Favorite 5 of 2009

Among the 60-plus books I read this year, a few have stood out as new favorites. It’s hard to choose, but I’d have to say my top 5 are as follows:

  1. Woman At Point Zero – El Saadawi: A short book, but incredibly powerful and thought-provoking, about silence, power, love, and what it means to be free.
  2. In the Time of the Butterflies – Alvarez: Poetic, dramatic, and well-crafted as well as a moving story about fighting for the right to live freely.
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany – Irving: Epic, character-driven, and deals thoughtfully with big questions about life, fate, and faith.
  4. The Vagrants – Li: A gut-wrenching but beautiful picture of love and humans who feel not only pain but also compassion.
  5. The Lemon Tree – Tolan: A well-written, well-researched, and singular story about common ground in the Arab/Israeli conflict.

Here’s to a New Year of more great reads! What’s on your top list for 2009?


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