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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sleepers of 2010


If you are looking for last-minute holiday gifts for a reader, the Associated Press recently published a list of some books that quietly lured more readers than expected in 2010. ("Hits, Misses and Sleepers of 2010," Dec. 20, 2010). Among them are:

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. A novel about a mysterious death in Mississippi.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman. A scholar’s comic survey of Russian literature.

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood. A delightful children’s book that celebrates the daily moments of silence.

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. A readable history of the Commanches.

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