Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost track of how many Best Books of 2014 lists were published in December. Now, here’s your chance to tell us what your favorite book was in 2014. It doesn’t have to have been published last year because we don’t tend to read only recent releases.
That’s one of the joys of reading–an “old” book is new every time another reader discovers it.
To get the ball rolling, I’ll mention a few of my favorite 2014 discoveries.
Longbourne by Jo Baker entertained and delighted me as Baker portrayed the “downstairs” shenanigans of the servants who made life “bearable” to the upstairs characters we met in Pride and Prejudice. I love the idea of having little glimpses of how the servants and the privileged class might be in the same room, but entirely different dramas are playing out for each cast of characters. Vividly imagined.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. My favorite novel of 2014, this book had it all for me–sympathetic characters, fine language, masterful symbolism. It felt as if we finally got Sue Monk Kidd back after she soldiered her way through the miasma of The Mermaid’s Chair.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos. Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Nonfiction, this book is intelligent, insightful–and surprisingly funny. Considering the large role China plays on the world’s stage, Age of Ambition helps us to understand the many contradictions that make up this country that has, in 35 years, moved from vast poverty to an odd mix of hope and despair.
Those are the year’s reading highlights for me. Now, do tell us what books delighted, amazed, and kept demanding you read late into the night…I’m ready to add to my to-read list.
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