Because I am routinely asked for book recommendations, I thought I’d share again my favorites of 2009. I’m curious- have you read any of these? If so, please comment or tweet me @gr8thoughts. I know that http://www.thesitsgirls.com/ read The Help as their book club book on http://www.theblogfrog.com/. (If you aren’t familiar with http://www.thesitsgirls.com/ or http://www.theblogfrog.com/, get with it as they are great!)
Favorites of 2009:
1. Man in the White Sharkskin Suit- by Lucette Lagnado – an amazing TRUE story (but reads like a novel) of a family in post WW II Egypt who has a great lifestyle who then has to leave Egypt. The character development in this book rocks- you want so badly to be in Egypt at that time. The author is an acclaimed Wall Street Journal writer. The story is about her father.
2. Marriage Bureau for Rich People- Farahad Zama– Set in India, a man sets up a marriage bureau and helps make matches amongst the differing castes in India. It is a light read and such a good book.
3. Golden Willow- Harry Bernstein– This is his 3rd book. All 3 are the stories of his life. He didn’t publish his first book until he was in his 80’s. He wrote this one at age 92. All three are great. Love Harry!
4. The Help- Kathryn Stockett– What a book- was a contender for my number 1 slot. It is the story of a bunch of housekeepers in Mississippi (1960 ish) who finally get sick of their white employers. The character development in this book is SO good- can’t wait for the movie.
5. The Late Lamented Molly Marx- Sally Koslow- a recommendation from my friend Stephanie, the other person who reads as much as me. Molly watches her former life from a heaven type place. While that sounds morbid, the book isn’t at all. It is actually a light, quick read.
6. Sari Shop Widow- Shobhan Bantwal– I would call this Indian chick lit but a fun read. Main character’s family owns a Sari Shop in the U.S. that is failing. They get help from a business consultant and a sweet story emerges.
8. Shanghai Girls- Lisa See- Can’t say enough about this book. A page turner until the very end and then I wanted more. Two sisters in Shanghai in mid 1930’s come to the U.S. I’m hoping she writes a sequel to this one. This was a contender for my number one slot too.
9. Mistress Shakespeare- Karen Harper– I would term this book upper chick lit (my own newly coined phrase.) It is literally a story of Shakespeare’s alleged mistress. It is very light but was a good read.
10. Septembers of Shiraz- Dalia Sofer– I’d read about this book for a few years but finally got around to reading it. A family is forced to leave Iran in the early 1980’s. Great character development. A great insight into Iran at that time.
11. Russian Concubine followed by number 12. Girl From Junchow by Kate Furnivall– I love it when a book is long and good and THEN you find out there is a sequel waiting for you. The story of a Russian family in China, these two books follow the life of one woman. These are above chick lit but below real literature- good character development and they are LONG so you can lose yourself in them for a good period of time.
What are you reading and where are you going?