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New Books We Loved in 2010

CLP staff recommends 2010 fiction and nonfiction we loved to read.

 

Handling the Undead

The author raises the bar for zombie fiction by showing the psychological devastation wreaked upon zombie's other victims, the people who love them.

 

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them
PG2986.B33 2010

A love affair with Russian literature, not only as read, but as a way of life and of looking at the world.

 

Sh*t My Dad Says
PS3608.A5488 Z46 2010x

So much more than out-loud funny—wisdom, common sense, and a father and son relationship both entertaining and bound to inspire secret envy.

 

An Object of Beauty

An educational tour of the insular world of art collecting by an amoral, go-getter art dealer inspires revelations about beauty and love.

 

Bury Your Dead

The intricate juggling of three stories make this, the sixth in a series, the best one so far.

 

I Curse the River of Time

The unrelentingly grim atmosphere of a Scandinavian landscape is the backdrop for a son coming to terms with his dying mother.

 

Mr. Peanut

At once a murder mystery and a grotesque portrait of love and marriage.

 

The Lonely Polygamist

Take the trials and tribulations of marriage and raising a family, mutiply that by four and what you get is an in-depth sense of all families and all marriages. With compassion and humor, the mechanics of family is laid bare.

 

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Cultures and generations collide when a relationship blossoms between an English aristocrat and a Pakistani widow.

 

The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
RC265.6.L24 S55 2010x

The scientific journey of one woman's cells is juxtaposed with the story of her life and family, and raises philosophical questions about ethics, profit, and accountability.