to find her identity.

Family Matters
Rohinton Mistry
Set in Bombay in the mid-1990’s, this books tells a story of familial love and obligation, of personal and political corruption, of the demand of tradition and the possibilities for compassion.

Say You’re One of Them
Uwem Akpan
A collection of five short stories set in Africa as seen from the eyes of children showing their wisdom and resilience.

Toni Morrison
Sethe. Proud and beautiful, she escaped from slavery but is haunted by its heritage. Set in rural Ohio several years after the Civil War.

Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
Kidnappers storm an international gathering hosted by a poor Latin American country to promote foreign trade. Unfortunately their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap.

A Million Little Pieces
James Frey
Six weeks in rehab after being an alcoholic and crack addict for ten years. ( I am told this is not the author’s true story but rather based on someone else going through treatment.)

The Pilot’s Wife
Anita Shreve
The husband is a pilot and his plane explodes near the coast of Ireland. Did he lead a secret life away from his wife?

Inside the Kingdom
Carmen Bin Laden
Carmen chronicles her nine years of married life in a puritanical, male-dominated community where”women are no more than house pets”.

Sister of My Heart
Chitra Banerjee
Cousins share a bond that is shattered when one of them learns a dark family secret.

Cold Mountain
Charles Frazier
A wounded Confederate soldier decides to walk to his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains and to Ada, the women he loved three years before. Better than the movie.

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