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25 Books to Remember from 2005

American Prometheus
American Prometheus The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer By Bird, Kai (Book - 2005 ) B Oppenheimer B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The complex life of the pioneering physicist is fully explored in this rich combination of biography and 20th Century scientific and political history.

The Assassins' Gate
The Assassins' Gate America in Iraq By Packer, George, 1960- (Book - 2005 ) 956.7044 P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An award-winning American journalist skillfully presents a balanced, vital, and highly readable chronicle of the ongoing Iraq War and the people affected by its consequences.

Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation A Novel By Iweala, Uzodinma (Book - 2005 ) FIC I and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This heartbreaking debut novel set in West Africa tells the story a young boy who is recruited by guerilla soldiers after his father’s brutal death.

Beyond Glory
Beyond Glory Joe Louis Vs. Max Schmeling and A World on the Brink By Margolick, David (Book - 2005 ) 796.8309 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The dramatic story of two boxers provides a context for understanding the political, cultural and social tensions leading up to World War II.

Bound for Canaan
Bound for Canaan The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America By Bordewich, Fergus M. (Book - 2005 ) 973.7115 B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Bordewich’s thoroughly researched history of the Underground Railroad compellingly examines the abolitionist movement and the nation’s shifting sentiment about slavery

Bread and Roses
Bread and Roses Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream By Watson, Bruce, 1953- (Book - 2005 ) 331.8928 W and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Watson vividly reconstructs the story of 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a watershed moment in American labor history.

Carnivorous Nights
Carnivorous Nights On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger By Mittelbach, Margaret (Book - 2005 ) 508.946 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This wonderful romp follows two naturalists and an artist in search of a carnivorous marsupial presumed to be extinct. Illustrated by Alexis Rockman.

Controlled Burn
Controlled Burn Stories of Prison, Crime, and Men By Wolven, Scott, 1965- (Book - 2005 ) All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:Gritty, terse and unexpectedly moving, these stories track the lives of boxers, convicts, drifters and other hard-luck cases.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close By Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977- (Book - 2005 ) FIC F and more… All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 3

Annotation:In this humorous, heartbreaking odyssey, Oskar Schell, the nine-year-old son of a man killed in the September 11 attacks, scours New York City to unravel the mystery of a key his father left behind.

In the Province of Saints
In the Province of Saints A Novel By O'Malley, Thomas, 1967- (Book - 2005 )

Annotation:Michael’s impoverished childhood is shaped by family woes and a troubled community and nation in this compelling coming-of-age story set in rural Ireland.

Jack and Other New Poems
Jack and Other New Poems By Kumin, Maxine, 1925- (Book - 2005 ) 811 Kumin and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The fauna of her New Hampshire farm, political history and the lessons of aging are among the subjects explored in these direct, expressive poems.

Japanland
Japanland A Year in Search of Wa By Müller, Karin (Book - 2005 ) 306.0952 M and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A documentary filmmaker seeking inner harmony recounts her high-spirited adventures in Japan.

Luck Is Luck
Luck Is Luck Poems By Perillo, Lucia Maria, 1958- (Book - 2005 ) 811 Perillo and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Clever constructions of 1950s culture and trenchant takes on feminism and mortality characterize this tough, witty collection of verse.

The March
The March A Novel By Doctorow, E. L., 1931- (Book - 2005 ) FIC D and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:General Sherman’s legendary march through Georgia and the Carolinas is retraced in this panoramic historical tale of slavery, war and freedom.

Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go By Ishiguro, Kazuo, 1954- (Book - 2005 ) FIC I and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In this elegantly crafted novel, an idyllic British boarding school is the dramatic setting for an alternate reality marked by childhood secrets and betrayals.

On Beauty
On Beauty By Smith, Zadie (Book - 2005 ) FIC S and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:An homage to Howards End, Smith’s engaging novel offers probing insights into changing family dynamics, individuality, race and class.

Please Don't Come Back From the Moon
Please Don't Come Back From the Moon By Bakopoulos, Dean (Book - 2005 ) FIC B Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In this haunting first novel, a blue-collar suburb of Detroit is shaken by the gradual and mysterious disappearance of its family men.

Rules for Old Men Waiting
Rules for Old Men Waiting By Pouncey, Peter R. (Book - 2005 ) FIC P and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A retired historian sets out to write a World War I novel and finds his own life and losses bound up in the fiction he creates.

Small Island
Small Island By Levy, Andrea, 1956- (Book - 2005 ) FIC L All copies in use. Availability details

Annotation:The lives of a Jamaican immigrant couple and their British landlords collide in unexpected and intimate ways as London rebuilds itself from the devastation of World War II.

A Sudden Country
A Sudden Country A Novel By Fisher, Karen, 1961- (Book - 2005 ) FIC F Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:In this unforgettable debut tale of the 1840s Oregon migration, a Scottish frontiersman’s life changes when he meets a pioneer woman who helps him confront his sorrow.

The Tattoo Artist
The Tattoo Artist By Ciment, Jill, 1953- (Book - 2005 ) FIC C and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This provocative novel tells the story of an acclaimed New York artist who spends 30 years practicing her sacred craft on a remote South Pacific Island.

Vindication
Vindication A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft By Gordon, Lyndall (Book - 2005 ) B Wollstonecr G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Distinguished biographer Gordon vividly portrays the life and genius of the uncompromising, unconventional and prescient 18th Century feminist.

The War Works Hard
The War Works Hard By Mīkhāʼīl, Dunyā, 1965- (Book - 2005 ) 892.71 Mīkhāʼīl and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This intimate, subversive and farsighted collection by an Iraqi poet chronicles the effects of tyranny and war on the psyche. Translated from the Arabic by Elizabeth Winslow.

Windows on the World
Windows on the World By Beigbeder, Frédéric (Book - 2004 ) FIC B and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:This gripping fictional account of September 11, 2001 juxtaposes the story of a family gathering on the morning of the terrorist attacks with a writer’s reflection of the event one year later. Translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking By Didion, Joan (Book - 2005 ) B Didion and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 7

Annotation:Generously written with candor and grace, Didion’s potent memoir records her effort to cope with her husband’s sudden death and her daughter’s illness and to understand grief.

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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: Susan Chute, Frannie Crook, Malynda Dalton (Chair), Francie Einenkel, Faith Jones, Glenn Mills, Auburn Nelson. Selected titles appearing on this booklist may be available in recorded, braille or large print versions.


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