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Old 12-04-2012, 07:05 PM   #13
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I love lists, reading them and making them. My descriptions are either short or else nonexistent, if I think the title covers it or the book is well-known, but I’d be happy to expound on any title.

Best of 2012 in no order:
  • Children of the Sun: A Narrative of Decadence in England after 1918, by Martin Green.
    Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A Compass Error, by Sybille Bedford: the account of how a thoughtless moment can alter a life.
    A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway
    Chronicle in Stone, by Ismail Kadare: WWII in Albania, as seen through the eyes of a boy.
    Under Gemini, by Isabel Bolton: a memoir of growing up with a twin at the end of the 19th century.
    The Wages Of Guilt: Memories Of War In Germany And Japan, by Ian Buruma.
    The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss, by Edmund de Waal

Worst of 2012: I’m not including books where I should have known better or where my expectations weren’t high (those Georgette Heyers!), only ones where I expected much, much more.
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie
    Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
    On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan
    Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939, by Katie Roiphe
    Death Comes to Pemberley, by P.D. James
    The Sisters: The Saga of the Mitford Family, by Mary S. Lovell
    Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I see a few of my worst made some best lists. That’s a horse race for you.

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