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Favorite Books for 2017

I have now dropped the designation of 10 favorite books for the year as I usually have a larger number. This year I chose 11 of the 50 books I read. Four on my favorites list were among the ten books by Australians. As always these are books that I read this year, not necessarily published in 2017.  The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton. I found this audiobook so appealing that I...

10 Favorite Books for 2016, Well, ok, it’s 11

These are my favorites of the books I read in 2016. I read 50 books this year and 11 were by Australian writers. My initial list of favorites began with 17 titles and it was painful to reduce it to 11.  The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. Whenever I read my post about this book again, I am flooded with respect for this writer and with memories of the searing artistry of this book...

10 Favorite Books for 2015

These are my my favorites of the books I read in 2015. I read a total of 48 books in 2015 and seven were by Australian authors. No. 4 Imperial Lane by Jonathan Weisman. This is the first novel for this political reporter for the New York Times, but you cannot tell it is a debut work. There are multiple plot lines and multiple settings in time and place, none of which was the present. The...

10 Favorite Books for in 2014

These are books I've read in 2014, not necessarily published this year. I read 47 books this year, of which 16 were by Australian authors.  The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis.  A successful and revered Israeli government minister flees with his young mistress when their affair is uncovered. They return to Russia where each grew up and land by chance in the household of the man who...

10 Favorite Books from 2013: Oops, it’s 11

Another year of wonderful books, requiring some painful choices to create this list. It's noteworthy that of the eleven books, four are Australian, the same number as last year.    A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. The author, a young man from Washington, DC, has written a complex and emotionally satisfying book set in Chechnya. The story occurs in 2004, but...

10 Favorite Books for 2012, but if you count them, you’ll see 12

It had to be 12, so you know this was a very good year.  And I regret not including Etgar Keret's book. Montana, 1948 by Larry Watson.  The author makes the time and place come alive with a magical intensity. The narrator, now in his 50s, tells the story of events which occurred when he was 12 involving anguishing decisions his father made that were heroic.  His father was a...

10 Favorite Books from 2011

These are books I read in 2011, not necessarily published this year.  What a great year of books this was for me. An Object of Beauty.  Steve Martin's second novel, a well-crafted book with a fun setting (the art market at the Sotheby level), and intriguing characters.   The central figure is Lacey who never hesitates to do whatever it takes to further her career. Wolf...

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