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25 Books to Remember from 2006

All Aunt Hagar's Children
All Aunt Hagar's Children By Jones, Edward P. (Book - 2006 ) FIC J and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

Better for All the World
Better for All the World The Secret History of Forced Sterilization and America's Quest for Racial Purity By Bruinius, Harry (Book - 2006 ) 363.9209 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The eugenics movement in early 20th-century America is exposed in this fascinating and deeply alarming history.

Black Swan Green
Black Swan Green A Novel By Mitchell, David (Book - 2006 ) FIC M and more… All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 22

Annotation:A thirteen-year-old boy experiences the pains and pleasures of adolescence in this nostalgic and poetic coming of age novel set in England.

Blue Front
Blue Front [a Poem] By Collins, Martha, 1940- (Book - 2006 ) 811 Collins and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Collins scrutinizes race and accountability with lyrical force in this book-length poem about a lynching in 1909.

The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky
The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky A True Story By Dornstein, Ken (Book - 2006 ) 973.9109 D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

The Brief History of the Dead
The Brief History of the Dead By Brockmeier, Kevin (Book - 2006 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The dead and the living are delicately entwined in this haunting tale, that looks at life, the role of memory, and the meaning of relationships.

China Syndrome
China Syndrome The True Story of the 21st Century's First Great Epidemic By Greenfeld, Karl Taro, 1964- (Book - 2006 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Greenfeld gives a harrowing, illuminating account of the SARS epidemic that swept through South China, and the chaos and cover-up that ensued.

The Dead Fish Museum
The Dead Fish Museum By D'Ambrosio, Charles (Book - 2006 ) FIC D All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1

Annotation:Powerful and nuanced, each elegantly crafted narrative offers an insightful exploration into the caverns of the wayward soul.

District and Circle
District and Circle By Heaney, Seamus, 1939-2013 (Book - 2006 ) 821 Heaney and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Everyday experiences are endowed with gravity, humor, and the supernatural in this exciting collection.

The Emperor's Children
The Emperor's Children By Messud, Claire, 1966- (Book - 2006 ) FIC M and more… All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 2

Annotation:Privileged Manhattanites strut and fret through Messud’s humorous and parodic yet morally exact portrait of pre-9/11 social life.

The First Hurt
The First Hurt Stories By Sherman, Rachel, 1975- (Book - 2006 ) FIC S All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:In this debut collection, the familiar pangs of being human emerge through spare and disarming prose.

Girlbomb
Girlbomb A Halfway Homeless Memoir By Erlbaum, Janice, 1969- (Book - 2006 ) B Erlbaum E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Erlbaum, homeless at fifteen, illustrates the dark side of girlhood in her candid and engaging memoir of surviving group homes, drugs and abuse.

The Great Deluge
The Great Deluge Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast By Brinkley, Douglas (Book - 2006 ) 976.335 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Brinkley delivers a comprehensive, eye-opening account of one the most devastating disasters in American history.

Grief
Grief By Holleran, Andrew (Book - 2006 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In Holleran's moving novel, a lonely professor escapes to Washington, D.C. after his mother’s death and learns about the surprising gifts that can come from grief.

The Looming Tower
The Looming Tower Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 By Wright, Lawrence, 1947- (Book - 2005 ) 973.931 W and more… All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 8

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.

The Places in Between
The Places in Between By Stewart, Rory (Book - 2006 ) 915.8104 S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Stewart's walk across Afghanistan provides an informative history of the region as well as an accurate and compelling portrayal of the country and its people today.

The Road
The Road By McCarthy, Cormac, 1933- (Book - 2006 ) FIC M and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:In this grim yet ultimately hopeful novel, a father and his son journey across post-apocalyptic America.

Sea of Thunder
Sea of Thunder Four Commanders and the Last Great Naval Campaign 1941-1945 By Thomas, Evan, 1951- (Book - 2006 ) 940.5426 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

The Secret River
The Secret River By Grenville, Kate, 1950- (Book - 2005 ) FIC G and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:Grenville's gripping historical tale pits Aborigines and convict settlers in a fierce battle for the right to call Australia home.

Strong Is your Hold
Strong Is your Hold By Kinnell, Galway, 1927- (Book - 2006 ) 811 Kinnell and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:At once masterful and accessible, this uncluttered collection, celebrating the everyday, is a striking achievement from an award-winning American poet.

Sweet and Low
Sweet and Low A Family Story By Cohen, Rich (Book - 2006 ) 929.2097 C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An engaging, vengeful tale of how Sweet'N Low went from being an idea born in a Brooklyn diner to a staple on every table.

Sword and Blossom
Sword and Blossom A British Officer's Enduring Love for A Japanese Woman By Pagnamenta, Peter (Book - 2006 ) 941.081 P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

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.

The Time in Between
The Time in Between By Bergen, David, 1957- (Book - 2005 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This compelling novel follows two siblings who travel to Vietnam in search of their missing father and discover him to be as elusive and mysterious as the country to which he fled.

What Is the What
What Is the What The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng : A Novel By Eggers, Dave (Book - 2006 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:This unforgettable novel is based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.

The Worst Hard Time
The Worst Hard Time The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl By Egan, Timothy (Book - 2006 ) 978.032 E and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

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.


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