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Notes from No Man’s Land

(Books, Fiction, Nonfiction, Best of 2009) Permanent link

The best book I read in 2009 was the last one I read:  Notes from No Mans Land by Eula Biss. This stunning compilation of thirteen essays that cover topics ranging from the history of telephone poles, an early 1900s mining town named Buxton, teaching in Harlem, and Hurricane Katrina all touch on race in America in a fresh, compelling way.  It won the 2008 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize so if you didnt catch it in 2008 or 2009, definitely put it on your list for 2010.




Other favorites I read in 2009:

Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough

Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris

What Men Call Treasure by David Schweidel

Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner

Hot, Flat & Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad

The Believers by Zoe Heller

Everett Ruess: a Vagabond for Beauty by W.L. Rusho

Red:  Passion and Patience in the Desert by Terry Tempest Williams

Methland  by Nick Reding

The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolano

Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout


Notes from No Man's Land

Posted by Steve Siebers at 01/05/2010 08:10:31 AM