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ALA Notable Books 2006/2007 – A Selection

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ALA Notable Books – Best of 2006 and 2007
Courtyard Book Chats, June 12, 2007
Pat L.

From the 2007 list:

The Whistling Season
by Ivan Doig
Rural Montana in 1909 is the central character in this humorous novel of life on the prairie. Change moves in with a widow from Minneapolis.

The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
In McCarthy’s unrelenting tale, a father and son struggle to survive on their journey through the deadly, rempty winter of a postapocalyptic America.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel [741.5 Bec]Bechdel’s memoir, done in graphic-novel form, masterfully illustrated her relationship with her closeted homosexual father.

There Is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Africa’s Children
by Melissa Fay Greene [362.73 Gre]The scope of the AIDS epidemic is illustrated through the heartwarming story of Haregewoin Teferra, a humanitarian who runs an orphanage in Ethiopia.

Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present
by Peter Hessler [951.06 Hes]An American journalist compellingly contrasts China’s past, as revealed through ancient artifacts, with the fiercely competitive spirit of the new generation.

From the 2006 list:

Midnight at the Dragon Cafe
by Judy Fong Bates
In this deeply moving coming-of-age story, a young Chinese girl and her family struggle to adapt to life in a small Ontario community.

Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson
A small-town Iowa minister weaves together issues of conscience and commitment with family secrets in a rich tapestry of American life.

A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City
by Anonymous [940.534 Ano]This disturbing diary, written after the fall of Berlin, recalls the mass rape perpetrated by Russian forces and the harrowing choices a woman had to make to survive.

Shockwave: Count-down to Hiroshima
by Stephen Walker [940.542 Wal]History is brought dramatically alive in this moment-by-moment account of the events immediately surrounding the bombing of Hiroshima.

Annotations in this booklist are from the ALA’s Notable Books website. Booktalk handout prepared by Pat L., 6-07.