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Books of the Month – January 2012

I just loved Just My Type, a thoroughly enjoyable romp through fonts and typefaces.

I also liked two family stories:

  • The Boy in the Moon, the true and heartbreaking story of a severely handicapped boy and his dad’s quest to take care of him.
  • We The Animals, a tight, harsh novel about three boys growing up with flawed parents, but parents who love them very much

and finally I recommend Poor Economics, a clinical look at how poor people behave with their finances — just like not-so-poor people, it turns out, minus the cushion of cash in the bank, which means any mistake can be fatal.

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Books of the Month – December 2011

You all knew that 1Q84 was going to make it to this month’s list, since I already named it my book of the year, and potentially of the decade!Yes, it’s 900 pages long, yes, it’s fantasy, yes, it’s translated — and I loved it anyway.

The Buddha in the Attic is another favorite, with its delicate, evocative stories of Japanese picture brides in California.

I also liked Blood, Bones & Butter, an unconventional chef’s memoir, and Love and Shame and Love, a family saga that reads like a memoir.

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Books of the Month – November 2011

This month, I loved

The Family Fang, with its oddball set of characters and twisting plot

and I also liked
Maphead, an entertaining look at geography and those who love it maybe a little too much
Turn of Mind, a chilling tale of murder together with a stunning portrait of an Alzheimer’s victim
Willpower, a fun but learned discussion of self-discipline and why it’s so hard to resist chocolate (or your favorite treat) when tired or upset

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Books of the Month – October 2011

This month, I loved:

  • Mice, a delightful, unpretentious little British mystery where murder becomes redemption
  • Wendy and the Lost Boys, the sad biography of a complicated, lonely woman who seemed to be all success and fun
  • Incognito, a celebration of our unconscious, or why our conscious, hard-working brain is not the star of the show

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So I have terrible taste

I did not care for Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s book and now she went and won herself a Nobel Peace Prize… How indelicate of me!

At least Stephanie Meyer did not win the Nobel Prize for literature. That would really bum me out.

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Books of the Month – September 2011

It’s always a little difficult to choose books for the Books of the Month post,often simply because there are many good ones and surprisingly often because I simply forget the ones I read early in the month…  Having refreshed my own memory by re-reading earlier posts, I recommend these four:

 

 

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Books of the Month – July 2011

I guess I’ve been in a vacation mood this summer…  as I realize I simply forgot to post the “Books of the Month” for July…  and that’s not because the July reading list was disappointing. I found several gems including

  • Little Bee, the stunningly told story of a Nigerian would-be refugee in the UK (don’t be put off by the grim subject matter, the first chapter is just about perfect)
  • Art and Madness, a sobering memoir of life as a wife who should have a brilliant career of her own but cannot because it’s the sixties

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