December Book List – 2011

Once again I went to the independent booksellers and the librarians to make my selections. I also looked in the two book clubs, Literary Guild and Book of the Month Club to see if there were any great finds. This is not an exhaustive list of great new books. I only list the books that I plan to read.
11/22/63 by Stephen King – an English teacher and his friend who runs the local diner travel through a portal to 1958 to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
The Drop by Michael Connelly – a cold case intertwines with a current murder of a city councilman’s son
The Litigators by John Grisham – it’s John Grisham
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco – I usually read anything by Umberto Eco but am not sure about this one. It sounds like heavy going and apparently contains some problematic lapses in political correctness. This is a maybe.
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon – This is the newest of a series of books I have followed.
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly – Lawyer Mickey Haller must defend a client (Lisa Trammel) accused of killing a banker who defaulted on her mortgage.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – this book, established as a modern classic “will enchant and inspire readers for generations to come. (I might have to give Mr. Coelho another try.)
The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith – A Louise Dahousie book – always charming
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards – a woman’s family history gets revised by her discovery of some historical family objects – “every element emerges as a carefully placed piece of the puzzle”
The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen – two sisters, Twiss and Milly, now elderly, live lost in memories and tending to injured birds
Zero Day by David Balducci – a chilling “what if” scenario
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley – a Flavia de Luce mystery
The Time in Between by Maria Duenas – the story of a seamstress who becomes the most sought after couturiere during the Spanish Civil War and World War II
The Sisters by Nancy Jensen – two sisters in Kentucky in the 20’s – good intentions – bad decision –how this affects 3 generations of women
The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin – mystery in a police force
Delicacy by David Foenkinos – love, grief, then love again in Paris (out Feb., 2012), “
We the Animals by Justin Torres – follows three brothers as they make their way through an ever-changing, and sometimes turbulent childhood that puts a new twist on the coming-of-age tale
Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga – an Indian man refuses to sell his high rise apartment to developers
Sunset Park by Paul Austin (back in Brooklyn) – NY native Miles Heller (female) flees to Brooklyn and shacks up with a group of artists squatting in the Sunset Park neighborhood

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