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2012 Books Read
List created by sakirose on May 2, 2012
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X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from ...
In this simultaneously hilarious and incisive “manifesto for a generation that’s never had much use for manifestos,” Gordinier suggests that for the first time since the “Smells Like Teen Spirit”breakthrough of the early 1990s, Gen X has what it takes to rescue American culture from a state of...  more


The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandl...
From the New York Times perfume critic, a stylish, fascinating, unprecedented insider's view of an industry and its charismatic characters No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume...  more


Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich
Americans are a “positive” people -- cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity.  In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind,...  more


The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it -- and themselves -- afloat. Fifty years and many...  more


Zone One by Colson Whitehead
In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under...  more


Solar by Ian McEwan
The literary event of the season: a new novel from Ian McEwan, as surprising as it is masterful. Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific...  more


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
?The end was near.? ?Voices from the Zombie War The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and...  more


Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter by Phoebe Damrosch
While Phoebe Damrosch was waiting for life to happen, she supported herself by working as a waitress. Before long she was the only female captain at the four-star New York City restaurant Per Se during its first year. Service Included is the story of her obsession with food, her love affair with...  more


Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Futu...
In Now or Never, the internationally acclaimed author of The Weather Makers returns to the subject of climate change with a book that is at once a forceful call to action and a deeply (and often surprisingly) pragmatic roadmap toward sustainability. Utilizing the most up-to-the-minute data...  more


The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished?  Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down? That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost...  more


Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Written with a delightfully dry sense of humour and the wisdom of a born storyteller, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand explores the risks one takes when pursuing happiness in the face of family obligation and tradition. When retired Major Pettigrew strikes up an unlikely friendship with...  more


Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
At the start of this edgy and ambitiously multilayered novel, a fashion model named Charlotte Swenson emerges from a car accident in her Illinois hometown with her face so badly shattered that it takes eighty titanium screws to reassemble it. She returns to New York still beautiful but oddly...  more


Lush Life by Richard Price
Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: One a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to hardship, its residents pushed to the edges of their time-honored turf. When a cocky young hipster is shot by a street kid from the 'other' Lower East Side, the crime ripples through every stratum...  more


The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America's Ol...
The Last Fish Tale shows how fishing is a disappearing way of like--how it thrived in and defined one particular town for centuries, and what its imperiled future means for the rest of the world. The culture of fishing is vanishing, and consequently, coastal societies are changing in...  more


The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
The high ideals and inevitable compromises of the 1960s form the background to this acclaimed novel. Phoebe O'Connor, eighteen years old in the summer of 1978, is too young to know the 1960s, but old enough to feel the anxiety of their influence. She is obsessed by the memory of her charismatic...  more


State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Ann Patchett has dazzled readers with her award-winning books, including The Magician's Assistant and the New York Times bestselling Bel Canto. Now she raises the bar with State of Wonder, a provocative and ambitious novel set deep in the Amazon jungle. Dr. Marina Singh, a research...  more


Angel Time (Songs of the Seraphim, Bk 1) by Anne Rice
From Publishers Weekly Full of provocative moral reflections, this kickoff to bestseller Rice's new Songs of the Seraphim religious romance series centers on hired assassin Toby O'Dare, a one-time aspirant to the priesthood until personal tragedy unmoored his life. Guardian angel...  more


Blueprints of the Afterlife by Ryan Boudinot
From the “wickedly talented? (Boston Globe) and “darkly funny? (New York Times Book Review) Ryan Boudinot, Blueprints of the Afterlife is a tour de force. It is the Afterlife. The end of the world is a distant, distorted memory called “the Age of F***ed Up Shit.? A sentient glacier has wiped...  more


Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad
A heart-stopping adventure that ends in tragedy and in triumphs, Crazy for the Storm is a love story that fearlessly explores the bond between a father and son and what it means to lead a life without limits.


The Postmortal: A Novel by Drew Magary
John Farrell is about to get "The Cure." Old age can never kill him now. The only problem is, everything else still can . . . Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes...  more


Canada by Richard Ford
"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later." Then fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before...  more


Gone for Good by Mark Childress
By the time Newsweek dubs thirty-four-year-old Ben (Superman) Willis "The New Super-Poet of Pop," he has millions of adoring fans, piles of money, a beautiful family--and a secret desire to chuck it all and disappear forever. He gets his wish after a violent storm, some wicked Mexican weed, and...  more


The Keep by Jennifer Egan
n Jennifer Egan's deliciously creepy new novel, two cousins reunite twenty years after a childhood prank gone wrong changed their lives and sent them on their separate ways. "Cousin Howie," the formerly uncool, strange, and pasty ("he looked like a guy the sun wouldn't touch") cousin has become...  more


The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman
Therapist Victoria Vick is contacted by a cryptic, unlikable man who insists his situation is unique and unfathomable. As he slowly reveals himself, Vick becomes convinced that he suffers from a complex set of delusions: Y__, as she refers to him, claims to be a scientist who has stolen cloaking...  more


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Bk 1...
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the...  more


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
When Margaret Lea opened the door to the past, what she confronted was her destiny. All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for...  more


The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Blind Assassin opens with these simple, resonant words: "Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge." They are spoken by Iris, whose terse account of her sister's death in 1945 is followed by an inquest report proclaiming the death accidental. But just as the...  more


The Fall (Strain, Bk 2) by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather -- head of the Centers for Disease Control's team -- leads a...  more


Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year- old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a...  more


Under the Banner of Heaven : A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some...  more


American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband?s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House?and the repercussions of a life lived, as she puts it, ?almost in opposition to itself.? A kind, bookish only child...  more


Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard
A fresh take on climate change by a renowned journalist driven to protect his daughter, your kids, and the next generation who?ll inherit the problem For twenty years, Mark Hertsgaard has investigated global warming for outlets including the?New Yorker, NPR, Time, Vanity Fair, and The Nation....  more


The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
From a luminous storyteller, a highly anticipated new novel about the American family writ large. Golden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises. His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated...  more


Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
?Eleanor Henderson is in possession of an enormous talent which she has matched up with skill, ambition, and a fierce imagination.  The resulting novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is the best thing I?ve read in a long time.? ?Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder A...  more


Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander MD
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then,...  more


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled ?quiet,? it...  more


The Magician King (Magician, Bk 2) by Lev Grossman
Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness...  more

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