Books Worth Reading
The Best of the Book Lists 2012 |
Just picked up her book Wolf Hall at the library this afternoon. So excited!
The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death, but it is a deeply compelling and satisfying novel, hilarious and fearless and as original as anything Wallace ever undertook. It grapples directly with ultimate questions--questions of life's meaning and of the value of work and society--through characters imagined with the interior force and generosity that were Wallace's unique gifts.
Pulitzer Finalist: The Pale King
Pulitzer Finalist: Train Dreams: A Novella
Out in November. Cannot. Wait.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake - Anna Quindlen: I found this book repetitive, boring and all over the place. Maybe I am a bit young for this book, I could probably read it again in about 20 years, but still, I will have nothing in common with the author, we are from completely different generations and I don't think I will ever relate to her. ☆☆☆
a phenomenal book about a girl who grew up in the foster care system…one of the homes she lived in she learned of the language of flowers from the Victorian age. When she aged out of the foster care system, she was homeless, and landed a job in a floral shop and used her skills which helps her work through her past.
In the 1680s the slave trade in the Americas is still in its infancy. Despite his distaste for dealing in “flesh,” Jacob Vaark takes Florens, a small slave girl, in part payment for a bad debt from a plantation owner in Maryland. Rejected by her mother, Florens looks for love, first from Lina, an older servant woman at her new master's house, and later from the handsome blacksmith, an African, never enslaved, who comes riding into their lives. HD
a classical coming-of-age story, pure, unsensationalized, quietly profound—Eilis Lacey, unable to find suitable employment in small-town, post-World War II Ireland, ships off to Brooklyn for the promise of a job in a clothing shop, a room in an Irish-only boardinghouse, and the part-time friendship of her sponsor, the charismatic and persuasive Father Flood. In America Eilis discovers all manner of things unimaginable to those she leaves behind in Enniscorthy: Coney Island, Ebbets Field, heat...