Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the hardships of the pilgrims, from freezing weather, starvation and altercations with Natives.Tags: 2000-2009, non-fiction,
Books Published in ‘ 2000-2009 ’
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.Tags: 2000-2009, historical fiction, young adult,
In a series of compelling and introspective letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, Eva Khatchadourian dissects her married life and her mothering of her son Kevin and daughter Celia in the aftermath of Kevin’s Columbine-like school slaying of seven classmates, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher.Tags: 2000-2009, general fiction,
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is based on the life of the author, who “was a revolutionary who lost his ideals in heroin, a philosopher who lost his integrity in crime, and a poet who lost his soul in a maximum-security prison.”Tags: 2000-2009, general fiction,
In 1937 Shanghai, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree—until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America.Tags: 2000-2009, historical fiction,
The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since.
Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones.
Gretchen Rubin spends a year learning about the scientific research on happiness and trying to figure out what it is that makes her happy.Tags: 2000-2009, 2009, non-fiction,
In Stalin’s Soviet Union, a murderer is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Officer Leo Demidov has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, he must risk everything to find a criminal that the State won’t admit even exists.Tags: 2000-2009, mystery and suspense,
In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity’ s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.Tags: 2000-2009, general fiction,
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease changes her life.Tags: 2000-2009, 2009, general fiction, top pick,