Reading Selections Ballot

I am asking for your help in selecting the titles we’ll read between July and December of 2012.  The first half of this post consists of titles and descriptive info.  The second half of the post is the ballot.  Please pick the six titles that you’d like to read.  In the spirit of transparency, all results are available for public view.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Fiction (336 pages)
“Told in the voice of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain, is a richly imagined portrait of bohemian 1920s Paris, and of American literature’s original bad boy.”
–Town & Country

Doc by Mary Doria Russell
Fiction (416 pages)
“Fact and mythmaking converge as Russell creates a Dodge City filled with nuggets of surprising history, a city so alive readers can smell the sawdust and hear the tinkling of saloon pianos…Filled with action and humor yet philosophically rich and deeply moving—a magnificent read.”
–Kirkus Reviews

West with the Night by Beryl Markham
Non-Fiction (320 pages)
West with the Night is the story of Beryl Markham–aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty–and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and ’30s. Regarded by many as one of the best adventure books ever!”

My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Fiction (384 pages)
“Rich with historical detail-including cameo appearances by Abraham Lincoln and Dorothea Dix, among others-My Name Is Mary Sutter is certain to be recognized as one of the great novels about the Civil War.”

Blood, Bones, & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Non-Fiction (320 pages)
“Dazzling . . . brilliantly written . . . [Hamilton] is as evocative writing about people and places as she is at writing about cooking.”
–The New York Times

The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
Non-Fiction (320 pages)
“A disturbing, mesmerizing personal narrative about growing up with a brilliant but schizophrenic mother…Richly textured, compassionate and heartbreaking.”
–Kirkus Reviews

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Non-Fiction (496 pages)
“A master class in narrative storytelling…Extraordinarily moving…A powerfully drawn survival epic.”
–The Wall Street Journal

Nothing to Envy: Everyday Life in North Korea by B. Demick
Non-Fiction (336 pages)
“A fascinating and deeply personal look at the lives of six defectors from the repressive totalitarian regime of the Republic of North Korea…”
–Publishers Weekly

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Fiction (335 pages)
“…an exploration into the mysteries of friendship…this is a wonderfully rich, warm, and affecting book. Highly recommended.”
–Library Journal

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Fiction (352 pages)
“Card has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers—a major sf novel by any reasonable standards.”

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Fiction (192 pages)
“[A] mysterious, suspenseful, and radiant fable . . . The smart and resourceful housekeeper, the single mother of a baseball-crazy 10-year-old boy the Professor adores, falls under the spell of the beautiful mathematical phenomena the Professor elucidates, as will the reader, and the three create an indivisible formula for love.”
— Booklist



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