New York Times Book Review: 10 Best Books of 2006

Four hours of sleep, tremendous eyebags. Today, must exercise extreme caution to avoid being sighted by friends, neighbors, and, most important, students.

Checked e-mail religiously over the weekend, saw no missives from little darlings, must not yet have seen their grades, which I posted late Saturday evening, after returning from viewing of terrible Apocalypto movie with hubby.

Computer absolutely loathsome this morning, hardly deserves to be referred to as a “computer” when could not manage to peck out more than one sentence at a time before freezing. Re-started 17 times. Cursed passionately (Not, however, with as much profanity as the young woman I beheld in the Redwood City Library yesterday who screamed and yelled F—! F—! F—! at each stab of the return key. Library patrons, however, the soul of patience: no one even so much as glanced up from their computer screens. My heart, however, was thudding painfully in my chest.)

Eventually, son vacates the premises and I am able to log on from his computer. Such dedication I have for you, loyal blog readers! Following, the list of books I am interested in reading after perusing the New York Times Book Review‘s annual list of best books of the year:

FICTION

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children
Marisha Pessl’s Special Topics in Calamity Physics

NONFICTION

Danielle Trussoni’s Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir
Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between

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