Sunday, April 04, 2010

Best of 2010, Update 15

Happy Easter everyone. Here's hoping that everyone who observes this particular religious holiday has a nice day wherever you might be. It's a very overcast day in Houston, and here in the north part of the county a light drizzle has been falling all morning. I'm still in "nurse mode" and staying with my father while he recovers from his surgery, but we are going to have lunch with the whole family this afternoon and that will brighten the day.

I have read three novels since my last update of the Top 10 lists but none of them will make a big (nor, I suspect, a long) impact on the list. In fact, one of them will not hit the list at all.

So this is what the fiction list looks like after 27 fiction books read:
1. Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (novel)
2. Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes (Vietnam War novel)
3. The Calligrapher's Daughter - Eugenia Kim (novel)
4. Remarkable Creatures - Tracy Chevalier (historical fiction)
5. A Fair Maiden - Joyce Carol Oates (novel)
6. The Samaritan's Secret - Matt Beynon Rees (detective fiction)
7. Homer & Langley - E.L. Doctorow (novel)
8. The Man from Saigon - Marti Leimbach (Vietnam War novel)
9. Lay Down My Sword and Shield - James Lee Burke (1971 novel)
10. Blind Submission - Debra Ginsberg (novel)
Numbers 8 and 9 are additions to the fiction list.

And the nonfiction list remains a Top 9 for now:
1. Lies My Mother Never Told Me - Kaylie Jones (memoir)
2. Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley & Eddie Dean (biography)
3. The Opposite Field - Jesse Katz - (memoir)
4. The Tennis Partner - Abraham Verghese (1998 memoir)
5. Game Change - John Heilemann & Mark Halperin (political nonfiction)
6. Top of the Order - Sean Manning, Ed. (baseball essays)
7. Goosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood - Joyce Dyer (memoir)
8. Never Tell Our Business to Strangers - Jennifer Mascia (memoir)
9. Highest Duty - Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (memoir)

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