“Broken for You” by Stephanie Kallos

Kallos, Stephanie. Broken for You   New York: Grove Press, 2004   ISBN 0-8021-1779-1    Blackstone Audiobooks   Narrated by Anna Fields Recommended Margaret Hughes, age 75, has just learned that she has a brain tumor. Margaret lives alone in a vast mansion in the most upscale part of Seattle. Her only companions are the …

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“The Year of Magical Thinking” by Joan Didion

Didion, Joan. The Year of Magical ThinkingNew York: Knopf, 2005ISBN 1-4000-4314-X HighBridge Audio, narrated by Barbara Caruso Highly Recommended On the evening of December 30, 2003, Joan Didion’s husband of 40 years, John Gregory Dunne, sat down to dinner in their apartment in New York City. Didion and Dunne had just come home from visiting their …

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“Truth and Beauty” by Ann Patchett

Patchett, Ann. Truth and Beauty: A FriendshipNew York: HarperCollins, 2004ISBN 0-06-057214-0 Harper Audio, narrated by Ann Patchett Ann Patchett and Lucy Grealy both attended college at Sarah Lawrence at the same time, although they were not friends there. Ann tells us that at Sarah Lawrence everyone–students and faculty–knew Lucy as a tremendously talented poet. Everyone also knew …

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“Forgive for Good” by Fred Luskin

Luskin, Fred. Forgive for GoodSan Francisco: HarperCollins, 2002Trade paperback, 240 pagesISBN 0-06-251721-X Highly Recommended This book changed my life. Extensive research has shown that forgiveness is good for us, both physically and emotionally. We can understand this intellectually. But, as most of us also know, it’s much harder to find forgiveness in our hearts. I …

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“An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England” by Brock Clarke

Clarke, Brock. An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England: A Novel Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 2007  ISBN 978-1-56512-551-3  Random House Audio, narrated by Daniel Passer This quirky novel is about stories–the stories we tell about our lives and about ourselves, and the stories we tell to others and to ourselves. The story’s narrator is …

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“The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett

Follett, Ken. The Pillars of the Earth   New York: Morrow, 1989  Penguin Audiobooks, narrated by John Lee Highly recommended “It’s a truism of the book business that the best advertising is the kind you can’t buy: the personal recommendation of one reader to another,” says Ken Follett in the preface to the recently rereleased …

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The Best Books I Read in 2006

Listed alphabetically by author Atkinson, Kate. Case Histories Auster, Paul. Oracle Night Auster, Paul. The Book of Illusions Harwood, John. The Ghost Writer Lipton, Bruce. The Biology of Belief Phillips, Arthur. The Egyptologist Picoult, Jodi. Plain Truth Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale Walls, Jeannette. The Glass Castle

The Best Books I Read in 2005

Listed alphabetically by author Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake Frankl, Viktor E. Man’s Search for Meaning Gross, Joel. The Lives of Rachel Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner Krakauer, Jon. Under the Banner of Heaven Shriver, Lionel. We Need to Talk about Kevin Tartt, Donna. The Secret History Turow, Scott. Ordinary Heroes Wharton, Edith. The House …

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The Best Books I Read in 2004

Listed alphabetically by author Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections Goodman, Carol. The Seduction of Water Gross, Joel. The Books of Rachel Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haruf, Kent. Eventide Hoffman, Alice. Blue Diary Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City Niffenegger, …

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“3000 Degrees” by Sean Flynn

Flynn, Sean. 3000 Degrees Warner, 2002Hardcover, 245 pagesISBN 0-446-52831-5 Recommended On December 3, 1999, six firemen died fighting a fire in an abandoned storage warehouse in Worcester, Massachusetts. 3000 Degrees tells the story of that fire, of the six who died and their families, and of several Worcester firefighters who survived that night. Like Sebastian Junger …

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