Saturday, February 05, 2011

WSJ picks best novels by men in 2010

Best Novels by Men in 2010. 
The Wall Street Journal writer Cynthia Crossen (booklover@wsj.com) picked her favorite novels by men. 

"Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey. (19th Century America)

"The Wake of Forgiveness" by Bruce Machart  (early 20th century Texas)

"Matterhorn" by Karl Marlantes.  (Vietnam War)

"The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell  (late 18th century Japan)

"One Day" by David Nicholis (English love story)

"What Is Left the Daughter" by Howard Norman  A tragedy is a catalyst

"Man in the Woods" by Scott Spencer  A carpenter hero

These all sound like good reads as well as books full of meaning and emotion.  I'm going to buy "The Wake of Forgiveness" for my uncle who grew up in that Texas milieu and will certainly appreciate it.  Our family came from North Georgia and trekked to Texas early in the century.  There's still a deserted old homestead in Elath County that has musket balls and maybe even arrowheads buried in the walls.  

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