Perusing THE ECONOMIST’S Best Books of the Year 2008

Books self is interested in reading after perusing The Economist’s list of “Best Books of 2008”:

Biography

Politics and Current Affairs

History

Science and Technology

Culture and Digressions

Fiction and Memoirs

  • Sea of Poppies:  A Novel, by Amitav Ghosh, “tells the intricate stories of a cast of hundreds in lustrous and mesmerizing prose”
  • Lush Life, by Richard Price, “a whodunnit with literary heft”
  • The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry, “a moving and memorable novel about conflicting versions of Ireland’s past”
  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differ:  The Paradox of Modern Iran, by Hooman Majd, an “illuminating, critical and affectionate memoir”
  • Palestinian Walks:  Forays Into a Vanishing Landscape, by Raja Shehadeh, “tells the story of a lawyer’s fight against Israel’s seizure of Palestinian land and how he seeks solace by walking in the wild countryside of the West Bank”
  • The Three of Us:  A Family Story, by Julia Blackburn, “a raw and moving story about a chaotic family and a lost childhood”


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