Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 ALA Notable Books

The ALA has announced its Notable Books for 2010:


The Convalescent, by Jessica Anthony

The Year of the Flood, by Margaret Atwood

The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker

Await Your Reply, by Dan Chaon

Little Bee, by Chris Cleave

Spooner, by Pete Dexter

Tinkers, by Paul Harding

The Vagrants, by Yiyun Li

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

A Mercy, by Toni Morrison

Generosity: An Enhancement, by Richard Powers

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin


Columbine, by Dave Cullen

Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers

The Good Soldiers, by David Finkel

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann

The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders, by Emmanuel Guibert

The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, by Richard Holmes

Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld & the American Dream, by Patrick Radden Keefe

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall

Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath, by Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman

Provenance: How a Con Man & a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art, by Lainey Salisbury and Sujo Aly

Stitches: A Memoir, by David Small

The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War, by Nicholas Thompson


gm said...

Cullen , who first reported on the story for the online magazine Salon, acknowledges in the book's source notes that thoughts he attributes to Klebold and Harris are conjecture gleaned from the record the pair left behind.

Jeff Kass takes a more straightforward approach in "Columbine: A True Crime Story," working backward from the events of the fateful day.
The Denver Post

Mr. Cullen insists that the killers enjoyed "far more friends than the average adolescent," with Harris in particular being a regular Casanova who "on the ultimate high school scorecard . . . outscored much of the football team." The author's footnotes do not reveal how he knows this; when I asked him about it while preparing this review, Mr. Cullen said he did not necessarily mean to imply that Harris was sexually active. But what else would such words mean?

"Eric and Dylan never had any girlfriends," the more sober Mr. Kass writes, and were "probably virgins upon death."
Wall Street Journal

Dave Cullen said...

Thanks for the shout-out on my book, Columbine. It was really an honor to get this one.

Cate said...

Hey, I'm Cate, and I saw your blog over at the Saturday Network!

This list makes me want to head over to the library; I don't think I've read any of these. I'm loooking forward to it! :)

Wendy said...

Hey Cate - thanks for stopping by!

Miss Remmers said...

I really need to expand my reading list! :)

I have an award for you: