Tag "2009 Books of the Year"

Top Ten Books of 2009: The Complete List

Here are my top ten books of 2009. 1. Wendell Berry, Leavings: Poems 2. Dan Baum, Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans 3. Andrew J. Cherlin, Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today 4. Frederick Barthelme, Waveland 5. Jim Tomlinson, Nothing Like an Ocean: Stories 6. Terry Teachout, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong 7. Gilbert Meilaender, Neither Beast Nor God: The Dignity of

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number One

Wendell Berry, Leavings: Poems For years, I’ve read one of Wendell Berry’s “Sabbath Poems” every Sunday afternoon. I rarely stop thinking about it throughout the week. I’ve said earlier that this list of ten books is in random order and, for the most part, that’s true. But this one deserves to be number one on my list (even though it is technically copyrighted 2010). This collection of poems is reflective,

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Two

Dan Baum, Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans “Stop thinking of New Orleans as the worst-organized city in the United States,” author Dan Baum starts off this book. “Start thinking of it as the best-organized city in the Caribbean.” Baum, a writer for magazines such as the New Yorker, spends the next 319 pages showing us what he means. The book is “a multi-voiced biography” of nine ordinary

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Three

Andrew J. Cherlin, The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today As you go to your family gatherings this holiday season, you might wonder why so many of the twenty- and thirty-somethings there are on their second or third spouses, while very few of the seventy-somethings are. This book will help explain the trends in American culture that led to this hollowness. This book is important

Top Ten Books of 2009, Number Four

Frederick Barthelme, Waveland “Waveland was like Baghdad if the Air Force had hit it really hard: gone.” That’s the description this novel gives you of the town in Hancock County, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina. This book, written by University of Southern Mississippi writer Frederick Barthelme, looks at the human catastrophes of broken marriages against the backdrop of the natural catastrophe of a ravaged coastline. This novel explores the meanings of