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BOOKS: My 20 Best of 2011

I’ve read about 100 books this year. These 20 made particularly lasting impressions.

1. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaajte [Knopf]

2. Caribou Island by David Vann [Harper]

3. The Last Brother by Nathacha Appanha [Greywolf Press]

4. A Stranger on the Planet by Adam Schwartz [Soho Press]

5. The Astral by Kate Christensen [Doubleday]

6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett [Harper]

7. The Submission by Amy Waldman [F,S&G]

8. Irma Voth by Miriam Toews [Harper]

9. The Rape of the Muse by Michael Stein [The Permanent Press]

10. The Lies Have It by Jill Edmondson [Iguana]

11. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta [St. Martins]

12. My New American Life by Francine Prose [Harper]

13. Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward [Random House]

14. The Singular Exploits of Wonder Mom & Party Girl by Marc Schuster [The Permanent Press]

15. The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen [Riverhead]

16. The Ringer by Jenny Shank [The Permanent Press]

17. Slant by Timothy Wang [Tincture]

18. The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen [Crown]

19. The Social Climber’s Handbook by Molly Jong-Fast [Villard]

20. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson [Ecco]

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in the realm: QUOTES

I never liked her. It’s a horrible thing to say, it sounds so snobbish and superior, but I never considered her my equal, or yours, frankly. Not because she’s not smart, she is smart, but she’s not at all . . . imaginative or interesting. Or maybe it’s just that she has no capacity for joy or wildness.

I was your genius in a box, but I wouldn’t stay where you wanted me, wouldn’t act the way you thought I should. You always had the moral upper hand. I was always in the wrong.

The Astral by Kate Christensen

And who could want that acquiescence anyway? Where is the fight, the dance, the tease, the passion of the relationship? Is love so worthless that we give it up to be told what we want to hear?
From “Full Condom,” by Dianne Rinehart in He Said What?

It’s just hard for me to find the kind of girl I like in Chicago.
–Jessie in Jamie and Jessie are Not Together

I don’t need a blackboard or a classroom to set an example.
–Elizabeth [Cameron Diaz], Bad Teacher

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book review: Trouble

Fantastic book that I could not put down about three independent women who have been friends since college: Indrani is a single professor and a perfectionist, Josie is a married Manhattan psychotherapist with an adopted tween, who has just decided to separate from her husband, and Raquel lives in Los Angeles and is a famous rock star who hasn’t put out a hit album in years. Indrani, who has long struggled with her own relationships with men, disapproves of Raquel’s affair as well as Josie’s decision to just “let” her marriage go without trying to work things out. They are now all in their mid-forties.

After Raquel is in the tabloids for being with an actor in his twenties (who has a pregnant girlfriend), she escapes to Mexico City and begs Josie to join her. She’s upset and needs her old friend down there for support. Josie sees it as a great opportunity for an escape from New York and to catch up with her close friend. The two women have a wonderful time exploring the city, drinking and eating, and catching up. But Raquel’s depression and addiction return and the vacation takes a traumatic turn. Trouble is about strong, unconditional love and female friendships. It is also about lifelong dreams and career goals and what makes us happy. Christensen [The Great Man] is a brilliant writer who creates believable, empathetic characters to whom you can instantly relate and bond with throughout her novels. When Trouble ends, you will still think about the characters.




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