Books I've Read 2010, v.2

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The Sonnets: A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text (Penguin Classics)
1.  The Sonnets: A Dual-Language Edition with Parallel Text (Penguin Classics) by Jorge Luis Borges
The list author says:
  "I'm so glad Penguin is doing all these new editions of Borges.  Here we have his more formal poems from throughout his career.  All Borges is great stuff."
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Classics for Pleasure (Harvest Book)
2.  Classics for Pleasure (Harvest Book) by Michael Dirda
The list author says:
  "This man loves books the way books were meant to be loved.  His classics are not always the ones you were expecting, but he talks them up in such an easy, enjoyable way that you finish this book with a long list of others to read.  Reading is fun, remember."
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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel
3.  The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender
The list author says:
  "Probably Bender's weakest so far, though still very strong by other standards.  The unreal quality of her other writing takes a while to sneak up in this novel, but it's there."
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The Vicious Circle: Mystery and Crime Stories by Members of the Algonquin Round Table
4.  The Vicious Circle: Mystery and Crime Stories by Members of the Algonquin Round Table by Otto Penzler
The list author says:
  "A fun, if uneven, collection of crime stories from the writers of the Algonquin Roundtable. Many lighthearted stories, then the depressing "Big Blonde," then several stories from S. J. Perelman who wasn't even part of the Roundtable."
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On Being Ill
5.  On Being Ill by Virginia Woolf
The list author says:
  "A strange rambly little essay which brings up a good point:  Why doesn't literature explore human beings in times of sickness more?  Maybe it will, now."
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Seven Nights (Revised Edition) (New Directions Paperbook)
6.  Seven Nights (Revised Edition) (New Directions Paperbook) by Jorge Luis Borges
The list author says:
  "I didn't think it was possible to love Borges more.  Released from all chains, the master talks at length about whatever he pleases, which naturally takes the form of his favorite books and other curiosities.  Borges is at heart a fan, and in this collection of speeches he tells us why he loves what he loves, and makes us love it too."
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Imaginary Lives (Solar Nocturnal 3)
7.  Imaginary Lives (Solar Nocturnal 3) by Marcel Schwob
The list author says:
  "This strange, beautifully written book was an influence on Borges.  Characters (sometimes apocryphal) from history have their stories told in a striking style which I haven't quite seen elsewhere.  Find this book, it's worth it!"
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There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales
8.  There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
The list author says:
  "Very Russian modern folktales.  Many gems throughout."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

City of Thieves: A Novel
9.  City of Thieves: A Novel by David Benioff
The list author says:
  "This book reads just like watching a movie.  It's up to you to decide if that's a good thing or not."
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This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)
10.  This Craft of Verse (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) by Jorge Luis Borges
The list author says:
  "More Borges lectures in the same vein as Seven Nights."
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Audition
11.  Audition by Ryu Maurakami
The list author says:
  "Didn't think I could stomach the movie so I read the book.  The prose style never quite reaches literary quality, and the story which has a great tension fails to really sustain it through the rushed ending."
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Beanworld Book 1: Wahoolazuma! (Larry Marder's Beanworld)
12.  Beanworld Book 1: Wahoolazuma! (Larry Marder's Beanworld) by Larry Marder
The list author says:
  "What a weird little comic book.  A wildly inventive world which may or may not take itself very seriously.  I've not been so perplexed as to an author's goals since Two Serious Ladies (see 2009, v.2)"
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The Emigrants
13.  The Emigrants by Michael Hulse
The list author says:
  "4 stories of Europeans in exile, each lightly touched by the Holocaust, interspersed with photographs.  Sebald's pacing is very slow; it takes some getting used to.  Strange resonances abound."
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Temperance
14.  Temperance by Cathy Malkasian
The list author says:
  "Malkasian's worlds are visually stunning and overall delightful.  Her prose style is simple but quirky, yet extremely precise.  This one wasn't as good as Percy Gloom, but I still can't wait for more."
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The Fatal Bullet: The Assassination of President James A. Garfield (A Treasury of Victorian Murder)
15.  The Fatal Bullet: The Assassination of President James A. Garfield (A Treasury of Victorian Murder) by Rick Geary
The list author says:
  "Surprisingly one of my favorite graphic novels ever.  The parallel life stories of President James Garfield and his assassin told in such a perfectly paced, exact manner.  I can't describe how perfectly this book is executed, in terms of illustration, events highlighted, comparisons drawn.  Read it, it will surprise you."
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Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel
16.  Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel by Hans Keilson
The list author says:
  "You're hiding a Jew in WWII, and he dies.  What do you do with the body?  This story has built-in tension and interest, and the author takes it and makes it even more tense and exciting, all in a very brief space."
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Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary
17.  Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary by David Sedaris
The list author says:
  "Prepare to recognize yourself and your friends and coworkers in these fables about animals which are really portraits of annoying people."
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2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (433 customer reviews)

