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Subject: NY Times Best Books of 2009 List is Out
Date Posted: 12/7/2009 11:37 AM ET
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Agree?  Disagree? 

The 10 Best Books of 2009

By THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

 

1.       BOTH WAYS IS THE ONLY WAY I WANT IT, By Maile Meloy

2.       CHRONIC CITY, By Jonathan Lethem

3.       A GATE AT THE STAIRS, By Lorrie Moore

4.       HALF BROKE HORSES: A True-Life Novel, By Jeannette Walls

5.       A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN, By Kate Walbert

6.       THE AGE OF WONDER: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, By Richard Holmes

7.       THE GOOD SOLDIERS, By David Finkel

8.       LIT: A Memoir, By Mary Karr

9.       LORDS OF FINANCE: The Bankers Who Broke the World, By Liaquat Ahamed

10.   RAYMOND CARVER: A Writer’s Life, By Carol Sklenicka

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 12:58 PM ET
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I can't wait to read Lethem's book!  I just love him.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:48 AM ET
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I disagree because I haven't read a single one of those. Plus, I don't think the NYT  so called bestsellerlist is worth a thing. 

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 10:43 AM ET
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 I haven't read any of them either. Can anyone recommend something on the list?

 

Alice

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 1:48 PM ET
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This doesn't have anything to do with their best seller list.  These are the books the editors of the Book Review Section think were best.



Last Edited on: 12/8/09 1:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:45 PM ET
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Yikes!  I haven't heard of any of them.  LOL

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 11:22 PM ET
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Half-Broke Horses is in the TBR pile.  I have never heard of the rest of them.

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 11:00 AM ET
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Haven't heard of even one of them.  And I see nothing on the list (either author or title name) to interest me even enough to google the books for more info.

Subject: Half Broke Horses
Date Posted: 12/9/2009 6:13 PM ET
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I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and it was just phenomenal. It was her story of growing up with very unusual parents. They move all over the United States, living in just crazy conditions. Her writing style is excellent. I'm eager to read her next book!

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 10:55 PM ET
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I've never heard of any of them.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 1:15 AM ET
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Another one that hasn't heard of any of them.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 11:09 AM ET
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I've heard of 2 and 3 but do not know a normal reader (non-critic) who raves about either one.

Date Posted: 12/10/2009 12:58 PM ET
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Jonathan Lethem is one of my very favorite writers.  I haven't read the new one (but it's on one of my challenge lists for 2010. Yipee.).  I just loved Girl in Landscape and Motherless Brooklyn.

Salon has also posted their year's best fiction and non-fiction lists. 

And of the decade.   So thrilled to see Kelly Link included.

Subject: Half Broke Horses
Date Posted: 12/18/2009 7:49 AM ET
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Jeanette Walls' Half Broke Horses is wonderful! It tells the story of Jeannette' s feisty grandmother, a truly awesome woman. (She is also the mother of Rosemary, the mother from Glass Castle. Read this new book to get some additional insights.)

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 12:16 PM ET
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I think the Intellegensia in New York live in their own rarefied world.  I don't often, if ever, care what they think is important.  They wouldn't last a day if the cell towers all went dead for good, LOL. 

Having said that, I get some good book tips from the New York times review of books, but it is only a few a year and usually non-fiction. 

I used to get a magazine that went out of business called simply, Books.  It was a much better, well rounded source of critique and reflection on writers and their craft and usually the books that actually ended up getting published.

I have read reviews of 5 of the books on the list, but only have three that I would buy or request

A GATE AT THE STAIRS, By Lorrie Moore,    HALF BROKE HORSES: A True-Life Novel, By Jeannette Walls

A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN, By Kate Walbert

Date Posted: 12/19/2009 5:12 PM ET
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Never heard of Meloy, Moore or Carver? Do you guys live under a rock? lol. 

Date Posted: 12/23/2009 10:54 AM ET
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Never heard of Meloy, Moore or Carver? Do you guys live under a rock? lol.

Raymond Carver is back in 2009?  I think we were talking about the titles not the authors.

Date Posted: 12/25/2009 4:06 PM ET
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the only one of those i've heard of is mary karr's book. clearly i live under a rock or something.