"So tell me, what is it that you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?"
--Mary Oliver

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

books: 2007

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say, so I hope Liz and Emilie won't mind if I borrow their idea and post a list of the books I read this past year! As I typed this up, I kept thinking about how much my book choices for 2007 revealed about my life at the time, my interests, my hopes-- books about grief and loss, spirituality and church history, medieval histories and biographies, novels and essays. I'm already looking forward to compiling my 2008 list next January, and hoping it will include a few happier choices!

  1. Thin Places: Where Faith is Affirmed and Hope Dwells, Mary Treacy O'Keefe
  2. Seven Ages of Paris, Alistair Horne
  3. The Year of Pleasures, Elizabeth Berg
  4. In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction, Judith Kitchen & Mary Paumier Jones, eds.
  5. The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, David I. Kertzer
  6. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Kathleen Norris
  7. Rasputin's Daughter, Robert Alexander
  8. Basilica, the Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter's, R.A. Scott
  9. Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, Jonathan Kozol
  10. The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler
  11. Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria, Julia P. Gelardi
  12. 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeaux Tapestry, Andrew Bridegeford
  13. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith, Jon Krakauer
  14. Pope John XXIII, Thomas Cahill
  15. After Elizabeth: The Rise of James of Scotland and the Struggle for the Throne of England, Leanda deLisle
  16. French Women for all Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, & Pleasure, MirelleGuilano
  17. Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors, James Reston, Jr.
  18. The Last Apocalypse: Europe at the Year 1000, A.D., James Reston, Jr
  19. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitious 14th Century, Barbara Tuchman
  20. The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time, John Kelly
  21. The Caliph's House: A Year in Casablanca, Tahir Shah
  22. The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914, Barbara Tuchman
  23. Holy Fools, Joanne Harris
  24. Alexandra: The Last Tsarina, Carolly Erickson
  25. A Thread of Grace, Mary Dora Russell
  26. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  27. The Hundred Secret Senses, Amy Tan
  28. The Bonesetter's Daughter, Amy Tan
  29. Saving Fish From Drowning, Amy Tan
  30. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying, Maggie Callahan and Patricia Kelley
  31. The Innocent Man, John Grisham
  32. The Alpine Scandal, Mary Daheim
  33. The Ungrateful Daughters: The Stuart Princesses Who Stole Their Father's Crown, Maureen Waller
  34. The Orphaned Adult, Alexander Levy
  35. The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church, John Allen
  36. All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks, John Allen
  37. Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church, John Allen
  38. A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America, Peter Steinfels
  39. Le Divorce, Diane Johnson*
  40. Le Mariage, Diane Johnson*
  41. L'Affaire, Diane Johnson*
  42. Christina, Queen of Sweden: The Restless Life of an European Eccentric, Veronica Buckley
  43. Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times, Rabbi David Wolpe
  44. When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner*
  45. Battery Commander: Five Battle Stars (A World War II Memoir--October 1941 to December 1945), Captain James McLeod*
  46. The Pope's Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice Della Rovere, Caroline P. Murphy
  47. Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England, Alison Weir*
  48. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Alison Weir*
  49. Welcome to My Planet* (*Where English is Sometimes Spoken), Shannon Olson*
  50. Children of God Go Bowling, Shannon Olson*
  51. Snobs: A Novel, Julian Fellowes*
  52. The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory*
  53. The Queen's Fool, Philippa Gregory*
  54. The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova*
  55. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt*
  56. The City of Falling Angels, John Berendt*
  57. My Invented Country: A Memoir, Isabel Allende*
  58. Marie Antoinette, Antonia Fraser*
  59. The Fig Eater, Jody Shields*
  60. What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner, Emily Yoffe
  61. The Wives of Henry VIII, Antonia Fraser*
  62. America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, Gail Collins*
  63. Remembering the Good War: Minnesota's Greatest Generation, Thomas Saylor
  64. Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7,1944, to May 7, 1945, Stephen Ambrose*
  65. Voices of Valor: D-Day, June 6, 1944, Douglas Brinkley and Ronald J. Drez
  66. Irish Girls About Town, Maeve Binchy et al*
  67. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Azar Nafisi*
  68. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffennegger*
  69. Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott*
  70. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott*
  71. After Long Silence: A Memoir, Helen Freemont*
  72. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, Amanda Foreman*
  73. Packinghouse Daughter: A Memoir, Cheri Register*
  74. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson*
  75. Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand
  76. Catherine deMedici, Renaissance Queen of France, Leonie Frieda*
  77. On the Threshold: Home, Hardwood, & Holiness, Elizabeth Andrew*
  78. Our Greatest Gift: Meditations on Dying and Caring, Henri Nouwen
  79. The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen
  80. Mary Daheim mysteries*
  81. The Not-So-Big Life, Susan Susanka
  82. The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm, Juliet Nicholson
  83. Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, Nancy Goldstone
  84. Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present, Anne Somerset
  85. Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art From the Cults of Catholic Europe, Thomas Cahill
  86. Princesses: The Six Daughters of George III, Flora Fraser
  87. Singing Mother Home: A Daughter's Journey Through Anticipatory Grief, Donna S. Davenport
  88. Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life, Ira R. Byock
  89. A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis*
  90. Praying Our Goodbyes, Joyce Rupp
  91. The Needs of the Dying: A Guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life's Final Chapter, David Kessler
  92. The Pearl of Great Price: Gospel Wisdom for Married Couples, Julie McCarty
  93. Motherless Daughters: Legacy of Loss, Hope Edelman
*reread in 2007

2 comments:

LutherLiz said...

Wow Barb, that is a very impressive list. There are some great looking books in there. What were your favorites?

Kerry said...

I look forward to scanning your list more but can I say how much I love "Hundred Secret Senses". I was rereading that when the babies decided to pop out early.