Thursday, May 06, 2010

Best of 2010, Update 17

Things have settled down here a bit - but the planned estate sale is scheduled for early Saturday morning so it will be a fairly hectic weekend. I'm hoping that we have my dad's house pretty much emptied out by the end of the weekend so that I can arrange for it to be cleaned and otherwise readied for the sales market. Wish us luck...

Up for consideration this time around are two novels and one piece of non-fiction. I'm going to place One Last Thing to Do before I Die on the list at number 10 but The Malthusian Catastrophe does not quite make the cut. The nonfiction book, A Time to Betray, will move onto the nonfiction list at number 8.

So this is what the fiction list looks like after 33 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. Drood - Dan Simmons (historical fiction)
6. A Fair Maiden - Joyce Carol Oates (novel)
7. The Samaritan's Secret - Matt Beynon Rees (detective fiction)
8. Homer & Langley - E.L. Doctorow (novel)
9. The Man from Saigon - Marti Leimbach (Vietnam War novel)
10. One Last Thing to Do Before I Die - Steven Drew Goldberg (comic novel)

And the nonfiction list from a total of 11 read so far this year:
1. Lies My Mother Never Told Me - Kaylie Jones (memoir)
2. Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley & Eddie Dean (biography)
3. Jane's Fame - Claire Harman (on the evolution of Jane Austen's reputation)
4. The Opposite Field - Jesse Katz - (memoir)
5. The Tennis Partner - Abraham Verghese (1998 memoir)
6. Game Change - John Heilemann & Mark Halperin (political nonfiction)
7. Top of the Order - Sean Manning, Ed. (baseball essays)
8. A Time to Betray - Reza Kahlili (memoir of Iranian CIA agent)
9. Goosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood - Joyce Dyer (memoir)
10. Never Tell Our Business to Strangers - Jennifer Mascia (memoir)

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