Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cream of the '09 crop

Free Press reviewers recall favourite reads this year
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION


All the Living
, by C.E. Morgan
"It might seem strange to recommend a novel about a drought set in the U.S. south in a year that we endured our own northern flood. But a conflagration is a conflagration, and Kentuckian C.E. Morgan's All the Living is a damn fine distraction." -- Ariel Gordon

Border Songs
, by Jim Lynch
"[An] unusual hybrid of character study, poetic nature writing and ripped-from-the-headlines crime novel." -- Bob Armstrong

Between the Assassinations, by Aravind Adiga
"Adiga's slumdogs want what other slumdogs want, and he tells their stories in all their urgency. Just don't expect a Hollywood ending." -- Reinhold Kramer



The Ascent of Money, by Niall Ferguson
"In an ode to Darwin, Ferguson concludes with a chapter on the evolution of finance and remarks: 'until we fully understand the origins of financial species, we shall never understand the fundamental truth about money." -- Scott Forbes

Beyond Belfast, by Will Ferguson
"A smart, engaging travel memoir about sore feet, Northern Ireland and coming to terms with who you are and from where you came." -- Julie Kentner

Burmese Lessons
, by Karen Connelly
"[F]rom the messy mix Connelly extrudes both keen analysis of the many faces of opposition to the Burmese generals and an intimate account of love, jealousy and guilt." -- Douglas J. Johnston

For the rest of the best-of list, click here.


Julie K said...

Right on top, mama! Nice work!

Ariel Gordon said...

Thanks, Julie! Splendid to see you in there too!