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Not keeping up with NYT 100 Notable Books

In literature on December 5, 2011 at 6:11 am

I always feel a little overwhelmed by the NYT 100 Notable Books list.

This year, I’ve read none of the 2011 Notable Books (although I did purchase “The Information” which made the list).

Looking back at the 2010 list it seems like I still am an Adam Dunne-esque 0-100.

On the 2009 list, I read Ishiguro’s “Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall” and Eggers “Zeitoun“.

2008:  Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth

2007:  Diaz “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao“,  Alex Ross “The Rest is Noise“.

I don’t think that I’m reading the wrong things, but perhaps I’m missing out on something important?  I’m thinking this is the year that I’ll coordinate my library checkouts with this 2011 list a bit… just to see what (if anything) I’ve been missing…


12/18/2011 Update:  I just finished DeLillo’s “Falling Man” which was on of these lists (2007 or 2008).  Progress!


Jhumpa Lahiri @ UCHICAGO (May 2010)

In Events, University of Chicago on June 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I saw Jhumpa Lahiri read from (and talk about) Unaccustomed Earth in May at the University of Chicago.

I’ve heard Lahiri talk three times now, after each of her major works, and have to say that my appreciation for her has shifted.

At first, I was intrigued by the novelty of the identities that she explored and her ability to convey a scene of emotion. What impressed me most about her latest work “Unaccustomed Earth” though, was her ability to intertwine the various short stories both directly through characters and indirectly through themes.

The more I think about Unaccustomed Earth the more I want to recommend it (and reread some of the stories).

Haul from HP Booksale

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Even though I’m supposedly limiting my book purchases to what I can trade for at swaptree, I couldn’t resist stopping by the Hyde Park Book Sale over the weekend.

I spent $5.50! Here’s my haul:

“The Plot Against America” Philip Roth (hardcover, great shape)
“Little Children” Tom Perrotta
“Reading Lolita in Tehran”
“Interpreter of Maladies” Jhumpa Lahiri (it’s nice to have an extra copy on hand to give away)
“Independence Day” by Richard Ford
“Free Burning” by Bayo Ojikutu
“Segu” by Maryse Conde
“Disturbing the Peace” by Vaclav Havel