Thursday, February 25, 2010

On Our Bedside Table

Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (Dr. Ambrose)

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (Dr. Ambrose)

Toni Morrison, A Mercy (Dr. Ambrose)

Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar

(Dr. Ambrose)

Elizabeth Kostova, The Historian (Dr. Ambrose)

Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book (A history of a rare Hebrew manuscript from its origin in medieval Spain to its present-day museo-political strife around the globe.) (Sarah Gunn '10)

David Eagleman, Sum: Forty tales from the Afterlives (Eagleman's startlingly imaginative "proverbs" about what the afterlife could be, which is really more an existential projection of how we imagine and value our own lives. Charming, provocative, beautifully written.) (John Shinners)

Ross King, The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism (Author of Brunelleschi's Dome, here King explores what led to the innovations of Manet. A wonderful recreation of the mid-19th-century Paris art world.) (John Shinners)

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible (Sarah Gunn '10)

Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife and The Cross (The last two volumes of Undset's epic story of Kristin, which take her from her marriage to her death bed. A great historical novel and one of the best evocations of medieval life, in this case, the 14th century.) (John Shinners)

Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle (Sarah Gunn '10)

The New Yorker (Philip Hicks)

Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence (Dr. Ambrose)

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