Books of the Year: The Best Books of 2012
1. "So Big" – Edna Ferber Edna is an ardent lover of art & beauty, who is forced to be a poor cabbage farmer, yet she neither breaks nor loses her sensitivity. She wants educated due to her back-breaking labor son to see what's valuable in life, but sometimes the understanding
comes too late.
The novel may take place in turn-of-the-century Chicago, but the questions it raises are no less relevant today. What is valuable in life? What is the connection between money and success, if it is there at all? What will make us truly happy?
T2. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake" - Jenny Wingfield This family saga was called "Southern Gothic at its best", touching "on many genres—family life, Christian fiction, coming-of-age, and suspense". USA Today wrote "anyone who loves Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird will delight in Swan, the Lakes' eleven-year-old daughter".r
From Amazon: Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion... Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed
young preacher... In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness ... But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core and setting the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.
3. "Marie Antoinette: The Portrait of an Average Woman" - Stefan Zweig Zweig is one of my favorite writers, and he didn't disappoint in this biography.( Read more...Collapse )
About his other works: "The Royal Game", a novella about a monarchist in the period after Austria's annexation, is one of the most famous of Zweig's works, but his stories on other topics are no worse. I especially like how he conveys the inner world of children, as in "Burning Secret" (a good review).
The Austrian Jewish writer had to leave his country in 1934 after Hitler's rise to power. Despite physically escaping Hitler, seeing the horrors of WW2 made him feel hopeless and in 1942 commit a joint suicide with his wife.
4. "Cows, pigs, wars & witches : the riddles of culture" - Marvin Harris Entertaining & thought provoking book.