Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Good Reads

I have a handful of authors I check on every 4-6 months to see if they have a new book out.  Tonight I browsed online and found out that Anne Tyler's newest book will be on sale in January.  Thanks to my sister, Karen, I've been enjoying Anne Tyler's books for many years. She never disappoints.

Kate Atkinson is another of my favorite authors.  She's a fairly recent find during a long, relaxing shelf browse at the old Reader's Guide location in West Salem.  That first book?  Behind the Scenes at the Museum.  I fell in love with her quirky creativity and use of the english language.  After being less than thrilled with her next couple of books, I nearly decided to quit her.  Fortunately, after hearing a review of her latest book, I decided to pick back up where I left off--Case Histories.  Three books later I hope she never stops writing mysteries centered around her character, Jackson Brodie. 

This month I'm enjoying a book by Luis Alberto Urrea, The Hummingbird's Daughter.  Will I pick up another of his novels when I'm finished with this one?  Yes.  He's pulled me into his story (about his great Aunt), Mexico and the lives of his characters.  I can't wait to turn the next page.


smc said...

While at work today, I heard an interview on NPR of a literature professor who gave her list of the top 10 books of 2009; 5 fiction and 5 non-fiction. I wrote them all down and I can't wait to investigate and get some of them to read. Almost all of them sounded great. Now if I could just find more time to read!

KandN said...

I just went and looked up the Maureen Corrigan article online. So that's the story I caught a piece of today, when I heard about Henry Ford's utopian Fordlandia.