25 Books to Remember from 2007
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.
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.
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.
Annotation:This arresting portrayal of an early German naturalist traces her life’s work discovering and documenting the hitherto-unknown wonders of insect metamorphosis.
Annotation:Ashenburg provides a fascinating study of the history of personal cleanliness in the Western world, abounding in enlightening anecdotes and charming illustrations.
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.
Annotation:Inspired by her time spent living and teaching in Spain, Morano’s intimately personal essays explore the ways in which language shapes experience.
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.
Annotation:In this illusory meditation on love and art, a dying Stephen Crane dictates a tragic, scandalous novel about a young male prostitute.
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.
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.
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.
Annotation:Myriad examples of shocking abuses committed in the name of science are adeptly examined by journalist and bioethicist Washington.
Annotation:This illuminating biography depicts the little-known history of the early 20th-century homesteader, author, and maverick.
Annotation:Michaelis’s biography offers an insightful interpretation of the life of Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, the iconic American comic strip.
Annotation:These powerfully moving writings open a unique window into slave society and the complex struggles of life after escape.
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.
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.