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CollectionsYour library (692), Wishlist (31), All collections (719)

Reviews19 reviews

TagsEuropean Literature (74), American fiction (55), Memoir (45), American Literature (42), Read in 2017 (40), Birds (27), Wishlist (25), Scandinavian Literature (23), favorites (21), non-fiction (20) — see all tags

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About meI am drawn to reading globally, different times, different places. I love multi generational fiction,a good memoir,and literature dealing with the immigration/exile experience.

About my libraryMy library is a log of the books I have read, more or less recently,in the last 10 years or so. They include the books that I have kept track of plus some very favorite books I could never forget. I also have a few wishlist books.

Favorite Books of 2106:

Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968 Heda Kovaly
Too Late the Phalarope Alan Paton
An Unnecessary Woman Rabih Alameddine
Fifth Business Robertson Davies
In Other Words Jhumpa Lahiri
And After Many Days Jawor Ile
Expedition to the Baobob Tree Wilma Stockenstrom
In an Antique Land Amitov Ghosh
We are Called to Rise Laura McBride
Brother I'm Dying Edwige Danticat

26/78 translated,

Here are some of my favorite books of 2015: great writing, narrative, the whole shebang:
Arctic Summer Damon Galgut
The Waitress was New Dominique Fabre
In a Strange Room Damon Galgut
To Each His Own Leonardo Sciascia
The Emporer's Tomb Joseph Roth
The Carpenter's Pencil Manuel Rivas
All the Living C.E. Morgan
A Distant Shore Caryl Phillips
Independent People Halldor Laxness
The Fishermen Chigozie Obioma
A Discreet Hero Mario Vargas Llosa
Galore Michael Crummy
The Sojourn Andrew Krivak

Non Fiction:
Train in Winter Caroline Moorehead
Beak of the FinchJonathan Weiner
In the Heart of the Sea Nathaniel Philbrook

Top reads for 2014 that really stood out for me:

The Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers. By Xiaolu Guo
The Emigrants W.G.Sebald
Continental Drift by Russell Banks
To Live. By Yu Hua
White Masks Elias Khoury
Wild Swans. Jung Chang
We all Need New Names. No Violet Bulawayo
Open City. Teju Cole
Stoner. By John Williams
Medea and Her Children. Ludmila Ulitskaya
Christ Stopped at Eboli. Carlo Levi
Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Anthony Marra
Tomorrow in the Battle Think of Me. Javier Marias
Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. By Jeff Hobbs
The Sand Child. Tahar Ben Jelloun

Best reads 2013:

Portrait of a Turkish Family. By Irfan Orga
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
My Father's Paradise by Ariel Sabar
Siege of Krishnapour by J.G. Farrell
Lightning. By Jean Echenoz
The Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun
Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Paris Wife by Paula McLaine
Sorry By Gail Jones
Gift of Rain By Tan Twan Eng
Paradise By Abdelrazak Gurnah
This is how you Lose Her by Junot Diaz

14/40 translated

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2015, 75 Books Challenge for 2016, Birds, Birding & Books, Reading Globally, Swedish Thing

Favorite authorsLeila Aboulela, Andrea Barrett, Louis De Bernières, Wayson Choy, John Crowley, Junot Díaz, Per Olov Enquist, Damon Galgut, Amitav Ghosh, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Peter Hessler, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Ha Jin, Nicole Krauss, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edward J. Larson, Barry Lopez, Federico García Lorca, Sándor Márai, Gabriel García Márquez, Michael Ondaatje, Orhan Pamuk, Nathaniel Philbrook, Caryl Phillips, Joseph Roth, Aksel Sandemose, Jose Saramago, Leonardo Sciascia, W. G. Sebald, Amy Tan, Rose Tremain, Tarjei Vesaas, James Welch, Edward O. Wilson (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresKramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Strand Bookstore

Real nameKris


Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceFeb 14, 2009

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