18 for 10, 25 or 6 to 4

31 Dec

Ok, nobody asked me for my recap of the literature published in the past year. Plus I am a sworn enemy of the list as useful journalism. Nonetheless, I do have a collection of book titles which represent my favorites from this year, which expires in a few hours. Somebody may appreciate this, right?

Spooner -Pete Dexter (Doubleday)

Riding the Rim Tom McGuane (Knopf)

The Lillies of the Field– John LAwton (Grove)

The Sugar King of Havana -John Paul Rathbone (Viking)

Charlie Chan -Yuante Huang (Norton)

Create Dangerously Edwidge Danticat (Princeton University Press)

Freedom -Jonathan Franzen (FSG)

The Story about the Story – JC Hallman (Tin House)

At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene– Nat Hentoff (University of California Press)

In Search of Small Gods -Jim Harrison (Atlantic Monthly)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell(Random House)

What He’s Poised to Do-Ben Greenman (Harper Perennial)

Duke Ellington’s America -Harvey Cohen (University of Chicago Press),

Quotidiana– by Patrick Madden (University of Nebraska)

Beautiful Maria of My Soul-Oscar Hijuelos (Hyperion)

The Good Son -Michael Gruber (Henry Holt)

Paradise Built in Hell -Rebecca Solnit (Viking)

The Bridge -David Remnick (Knopf)

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