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Books read in 2010

A. Wallace
The list author says: "Just a list of the books I've read or am reading this year. Many of them are from my book club, which is made up of mothers, as in maternal units."
The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel
The Enchantress of Florence: A Novel
"Lush, lush Rushdie.  See my review in the Linguaglossa17 blog."
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
"Masters of escape, marvels of imagery"
The History of Love
The History of Love
"Sometimes tormented people are funny.  I liked this."
The Jam Jar Lifeboat and Other Novelties Exposed
The Jam Jar Lifeboat and Other Novelties Exposed
"Kay Ryan loves jam - and Ripley's Believe it or Not"
A Thousand Splendid Suns
A Thousand Splendid Suns
"No one has ever reminded me more beautifully that I am so glad not to have been born an Afghani woman."
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
"An intriguing, well-written, Barcelona-based thriller for bibliophiles.  Takes place in post-Civil War Spain."
The Help
The Help
"I had to get past cringing at a white woman writing po' black woman dialogue, but once I did, I enjoyed this."
The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes
The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes
"There but for the grace of God..  Ms. Davenport writes beautifully about raising her severely disabled and mentally ill son."
A Collection of Essays
A Collection of Essays
"Watch George Orwell rip Charles Dickens a new one! Gape as he puts Rudyard Kipling into well-needed perspective!  Just kidding.  These are amazing.  I love how he rails against the irresponsibility and selfishness of the "new monied class of the 19th century" - they sound just like today's tea baggers.  His prose, unlike mine, is impeccable."
A Poetry Handbook
A Poetry Handbook
"Great little primer with examples"
Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions
Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey Into Seeing in Three Dimensions
"Written by a strabismic neurobiologist, it gives hope for those of us who would like to see depth.  Optometrists with this specialty are not widely available, & the problem is still either ignored or referred to opthamologists who just want to perform surgery, which doesn't correct the depth perception problem. Visit the book's website for links to optometrists trained to help strabismics."
Great Ideas Travels in the Land of Kublilai Khan (Penguin Great Ideas)
Great Ideas Travels in the Land of Kublilai Khan (Penguin Great Ideas)
"Marco Polo reveals the masterful bureaucratic planning behind the Mongol empire's success.  Fascinating descriptions of an ecumenical court, falconry, mastiff bands, local customs."
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
"Good middle-school-level entree to the issues surrounding the U.S. internment of Japanese immigrant families during WWII.  See my Amazon review for details."
Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
"Novel which explores French collaboration with the Nazis in WWII.  See my Amazon review."
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
"Can you handle and uppity toilet cleaner? My Amazon review is here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R37P92RFJJKQKG/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm"