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Good Reading 2012

Interesting year in reading. Summer of Classics was a complete washout, but my reading was easily redeemed by two modern classics (The Remains of the Day and Lucky Jim), two typically strong novels from my very favorites (William Trevor and Kent Haruf), four good-to-great small press titles, Peter Orner's intriguing debut, and the pleasant surprise that Sinclair Lewis was a strong short-story writer, too. And I re-read more books this year than I had in many years, with only one dud.

1. Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (Review)
2. Tom Williams, The Mimic's Own Voice (Review)
3. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (Review)
4. William Trevor, Felicia's Journey (Review)
5. Joe Meno, Office Girl (Review)
6. Kent Haruf, Where You Once Belonged (Review)
7. Michael Czyzniejewski, Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Review)
8. Ben Tanzer, My Father's House (Review)
9. Peter Orner, Esther Stories (Review)
10. Sinclair Lewis, Go East, Young Man (Review)

Honorable Mention: Jane Addams, Twenty Years at Hull-House (Review); Various Writers, Great Tales of City Dwellers (Review); Carl S. Smith, Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920 (Review)

Re-Reading: Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man; Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace; James Joyce, The Dead; Knut Hamsun, Victoria; Jack London, White Fang; Richard Wright, Native Son

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December 18, 2012 in Books | Permalink