Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Best Of...

It's that time of the year again. I l-o-v-e the holiday season. I just do. I love it so much that the unbelievable embarrassment of commercialism that takes over doesn't bother me. I just go on one of my anti-capitalism campaigns* after the holidays and all is right in the world. I love so many things about it that I think I'll list them periodically. Just to relish the feeling.

I love the end of the year "Best Books of 2004." I love books and I love to read about new unknown books. These lists are usually stacked with titles that are obscure. I saw my first today via
Bookslut. I have no idea who this guy is (Neal Pollack, should I know him?!) but I will record his top five here because they (for the most part) are titles that are lesser known. Most importantly, they sound good. Go to his website to read why they were chosen.

Wake Up, Sir! by Jonathan Ames

My Old Man by Amy Sohn.

I, Fatty by Jerry Stahl.

The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman.

What are your favorite books of 2004? Mind you, these are books that were published this year. I have to try to figure out if I've even read any!

*I am famous for these campaigns. Okay, famous in my own head. Which really is the most important place to have any level of fame. The campaign consists of not buying anything that isn't needed (food, etc.) in an effort to thwart the big commercial boxes of the country. The longest I've ever gone - 8 months. For real. No cloths, shoes, books. Nothing. I haven't tried this since I've started knitting.

Hey Alison - I would love some bath bomb making resources...point me in the right direction. Which Alison are you?!

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Blogger Elisa said...

Dude - tell us the Banff story already. ;)

I understand about being famous in your own head. It's like being the coolest girl in your house that only has one girl. heh heh heh...

I don't know if I read any books published in 2004. I'll have to go home and look. Oh, I do know one: "Sushi for Beginners" by Marian Keyes. Sweet.

Feel better and have a terrific Thanksgiving!

11/24/2004 1:59 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Hey there - hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I'm not going to make it tonight (Elisa will fill you in :) but I just wanted to make a few comments:

1) 2004 book recommendations:

The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
Heir to the Glimmering World - Cynthia Ozick

*Disclaimer* I haven't read either one, these are two of the titles we published that are supposed to be very good. I'm hoping to acquire copies through my people who know people.

2) Have you read American Gods by Neil Gaiman? I'm halfway through this one, and if you like these sorts of books, you would enjoy this read. Not a 2004 title, but still.

By the way, I'm amazed at your boycott of the commercial world. That's some serious resolve. I mean, really, no *shoes* for 8 months?!? ;)

Have fun tonight!!


11/29/2004 5:12 PM  

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