25 Books to Remember from 2006
Annotation:In this sophisticated collection, ordinary yet complex African-American residents of Washington D.C. attempt to reconcile past and present realities with elusive hopes for the future.
Annotation:The eugenics movement in early 20th-century America is exposed in this fascinating and deeply alarming history.
Annotation:Dornstein examines the life of his late brother, who was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, and writes a refreshingly personal and uplifting memoir in the process.
Annotation:Greenfeld gives a harrowing, illuminating account of the SARS epidemic that swept through South China, and the chaos and cover-up that ensued.
Annotation:The history of al-Qaeda and its roots in fundamentalism are paired with portraits of those who planned and those who tried to prevent the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Annotation:The Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944, the world's largest-ever naval engagement, is viewed through the eyes of two American and two Japanese commanders.
Annotation:An English army officer's lifelong romance with a Japanese woman is reconstructed through their letters in this gentle, timeless story, filled with period detail.
Annotation:Hardy and resourceful settlers describe the experience of remaining on their land and enduring the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s.
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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, Carol Gladstein, Billy Parrott, Lisa Piraino, Joseph Vissers, with Adele Bellinger, Advisor. Selected titles appearing on this booklist may be available in recorded, braille or large print versions.