25 Books to Remember from 2005
Annotation:The complex life of the pioneering physicist is fully explored in this rich combination of biography and 20th Century scientific and political history.
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.
Annotation:The dramatic story of two boxers provides a context for understanding the political, cultural and social tensions leading up to World War II.
Annotation:Bordewich’s thoroughly researched history of the Underground Railroad compellingly examines the abolitionist movement and the nation’s shifting sentiment about slavery
Annotation:Watson vividly reconstructs the story of 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a watershed moment in American labor history.
Annotation:This wonderful romp follows two naturalists and an artist in search of a carnivorous marsupial presumed to be extinct. Illustrated by Alexis Rockman.
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.
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.
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.