December Books

Barbara Lane Books — By on December 12, 2011 9:07 am

December must be a lucky month.  My three reading selections are among my favorites for the entire year.  Perfect for kicking back over the winter holiday.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward:  This book just knocked me out. Narrated by a young pregnant girl in a desperately poor, close-knit Mississippi family, the story takes place pre-Katrina. Combining beauty and violence, poverty and resilience, pit bull fights and a mother’s love, Salvage the Bones is truly deserving of the National Book Award.
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje:  I stayed away from this book for months because I didn’t find the subject — a young boy’s voyage by ship from Sri Lanka to England in the 1950s—compelling.  Boy was I wrong.   Ondaatje’s best novel since the English Patient, it’s a fresh take on childhood discoveries and how they inform our later life.  Plus a fascinating cast of characters.
The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes:  In this brief, powerful novel Barnes, writing with complete control, presents us with an unreliable narrator who looks back on his life and lies.  The stories we tell ourselves, how we protect ourselves from pain, how silence and shame affect reality…all this and more in a book that packs a true wallop.  You’ll want to read it again.

 

Enjoy these books and check back in 2012 for another great selection! Follow Barbara’s literary escapades on Twitter.

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