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December 31, 2010


Happy new year, Beth! This is a wonderful list.

Thanks, Hannah! Best wishes for 2011 to you too, may it bring wonderful words!

Hi Beth,

Glad to see your 2010 list. I was given Romantic Moderns for Christmas and will be interested to see how Ivon Hitchens features. There's a lovely article on Mfanwy Piper here which mentions Hitchens.

The recommendations from my list would be The Leopard, A Room of One's Own and The Wild Places. Most amusing were the similarities between Eat, Pray, Love and The Razor's Edge. Most disappointing was Surface Detail, but I'm still a sucker for SF.

2010 Book list

The Leopard, Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
Things I Didn't Know, Robert Hughes
Reflections on a Marine Venus, Lawrence Durrell
Going Buddhist, Peter Conradi
Home Truths, David Lodge
Letters & Diaries 1939-45, Iris Murdoch
Murder on the Leviathan, Boris Akunin
A Severed Head, Iris Murdoch
An Omelette and a Glass of Wine, Elizabeth David
The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de Botton
The Razor's Edge, Somerset Maugham
Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup, J.L.Carr
The Art of Travel, Alain de Botton
A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
The Wild Places, Robert MacFarlane
Thus Was Adonis Murdered, Sarah Caudwell
Is Good Still an Englishman?, Cole Moreton
What Was Lost, Catherine O'Flynn
Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist, Stephen Batchelor
The Quiet American, Graham Greene
Surface Detail, Iain M Banks
Greene on Capri, Shirley Hazzard
The Shortest Way to Hades, Sarah Caudwell
The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
Tea for Two . . . with no Cups, Polly Benge
The Christmas Mystery, Jostein Gaarder

And Happy New Year!

Thanks, Aleppo, for this terrific list! Happy New Year to you, too!

Happy New Year, Beth! I'm so looking forward to Open City.

Wonderful list, and of course Open City is at the top of my wish list. Wishing you and J a Happy, healthy and Creative New Year!

Funny how idiosycratic book lists are. There is just so much to read these days. My favorite read always is what I'm reading right now, which is *Secularism Confronts Islam* by Olivier Roy.

i get a lot of books at Christmas and i like it best when the titles are a little quirky.One gift was 'What i talk about when i talk about running A Memoir' by a writer i hadn't heard of Haruki Murakami whom you mentioned.I like browsing books before actually reading them and already one can see Murakami writes with generosity.The book ends with "I dedicate this book to all the runners i've passed,and those who've passed me.Without all of you,i never would have kept on running" But the book i would recommend to you would one i just finished,Pat Conroy's 'My reading life' Some of his books were made into movies ..The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, among them.The concluding chapter is entitled "The City" ..."I have built a city from the books i have read" He writes of himself as an abused boy."I believe that the reading of great books saved his life".I love this book

Oh, Carey Wallace from our "qarrtsiluni" issue! I'll have to tell Ivy.

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