Sunday, January 01, 2006


THESE are just some of the thumping good reads we can look forward to in 2006.

Half of a Yellow Sun / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Lost City Radio / Daniel Alarcón
Alentejo Blue / Monica Ali
House of Meetings / Martin Amis
Brookland / Emily Barton
Racists / Kunal Basu
The Sisters Mortland / Sally Beauman
We Are All Welcome Here / Elizabeth Berg
Restless / William Boyd
Theft / Peter Carey
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union / Michael Chabon
Sacred Games / Vikram Chandra
The Meaning of Night: A Confession / Michael Cox
Watch Me Disappear / Jill Dawson
The Inheritance of Loss / Kiran Desai
Paula Spencer / Roddy Doyle
House of Orphans / Helen Dunmore
In the Company of the Courtesan / Sarah Dunant
The Keep / Jennifer Egan
The Unknown Terrorist / Richard Flanagan
The Lay of the Land / Richard Ford
Keeping the World Away / Margaret Forster
The Whole World Over / Julia Glass
Queen of the Underworld / Gail Godwin
Intuition / Allegra Goodman
An Irresponsible Age / Lavinia Greenlaw
The Dream Life of Sukhanov / Olga Grushin
The Match / Romesh Gunesekera
A Spot of Bother / Mark Haddon
Dreams of Speaking / Gail Jones
Forgetfulness / Ward Just
Home / Manju Kapur
The Woman Who Waited / Andreï Makine (trans. from the French by Geoffrey Strachan)
So Many Ways to Begin / Jon McGregor
The Good Life / Jay McInerney
A Family Daughter / Maile Meloy
The Emperors Children / Claire Messud
Black Swan Green / David Mitchell
Natural Flights of the Human Mind / Clare Morrall
The Story of You / Julie Myerson
The Light of Evening / Edna O’Brien
Be Near Me / Andrew O’Hagan
Cleaver / Tim Parks
Ludmilla’s Broken English / D.B.C. Pierre
The Echo Maker / Richard Powers
Everyman / Philip Roth
A Dead Language / Peter Rushforth
Tannersville / Richard Russo
Send Me / Patrick Ryan
Cripple Creek / James Sallis
The Book of Dave / Will Self
The Man of My Dreams / Curtis Sittenfeld
A Bit of Earth / Rebecca Smith
A Million Nightingales / Susan Straight
Abide with Me / Elizabeth Strout
Kept / D.J. Taylor
Digging to America / Anne Tyler
The Space Between Us / Thrity Umrigar
Terrorist / John Updike
The Other Side of You / Salley Vickers
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits / Ayelet Waldman
The Night Watch / Sarah Waters
The Shadow Catcher / Marianne Wiggins

The Tent / Margaret Atwood
Twilight of the Superheroes / Deborah Eisenberg
Stick Out Your Tongue (trans. from the Chinese by Flora Drew) / Ma Jian
Matters of Life and Death / Bernard MacLaverty
The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories / Valerie Martin
The Female of the Species: Tales of Mystery and Suspense / Joyce Carol Oates
High Lonesome: Stories 1966-2006 / Joyce Carol Oates
Mothers and Sons / Colm Tóibín
The Royal Ghosts / Samrat Upadhyay

Dear Ghosts / Tess Gallagher
Averno / Louise Glück
District and Circle / Seamus Heaney
Without Title / Geoffrey Hill
Swithering / Robin Robertson
My Noiseless Entourage / Charles Simic
God’s Silence / Franz Wright

The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah / Karen Armstrong
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid / Bill Bryson
A Lie About My Father / John Burnside
Running for the Hills / Horatio Clare
Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life / Michael Dirda
On Trying to Keep Still / Jenny Diski
Regards: The Selected Nonfiction of John Gregory Dunne / John Gregory Dunne
Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times / Amitav Ghosh
The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963 / Gail Godwin (edited by Rob Neufeld)
The Sailor in the Wardrobe / Hugo Hamilton
Seducing the Demon: Writing for Your Life / Erica Jong
A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveler / Frances Mayes
Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond / Pankaj Mishra


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