Looking for a good book to entertain you while you’re waiting in those long airport lines? Why not check out a finalist for the National Book Award? Tree of Smoke took home the prize, and I have been waiting for a good time to dive into this 614 pp. page-turner. There’s a good amount of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to choose from. Something for almost everyone’s taste.

Fiction
Mischa Berlinski, Fieldwork (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Blue PS3602.E75825 F54 2007
Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Blue PS3554.A9356 V37 2007
Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown) Blue PS3606.E774 T47 2007
Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Blue PS3560.O3745 T74 2007
Jim Shepard, Like You’d Understand, Anyway: Stories (Alfred A. Knopf) Blue PS3569.H39384 L55 2007

Non-Fiction
Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying (Alfred A. Knopf) Blue PS3554.A5815 Z46 2007
Woody Holton, Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Government Publications KF4541.H58 2007
Arnold Rampersad, Ralph Ellison: A Biography (Alfred A. Knopf) Blue PS3555.L625 Z8725 2007
Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Doubleday) JK468.I6 W44 2007

Poetry
Linda Gregerson, Magnetic North (Houghton Mifflin) Blue PS3557.R425 M34 2007
Robert Hass, Time and Materials (Ecco/HarperCollins) Blue P3558.A725 T56 2007
David Kirby, The House on Boulevard St. (Louisiana State University Press) Blue PS3561.I66 H69 2007
Stanley Plumly, Old Heart (W.W. Norton) Blue PS3566.L78 O43 2007
Ellen Bryant Voigt, Messenger (W.W. Norton) Blue PS3572.O34 M47 2007


3 thoughts on “Holiday Pleasure Reading

  1. Thanks for the tips, especially on the poetry. After reading 3 titles; i’d say I mostly enjoyed the title:
    “Robert Hass, Time and Materials (Ecco/HarperCollins) Blue P3558.A725 T56 2007”

  2. May I suggest–

    Christopher Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinopole. From the Hook of Holland ti the Middle Danube (New York Review Books Classics, 2005) D921 .F381 1977

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