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Well-written reportage or memoir is my relaxation reading. I loved Janet Malcolm 's last book, Iphigenia in Forest Hills , and so will be falling upon her new one, Forty-One False Starts , a collection of essays and profiles, if only for the great title. While we are on numbered titles, I might catch up with Elif Shafak's The Forty Rules of Love ; with recent events in Turkey, her work has become more important than ever. Each summer, I try to read something I'm ashamed to have not read and this summer it's going to be big admission here Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. For the flight and for a reminder that the activity was once much more dangerous I shall take Richard Holmes's history of ballooning and balloonatics, Falling Upwards.
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We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books they read this year. Most listed new books, but a few picked older favorites. I recommend buying it and reading it through; no selection of his work does it justice.
Alfred A. Like the best of Dickens, the novel is packed with incident and populated with vivid characters. At its heart is the unwavering belief that come what may, art can save us by lifting us above ourselves. Demonstrating the agile style and theatrical bravado of her much-admired Jackson Brodie mystery novels, Atkinson takes on nothing less than the evils of midth-century history and the nature of death as she moves back and forth in time, fitting together versions of a life story for a heroine who keeps dying, then being resurrected — and sent off in different, but entirely plausible, directions. Beneath the comedy, though, Saunders writes with profound empathy, and this impressive collection advances his abiding interest in questions of class, power and justice. Blinder criticizes both the Bush and Obama administrations, especially for letting Lehman Brothers fail, but he also praises them for taking steps to save the country from falling into a serious depression.