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Books for Christmas

December 26, 2009General

We're short on shelf space in this house. That makes for piles of books in the basement, more in the (inaccessible) attic, and clutter elsewhere. So I decided to give two of my sons books I already owned and loved. I gave my francophile son L'Adversaire (The Adversary), by Emmanuel Carrere. It's the story of a man who lived an expanding and eventually disasterous lie. I also gave away Pete Dexter's The Paperboy, a great novel about families, newspapers, ambition and secrets, among other themes.

Other books we exchanged yesterday:

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan, which my wife is reading at this very moment.
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore (It takes place in Madison, which makes it even more appealing to me.)
Read Me by Dwight Garner (It's a century of book advertisements.)
Biocentrism: How life and consciousness are the keys tounderstanding the true nature of the universe, by Robert Lanza and Bob Berman.

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