Notable Books Perpetual Challenge

Wendy at  Caribousmom and  Michelle at 1MoreChapter are hosting a perpetual challenge that asks participants to set a goal to read, review and discuss books from an assortment of notable book lists.  There is a wide variety of books, many of which I would choose to read anyway.

I will set a goal of reading at least 12 notable books in 2010.  I do not create book lists but here are some titles I am interested in reading.  I’m sure I will add others to this list.
Fiction

A Short History of Women – Kate Walbert
Far North – Marcel Theroux
Half Broke Horses – Jeanette Wells
Lark and Termite – Jayne Anne Phillips
Nocturnes – Kazuo Ishiguro
The Anthologist – Nicholson Baker
The Big Machine – Victor LaValle
The Golden Mean – Annabel Lyon
The Help – Kathryn Stockette
The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
The Museum of Innocence – Orhan Pamuk
The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tinkers  – Paul Harding
Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantell

Nonfiction

A Paradise Built in Hell – Rebecca Solnit
Columbine – Dave Cullen
Dancing in the Dark – Morris Dickstein
Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor – Brad Gooch
The Age Of Wonder – Richard Holmes
The Invention of Air: A Story of Science –  Steven Johnson
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac – Graham Farmelo
Zeitoun – Dave Eggers

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  1. gm davis

    On Nov. 21, 2008, the Harris and Klebold parents were sent the same letter requesting cooperation. “Your stories have yet to be fully told, and I view your help as an issue of historical significance,” it said. “In 10 years, there have been no major, mainstream books on Columbine. This will be the first, and it may be the only one.” The letter came not from Mr. Cullen but from Jeff Kass, whose Columbine: A True Crime Story, published by the small Ghost Road Press, preceded Columbine by a couple of weeks.

    “Mr. Kass, whose tough account is made even sadder by the demise of The Rocky Mountain News in which his Columbine coverage appeared, has also delivered an intensive Columbine overview. Some of the issues he raises and information he digs up go unnoticed by Mr. Cullen.” –Janet Maslin, New York Times

    “A decade after the most dramatic school massacre in American history, Jeff Kass applies his considerable reporting talents to exploring the mystery of how two teens could have planned and carried out such gruesome acts without their own family and best friends knowing about it in Columbine: A True Crime Story. Actually, there were important clues, but they were missed or downgraded both by those who knew the boys best and by public officials who came in contact with them. An engrossing and cautionary tale for everyone who cares about how to prevent kids from going bad.” ——-Ted Gest, President, Criminal Justice Journalists

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