Book Swap Wrapup
Well with another fantastic book swap behind us, we’re closing the book on genre X 2010. Thanks to all who braved the frigid temperatures to swap with us, to the Friends of the the Oak Park Public Library for sponsoring our event, and especially to Desiree and Jennifer who baked some delicious cookies for us all.
We tried something new this year and decided to go around the table and discuss our favorite genre X selections for 2010. We had nearly unanimous opinions on our two favorites, Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli and Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. People also mentioned other favorites like The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano, Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon, and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Its been a good year for genre X books!
After our discussion, we commenced with the swap. The gift books were great and the competition was fierce, but here’s a list of the choices our swappers had to choose from, in order of opening.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
The Women by T.C. Boyle
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler
The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Werewolves of Montpellier by Jason
Thanks again to all who came out and helped us ring out the 2010 year in style. We’re looking forward to seeing you for our discussion of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides on Tuesday, January 25th at 8 pm at Molly Malone’s in Forest Park. See you next year…