Tuesday, 07 February 2012 16:02
Lauren B shares with us "what I loved this year":
Book of the Year for me is a tie between the elegant and affecting The Hare with the Amber Eyes and the rollicking and affecting The Wilder Life. Both books took me somewhere else and left much powerful emotion in their wake.
I Think I Love You by Allison Pearson. Spot-on re: teenage girls' sexuality and a really compassionate take on David Cassidy.
Cities of Salt by Abdulrahman Munif. A profound novel about the oil industry in Saudia Arabia and the destruction of the nomadic life. Everyone should read this.
Corrigan by Caroline Blackwood. Wicked, wicked novel.
Bossypants by Tina Fey. I read most of this in a public place, even though I was laughing so hard, I was practically hyperventilating.
I Saw Ramallah by Mourid Barghouti. Looking at the West Bank through the eyes of a Palestinian poet.
This Human Season by Louise Dean. Humane and thoughful novel about the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland in the 1980s.
The Love of My Youth by Mary Gordon. College sweethearts meet again as adults. If you are of a certain age, this book will move you.
Just Kids by Patti Smith. It took me two tries, but I was totally charmed. I adore her tender account of her younger self.
Sunday, 05 February 2012 22:40
Two terrific authors are coming to visit BookBalloon this month. Margot Livesey will be available to answer questions about her writing and talk about her newest book, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, this coming Friday and Saturday, February 10-11. Please join us in the Forum for this discussion.
Later this month, Sharon Kay Penman will be our guest. Her most recent book is Lionheart, the second volume of the Henry II trilogy. Sharon will be visiting with us on Wednesday and Thursday, February 15-16.
Sunday, 05 February 2012 00:00
Here's another best-of-2011 list from a BookBalloon member who claims to have had a slow reading year. If you enjoy biography or historical fiction, you'll find gold here:Nonfiction:
The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham: A Biography Selina Hastings
And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut Charles Shields
Revenge of the Saguaro Tom Miller
Pearl Buck in China Hilary Spurling
A Place of Greater Safety Hillary Mantel
Heir to the Glimmering World Cynthia Ozick
Lionheart Sharon Kay Penman
Monday, 30 January 2012 00:00
Sarah admits it's been a slow reading year for her -- she barely got through 120 books in 2011! Here are her favorites:Incendiary - Chris Cleave
The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
The Illumination - Kevin Brockmeier
Started Early, Took My Dog - Kate Atkinson
Inzanesville - Jo Ann Beard
Among Others - Jo Walton
The Snowman - Jo Nesbo
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 21:45
BookBalloon member Kat is notorious for enabling our book addiction. She offers her list of 2011 Best Books with no commentary, but take note: These are good 'uns.
Best Fiction Read in 2011
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Love Child by Sheila Kohler
Ghost Lights by Lydia Millett
The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
In the Season of the Daisies by Thomas Phelan
The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen
When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
Walking Naked by Nina Bawden
The Call by Yannick Murphy
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
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