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25 Books to Remember from 2007

Agent Zigzag
Agent Zigzag A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal By Macintyre, Ben, 1963- (Book - 2007 ) 940.5486 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In a tale more compelling than a Hollywood production, Macintyre delivers the unlikely story of Eddie Chapman, a double agent during World War II.

Be Near Me
Be Near Me By O'Hagan, Andrew, 1968- (Book - 2006 ) FIC O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An uneasy relationship between a Catholic priest and two teenagers ignites the suspicions of a tightly knit Scottish community.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao By Díaz, Junot, 1968- (Book - 2007 )

Annotation:In the gritty streets of both New Jersey and the Dominican Republic, a sci-fi fan seeks love and acceptance while trying to escape what he believes is a family curse.

By George
By George A Novel By Stace, Wesley (Book - 2007 ) FIC S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Despite his eccentric family’s intractable silence about the past, young George Fisher finds his voice in a warmly imagined coming-of-age tale.

Cheating at Canasta
Cheating at Canasta [stories] By Trevor, William, 1928- (Book - 2007 ) FIC T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Throughout a dozen stories of triumph and tragedy, Trevor masterfully reveals the extraordinary within the everyday.

Chrysalis
Chrysalis Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis By Todd, Kim, 1970- (Book - 2007 ) B Merian T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This arresting portrayal of an early German naturalist traces her life’s work discovering and documenting the hitherto-unknown wonders of insect metamorphosis.

The Dirt on Clean
The Dirt on Clean An Unsanitized History By Ashenburg, Katherine (Book - 2007 ) 391.64 A and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Ashenburg provides a fascinating study of the history of personal cleanliness in the Western world, abounding in enlightening anecdotes and charming illustrations.

The Door
The Door By Atwood, Margaret, 1939- (Book - 2007 ) 811 Atwood and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Themes ranging from the weather to mortality are examined in this impressive collection of lucid poems.

Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton By Lee, Hermione (Book - 2007 ) B Wharton L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Through meticulous research, Lee paints a brilliant and uncompromising portrait of the secretive author.

Empire of Blue Water
Empire of Blue Water Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloody Reign By Talty, Stephan (Book - 2007 ) 972.904 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This story of a buccaneer’s attacks on Spanish colonies in the New World is an adventure that reveals the dangerous realities of the golden age of piracy.

Grammar Lessons
Grammar Lessons Translating A Life in Spain By Morano, Michele (Book - 2007 ) 946 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Inspired by her time spent living and teaching in Spain, Morano’s intimately personal essays explore the ways in which language shapes experience.

Heyday
Heyday A Novel By Andersen, Kurt, 1954- (Book - 2007 ) FIC A In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Brimming with period details and satisfying coinci-dences, this picaresque novel follows an unlikely group of friends on a journey from New York City to San Francisco in 1848.

Hotel De Dream
Hotel De Dream A New York Novel By White, Edmund, 1940- (Book - 2007 ) FIC W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In this illusory meditation on love and art, a dying Stephen Crane dictates a tragic, scandalous novel about a young male prostitute.

The Indian Clerk
The Indian Clerk A Novel By Leavitt, David, 1961- (Book - 2007 ) FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A renowned English mathematician reconsiders ideas about himself and his country when he meets a civil servant from India who is a genius of equal stature.

Last Night at the Lobster
Last Night at the Lobster By O'Nan, Stewart, 1961- (Book - 2007 ) FIC O and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:With a blizzard raging outside, Manny DeLeon and his staff endure the bittersweet last day of a Red Lobster restaurant fallen on hard times.

Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name
Let the Northern Lights Erase your Name A Novel By Vida, Vendela (Book - 2007 ) FIC V and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In succinct and beautiful prose, Vida tells the story of a woman who searches for the truth about her past and discovers more than she expects.

The Man Suit
The Man Suit By Schomburg, Zachary, 1977- (Book - 2007 ) 811 Schomburg and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Schomburg launches his first full-length collection of poetry, combining levity and gravity for darkly comic effect.

Medical Apartheid
Medical Apartheid The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present By Washington, Harriet A. (Book - 2006 ) 174.28 W and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 17

Annotation:Myriad examples of shocking abuses committed in the name of science are adeptly examined by journalist and bioethicist Washington.

Oscar Micheaux, the Great and Only
Oscar Micheaux, the Great and Only The Life of America's First Great Black Filmmaker By McGilligan, Patrick (Book - 2007 ) B Micheaux M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This illuminating biography depicts the little-known history of the early 20th-century homesteader, author, and maverick.

Out Stealing Horses
Out Stealing Horses By Petterson, Per, 1952- (Book - 2007 ) FIC P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:With poignant parallels between past and present, an elderly man recalls the formative summer of his childhood.

The Pesthouse
The Pesthouse A Novel By Crace, Jim (Book - 2007 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:Thrown together by chance, a pair of travelers come to rely on one another as they make their way across a ruined future America in hopes of a better life overseas.

Schulz and Peanuts
Schulz and Peanuts A Biography By Michaelis, David (Book - 2007 ) B Schulz M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Michaelis’s biography offers an insightful interpretation of the life of Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, the iconic American comic strip.

A Slave No More
A Slave No More Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom : Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation By Blight, David W. (Book - 2007 ) 973.7115 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:These powerfully moving writings open a unique window into slave society and the complex struggles of life after escape.

Time and Materials
Time and Materials Poems, 1997-2005 By Hass, Robert (Book - 2007 ) 811 Hass and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In this new collection, America’s former Poet Laureate contemplates the uncertainties of contemporary life while taking solace in the unchanging truths of nature.

Tree of Smoke
Tree of Smoke By Johnson, Denis, 1949- (Book - 2007 ) FIC J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The early days of the Vietnam War are experienced by American CIA agents in a novel in which thoughts are rendered with the same visceral intensity as actions.

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Books to Remember is an annual list of 25 titles chosen for their ability to provide an informative or transformative reading experience for adults. Selection criteria include literary excellence, uniqueness of concept and command of subject matter. These books were selected by the following committee from the staff of The New York Public Library: Matthew Baiotto, Tracy Crawford (Chair), Abigail Dreyer, Sarah Jewell, Billy Parrott, Jessica Pigza, Lisa Piraino, Joseph Vissers, with Adele Bellinger, Advisor. Selected titles appearing on this booklist may be available in recorded, braille or large print versions.


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