looking back

looking back as i do every once in a while, here’s the best fiction and non-fiction i’ve read since i started here at the public library.

the best fiction:
Infinite Jest / Wallace, David Foster
True History of the Kelly Gang / Carey, Peter
Gilead and Housekeeping / Robinson, Marilynne
Cloudsplitter / Banks, Russell
St. Lucy’s home for girls raised by wolves / Russell, Karen
The music room / McFarland, Dennis
Atticus / Hansen, Ron
Cloud atlas / Mitchell, David
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell / Clarke, Susanna

the better fiction:
Fallen and The Preservationist / Maine, David
Ellen Foster / Gibbons, Kaye
Oblivion / Wallace, David Foster
Ordinary wolves / Kantner, Seth
The Known World / Jones, Edward P.
Never Let Me Go / Ishiguro, Kazuo
Ursula, under / Hill, Ingrid

the best non-fiction:
The year of magical thinking / Didion, Joan
Parting the waters: America in the King years, 1954-1963 / Branch, Taylor
Team of rivals: the political genius of Abraham Lincoln / Goodwin, Doris Kearns
The spirit catches you and you fall down: a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures / Fadiman, Anne

the better non-fiction:
The orchid thief / Orlean, Susan
Salt: a world history / Kurlansky, Mark
The right stuff / Wolfe, Tom
The Working poor: invisible in America / Shipler, David K.


i got tagged:

four jobs i’ve had in my life:
– burger serf
– night janitor at the multiplex (all the free fountain coke i could drink)
– the boy who sent rebate checks to national franchisees that agreed to sell snapple brand beverages
– reference librarian

four movies i can watch o’er and o’er:
– west side story
– mary poppins
– the remains of the day
– rushmore

four places i have lived:
– detroit, mi
– chicago, il
– columbus, oh
– ferndale, mi

four tv shows i love to watch:
– i watch no tv. how about a substitute four?

four tops:
– levi stubbs
– abdul “duke” fakir
– renaldo “obie” benson
– lawrence payton

four places i have been on vacation:
– sedona, az
– st. lucia, west indies
– ludington, mi
– northern wisconsin

four of my favorite dishes:
– blackberry pudding
– chicken and dumplings
– lasagna
– this sausage/bread breakfast thing sara g. makes, what’s that called?

four websites i visit daily:
sting the bee
the new york times

four places i would rather be:
– columbus, oh
– anse chastanet, st. lucia
– mishe mokwa, harbor springs
– in bed with a book and my baby

four bloggers i tag:
bob f.
teddy d.
dan f.