Saturday, July 12, 2008

Books Read in 2008

Current Total: 180

You Must Read This Book (Grownup):
*So Many Ways to Begin by Jon McGregor
*Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson
*Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
*Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
*For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
*My Mistress's Sparrow is Dead edited by Jeffrey Eugenides
*The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
*A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
*The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

You Must Read This Book (Kid):
*The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
*Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz
*Sounder by William Armstrong
*The Giver by Lois Lowry
*Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
*Crispin by Avi
*Holes by Louis Sachar
*Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
*The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
*Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
*Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
*The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
*Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
*Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
*Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Thoughtful, Well-Written Reads (Grownup):
*Sundays in America by Suzanne Shremper Shea
*Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
*A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz
*The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
*The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
*Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
*Relentless Pursuit by Donna Foote
*The Mammy by Brenden O'Carroll

Thoughtful, Well-Written Reads (Kid):
*Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
*Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle
*A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
*Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
*The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
*Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
*Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
*Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Disappointments (Grownup):
*Shortcomings by Adrien Tamine
*Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
*The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb
*Blood by Patricia Traxler
*Genius Denied by Jan and Bob Davidson
*Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates
*Underground by Haruki Murakami

Disappointments (Kid):
*Hitty by Rachel Field
*Daniel Boone by James Daugherty
*Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
*The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes
*The Story of Mankind by Hendrik VanLoon


  1. I recently read your post about Irène Némirovsky and wanted to let you know about an exciting new exhibition about her life, work, and legacy that will open on September 24, 2008 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage —A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. Woman of Letters: Irène Némirovsky and Suite Française, which will run through the middle of March, will include powerful rare artifacts — the actual handwritten manuscript for Suite Française, the valise in which it was found, and many personal papers and family photos. The majority of these documents and artifacts have never been outside of France. For fans of her work, this exhibition is an opportunity to really “get to know” Irene. And for those who can’t visit, there will be a special website that will live on the Museum’s site
    The Museum will host several public programs over the course of the exhibition’s run that will put Némirovsky’s work and life into historical and literary context. Book clubs and groups are invited to the Museum for tours and discussions in the exhibition’s adjacent Salon (by appointment). It is the Museum’s hope that the exhibit will engage visitors and promote dialogue about this extraordinary writer and the complex time in which she lived and died. Please visit our website at for up-to-date information about upcoming public programs or to join our e-bulletin list.

    Thanks for sharing this info with your readers. Let me know if you need any more.

    -Elizabeth Sinnreich (

  2. Thank you for the information about the exhibition. I am a fan as is my brother. I will share this with him, too.


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