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Top Ten Books Read in 2004, and Then Some

My utter lack of timeliness means I rarely read a book in the same year it's published, so I can't really do the usual "Best of 2004" list. So here are the ten best books I read this year, regardless of publication date. (For the record, the only new books on the list were those of Irene Zabytko and Alex Kotlowitz.) For brief commentary on each, scroll down the right-hand sidebar.

1. Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States
2. Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America
3. Kurt Vonnegut, Galapagos
4. H.L. Mencken, The Vintage Mencken
5. Richard Wright, 12 Million Black Voices
6. Ben Katchor, The Jew of New York
7. Irene Zabytko, When Luba Leaves Home
8. William Golding, Lord of the Flies
9. Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis and Other Stories
10. Stuart Dybek, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods

Honorable Mention: Paul Krugman, The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century; Alex Kotlowitz, Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago; Barbara Freese, Coal: A Human History; Roy Emerson Stryker, In This Proud Land: America, 1935-1943, As Seen in the FSA Photographs (out of print); Halldor Laxness, Iceland's Bell.

Re-Readings: Nick Hornby, High Fidelity; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Knut Hamsun, Hunger, Nelson Algren, Chicago: City on the Make.

(2003 List)
(2002 List)

December 28, 2004 in Books | Permalink



The Emergency Fund is proud to announce that Alex Kotlowitz, the author of the acclaimed series for the Wall Street Journal, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America and A Walk in Chicago: Never a City So Real, will be our Keynote Speaker at the upcoming Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Robin Robinson, journalist and co-anchor of Fox 32's News at Nine will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The event will be held at the MidAmerica Club and will feature a raffle. We will also premiere a new video about the Emergency Fund currently in production with Freeman Pictures.

We will honor Margaret Daniels of Bethel New Life with the Wanda S. Morris Award for community service. The Norman H. Stone Award nominee is to be determined.

A portion of your ticket price is tax-deductible. Table sponsorships are $1000. Tables include 9 guests and one Fund Manager. Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased online by navigating to our donation page. There are several sponsorship opportunities available for this event. For more information, download a word document that provides a price listing for advertising in our luncheon program, video sponsorship information, and raffle prize donation information.

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208 S. LaSalle, Suite 776
Chicago, Illinois 60604.
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Prizes include:

A week's stay at a beautiful vacation home in Phoenix, AZ

A week's stay at a beautiful and well-appointed cottage near Lake Huron in Canada

A gift certificate to the Body Clinic

A gift certificate to Charles Ifergan Salon

Four tickets to the Cubs vs. the Colorado Rockies on Friday, May 27th

More prizes to come!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Posted by: Meagan at Mar 24, 2005 3:10:28 PM