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25 Books to Remember from 2004

American Desert
American Desert By Everett, Percival L. (Book - 2004 ) FIC E and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A second chance at life is given to a man who does not deserve it in this comedic novel of loneliness, despair and redemption.

American Smooth
American Smooth Poems By Dove, Rita (Book - 2004 ) 811 Dove and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 1

Annotation:This elegant collection examines a wide range of American experience, from music and ballroom dancing to jury duty.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
Another Bullshit Night in Suck City A Memoir By Flynn, Nick, 1960- (Book - 2004 ) B Flynn F and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 6

Annotation:An edgy and inventive memoir about the poet's early life without his estranged father and their unlikely reunion at a Boston homeless shelter.

At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig
At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig Travels Through Paraguay By Gimlette, John, 1963- (Book - 2003 ) 989.2 G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Out of the chaos of the world's most unlikely tourist destination emerges a bleak and beautiful travelogue.

A Bit on the Side
A Bit on the Side By Trevor, William, 1928- (Book - 2004 ) FIC T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Richly developed stories set in Ireland and England, whose characters grapple with various forms of love and regret.

Blackbird House
Blackbird House By Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2004 ) FIC H and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Tales redolent of legend, land and sea trace the dwellers of a Cape Cod farmhouse from colonial through contemporary times.

Blood Done Sign My Name
Blood Done Sign My Name A True Story By Tyson, Timothy B. (Book - 2004 ) 975.6535 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A powerful examination of southern race relations, based on Tyson's investigation of a 1970's lynching in his hometown of Oxford, N.C.

Breaking the Tongue
Breaking the Tongue By Loh, Vyvyane (Book - 2004 ) FIC L and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A moving story of language and class set against the Japanese invasion of Singapore during WWII.

Dancing With Cuba
Dancing With Cuba A Memoir of the Revolution By Guillermoprieto, Alma, 1949- (Book - 2004 ) 972.9106 G and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Art meets revolution in this engaging account of Guillermoprieto's political awakening while teaching dance in post revolution cuba.

De Kooning
De Kooning An American Master By Stevens, Mark, 1951- (Book - 2004 ) B De Kooning S and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:The luminous and all-encompassing first biography of the prolific artist.

The Great Influenza
The Great Influenza The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History By Barry, John M., 1947- (Book - 2004 ) 614.518 B and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:Bodies were piled in the streets in 1918. A comprehensive exploration of the medical, social and political aspects of this tragic epidemic.

The Island at the Center of the World
The Island at the Center of the World The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan, the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America By Shorto, Russell (Book - 2004 ) 974.7102 S and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1

Annotation:From newly translated records comes a rich and colorful chronicle of the multi-faceted Dutch colony from which New York City, the first global village, was forged.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell By Clarke, Susanna (Book - 2004 ) FIC C and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5

Annotation:A historic battle unfolds between England's most competent and well-educated gentleman magicians.

Love in the Driest Season
Love in the Driest Season A Family Memoir By Tucker, Neely (Book - 2004 ) 362.734 T Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:A foreign correspondent and his wife navigate a byzantine society plagued by ethnic conflict and the AIDS epidemic to adopt an abandoned baby girl from Zimbabwe.

Natasha and Other Stories
Natasha and Other Stories By Bezmozgis, David, 1973- (Book - 2004 ) FIC B All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Offbeat, sympathetic and humorous stories portray a Russian Jewish family's adjustment to life in Toronto, Canada.

On the Wing
On the Wing To the Edge of the Earth With the Peregrine Falcon By Tennant, Alan, 1943- (Book - 2004 ) 598.96 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Tennant takes us on an exhilarating and edifying quest to track the transcontinental journey of the peregrine falcon.

The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America By Roth, Philip (Book - 2004 ) FIC R and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:"History is a very sudden thing," writes Roth. The varied responses of ordinary people are portrayed in this fictional account of fascism in America.

Rats
Rats Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants By Sullivan, Robert, 1963- (Book - 2004 ) 599.3521 S and more… All copies in use Availability details Holds: 7

Annotation:An eye-opening account of the complex and unappreciated world of our rodent rivals.

The Second Life of Samuel Tyne
The Second Life of Samuel Tyne By Edugyan, Esi (Paperback - 2004 ) FIC E Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Sinister twins and a father's struggle to fulfill his dreams pervade this haunting story of a Ghanaian family's arrival in a new town.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals
The Sex Lives of Cannibals Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific By Troost, J. Maarten (Book - 2004 ) 306.0996 T and more… Available to borrow in some locations Holds: 2

Annotation:Mistakenly envisioning a tropical paradise, Troost moves to the Pacific Island of Kiribati and ultimately produces this hilarious tale of life along the equator.

The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind By Ruiz Zafón, Carlos, 1964- (Book - 2004 ) FIC R and more… In-library use only at this time in some locations

Annotation:A young booklover in Barcelona finds murder, metaphysics and madness among the secrets of a forgotten novel in this engrossing epic from Spain.

So Quietly the Earth
So Quietly the Earth By Lee, David, 1944 August 13- (Book - 2004 ) 811 Lee and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Landscape meditations on the American Southwest; these poems begin with walking tours at dawn and explore earth, fire, water and air.

Soul City
Soul City A Novel By Touré, 1971- (Book - 2004 ) In-library use only in some locations

Annotation:The ingenious portrayal of a utopian African-American city, brimming with pop-culture and social satire.

Swimming to Antarctica
Swimming to Antarctica Tales of A Long-distance Swimmer By Cox, Lynne, 1957- (Book - 2004 ) B Cox and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:An inspiring chronicle of the swimmer's perilous crossings and her extraordinary relationship with the water.

The Tyrant's Novel
The Tyrant's Novel By Keneally, Thomas (Book - 2004 ) FIC K and more… Available to borrow in some locations

Annotation:Offered a position by Great Uncle as the official poet and scribe of their Middle Eastern country, Alan Sheriff is given an impossible task.

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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, Julia Clark, Frannie Crook (Chair), Malynda Dalton, Francie Einenkel, Glenn Mills, Forest Turner. Selected titles appearing on this booklist may be available in recorded, braille or large print versions.


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