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The Book Club Cheerleader’s Top 10 TBR Books at the End of 2010

January 6, 2011

Continuing with this week’s theme of Best Books of 2010, here are the books that Sally Slowreader wasn’t able to get to this year. This is what I know about them—and why I look forward to reading them…Again, in no particular order:

Family Angst:

The drama, the emotional punch, we seem to all be able to relate to these kinds of books—and I actually like my family! Well, at least most of them…

1) Pictures of you, by Caroline Leavitt. Three broken people come together for answers and healing. Sounds a bit like Mapson’s Solomon’s Oak

2) Up From the Blue, by Susan Henderson.  A year in the life of a mother-less girl. If this is anything like Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and Secret Life of Bees, how could I not like it?

Historical Fiction:

A very discussable genre for book clubs, and one of my favorites!

3) The Queen of Palmyra, by Minrose Gwin. Mississippi Burning meets To Kill a Mockingbird with an 11-year old protagonist.

4) My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira. A novel about a young woman’s struggle to become a doctor during the Civil War. Cold Mountain meets Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman?

New York Tales:

I love New York—and in addition to a great setting, both of these books have a great premise.

5) Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok. From Hong Kong to Brooklyn, a young woman’s immigrant experience.

6) An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin. A young woman climbing up the art world ladder in the 1990’s. (This also made it to the top of my list because I’ve had a crush on Steve Martin since ’77…)


And from our “Truth is Stranger than Fiction” category…

7) The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson. A study of the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

8 ) Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers. A Muslim-American contractor and family man helps neighbors through the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The story of a true modern-day hero.

Other Lands:

As we know, books can truly take us places, and these two take us to many…

9) The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer. A love story taking us from 1930’s Budapest, to the art world in Paris until the horrors of the Nazi war machine drive the young lovers back into Hungary. Although long (over 600 pages) critics praise the author’s language.

10) The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell. Set in Japan at the turn of the 19th century, a young idealistic Dutchman falls in love with a Japanese midwife. Mitchell has been praised for his skillful use of language, plot and characters. Sounds like a great ride!

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear which ones were your favorites!

Join us again tomorrow, as we wrap up our discussion of Best Books of 2010 with the true and actual Book Club Cheerleader’s Top 10 Books of 2010!



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  1. January 6, 2011 3:44 pm

    Love your list! Someone Knows My Name was extraordinary. Hotel of Bitter and Sweet so poignant. Above all, I am so honored to be on your list!!! Paper Children resonates with women for different reasons. You summarized it so well!
    Thank you!

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