The Irrationalist
18.  The Irrationalist by Suzanne Buffam
The list author says:
  "Short, stunning poems.  Each word carefully chosen, perfectly placed.  Here's one titled "On Evolution"

"Place your face
Into your hands.
A perfect fit!"

Possibly the most depressing poem ever."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Pedro Paramo (Idiomas Y Literatura) (Spanish Edition)
19.  Pedro Paramo (Idiomas Y Literatura) (Spanish Edition) by Juan Rulfo
The list author says:
  "Influential, inventive, beautifully written.  It's easy to read and reread, and each rereading reveals something new.  A town full of ghosts speaks the story of the man who brought the town to ruin."
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Cradle Book: Stories and Fables
20.  Cradle Book: Stories and Fables by Craig Morgan Teicher
The list author says:
  "Little fables.  Not real impressive."
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God Jr.
21.  God Jr. by Dennis Cooper
The list author says:
  "A man mourning his son builds a replica of a sketch by his son of a scene from a video game.  An interesting portrayal of grief through the building of monuments and the playing of games."
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A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library)
22.  A Handful of Dust (Everyman's Library) by Evelyn Waugh
The list author says:
  "Waugh at his most hilariously cruel.  This book is like no other--terrible things happen, weird unexpected plot twists occur, and it's all so so so funny."
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The Fall
23.  The Fall by Albert Camus
The list author says:
  "I love The Plague and The Stranger, but I'm surprised to say I hated this one.  I know we're supposed to hate the protagonist, but I wasn't even interested in him.  A sick, broken man rambling his twisted philosophy--it was done much better in Notes from Underground."
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The Third Elevator
24.  The Third Elevator 
The list author says:
  "Tiny little book done for charity by Bender.  I'll have to read it again--it's a lovely little story full of odd connections and characters, but where is it going, I'm not sure."
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I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood
25.  I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood by Dave Barry
The list author says:
  "Dave Barry is still a funny funny man.  The standout of this collection is his retelling of his colonoscopy adventure."
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Letter To A Man In The Fire: Does God Exist And Does He Care
26.  Letter To A Man In The Fire: Does God Exist And Does He Care by Reynolds Price
The list author says:
  "Price ruminates on the existence of God to a dying medical student.  Brave stuff.  Price confronts difficult questions head-on and comes away with his faith intact."
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Bonsai (The Contemporary Art of the Novella)
27.  Bonsai (The Contemporary Art of the Novella) by Alejandro Zambra
The list author says:
  "Brilliant novella.  It's hard to describe the story or the strange beauty of the writing.  I suppose it's the story of how a woman's death echoes through the past and present life of a man who once loved her."
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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
28.  Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron
The list author says:
  "A courageous, fascinating memoir of depression by a man who overcame it."
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The Private Lives of Trees
29.  The Private Lives of Trees by Alejandro Zambra
The list author says:
  "When she returns, the story will end.  A short novel of one night, a man waiting for his wife to come home (or not), and evaluating his life.  Beautiful writing--I can't wait to see more from this author."
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