Favorite Works Published Between 2000 and 2010What are your favorite works published between 2000 and 2010?

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"Modern" works just don't typically get me too excited, though I'm sure there is plenty of good writing being done. So, when I do find something I like, I get it for my entire family. The only work of fiction I've given them from the last ten years is Peace Like a River. Now that I've admitted this, I'm determined to moveinto the new millennium of fiction. Thanks for so many inspiring ideas!

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I have really enjoyed the historical fiction of Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series and Diana Galbaldon's Outlander series, which began in the late 90s and continued on into the last decade.

I don't read as much as I would like, but I find myself sometimes reading an old classic that I have never read, or rereading something that is a favorite.

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson was haunting. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe was interesting.

So many books; so little time.

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2066 by Roberto Bolaño gets my vote. It had some competition from many others but it stands out.

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I'm getting some great ideas here for some new books. To name just a few of mine that kept me turning pages--

The Last Juror; John Grisham

South of Broad; Pat Conroy

1776; David McCullough

Boom!; Tom Brokaw

Game Change; John Heilemann & Mark Halperin

Moonlight Mile; Dennis Lehane

The Help; Kathryn Stockett

I just ordered The Paris Wife about Hadley Richardson's life with Hemingway in Paris. It is a novel, but the reviews are good; they say it is based on extensive research.

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The Corrections, by Jonathan Franzen

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

The Children's Book, by A.S. Byatt

I thought this was a great decade for fiction, and I haven't even thought about my non-fiction list yet. Has anyone read Franzen's latest yet?  The Corrections was one of the most psychologically astute books I have ever read.  And The Kite Runner is such a   teachable book, with its themes, parallels, symmetry, and imagery.   Byatt's book was like eating a rich and nutritious dessert.

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In addition to Ian McEwan's Atonement which has already been discussed in other posts, I loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun (2006). The novel narrates the creation of the independent Biafran state, which Nigerian forces crushed in a violent civil war, from the point of view of three very different characters: a white intellectual, an educated middle-class Biafran woman and a houseboy. I liked the mixture of personal and political dimensions which made history and politics come alive in the existence of the characters. I also enjoyed the references to Frederick Douglass and the way this historical figure was important for the intellectual and political development of the houseboy. I found this book a real page-turner.

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Some standouts:

  • William Boyd - Any Human Heart
  • Haruki Murakami - After Dark / his memoir on running
  • Tim Winton - Breath
  • Michael Pollan - Omnivore's Dilemma
  • China Mieville - City & the City / Bas-Lag novels
  • Neal Stephenson - The Baroque novels
  • Margaret Atwood - Oryx & Crake / Year of the Flood
  • Annie Proulx - Close Range
  • Cormac McCarthy - The Road / No Country for Old Men
  • Lemony Snicket - The Slippery Slope
  • Richard Dawkins - Greatest Show on Earth
  • Bill Bryson - Short History of Nearly Everything


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I have enjoyed The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards and several of Jodi Picoult's novels: House Rules being my favourite so far.

I have also appreciated the effect on younger students of Harry Potter and Zac Power. Whatever gets them reading has my vote!

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I'm currently reading some Robert Harris novels I really enjoy. they are about the life of the ancient Roman leader Cicero, as told from the point of view of his personal scribe, Tiro. The first one is Imperium, published in 2006; the second is Conspirata (also called Lustrum in the UK), and the third is yet to be published. Good reads if you like ancient history, but written in an excellent contemporary style. His Pompeii is also worth reading. It is, of course, set, in the last days of that ancient city.  

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I love many of the works mentioned above, but I also have been reading much more young adult literature since my sons are middle and elementary school and I have low-level readers in my classes.  I LOVE the Hunger Games series.  Such fun to read!

Anything by Philippa Gregory floats my boat, also.  So, so good!

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So many to choose from! However, one of my all time favourties has to be Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. In addition, I have been greatly challenged as well by Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I am always a bit suspicious of new books, and like to see if they stand the test of time before reading them and joining the Oprah Winfrey crew, but these are two that I have really enjoyed.

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What a great discussion.  I'm always curious about other teacher/scholar favorites when it comes to good reads.  My selections are all over the board for reasons why I liked them, but here are the books that had me talking the longest:

  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Anything by Michael Pollan
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My favorite newer book is The Book Thiefby Marcus Zusak.  I am teaching it right now along with Night.  It is a clever book, and one of the reasons I like it so much is because it adds something new to the Holocaust literature.  It is narrated by Death, which is unusual enough, but it also takes place among German citizens, including a family hiding a Jewish man.  The narration is unusual and bizarre, and although the book is long it is hard to put down.  Zusak is a new author to watch!

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Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson

The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

Room, Emma Donoghue

Innocent Traitor, Alison Weir

Portrait of an Unknown Woman, Vanora Bennett

The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue

The Boleyn Inheritance, Philippa Gregory

Darwin's Radio, Greg Bear

Everything by James Rollins, Jeremy Robinson, and Charlaine Harris--my guilty pleasures!

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One of the best books in the last year was The Help by Katherine Stockett.  Thoroughly readable and left me wanting more.

I am a huge fan Christopher Moore, and especially loved Lamb:  The Fifth Gospel of Christ as told by Biff, his childhood pal.  Seems irreverant, but is actually funny and thought-provoking at the same time.

Ian McEwan has such a way with storytelling.  Saturday is excellent, and I thought Atonement was phenomenal.

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I'm low brow in terms of literature so my only real favorites in that area were the last four Harry Potter books.

As far as non-fiction, I'm a bit more refined.  Some things I've enjoyed since 2000 include

  • The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse by Gregg Easterbrook.
  • Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change since the 1980s by Jeff Kingston
  • The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, by Sean Wilentz
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The Tiger by John Valliant

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini was the best book I've read this decade. It's sad, scary, and powerful. I love this book and will list it as one of my most favorite books I've ever read in my entire life.

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Favorite Works Published Between 2000 and 2010

What are your favorite works published between 2000 and 2010?

I recently finished reading The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I was a bit skeptical and was not sure I wanted to read this book because I am not a big fan of the Twilight series. I am glad that I ignored my first instincts. The Host is a beautiful piece of science fiction writing and presents many topics for debate or discussion. I would highly recommend it to anyone and would love to one day use it in the classroom.

I also love anything written by John Sandford who writes the Prey novels. I thoroughly enjoy Sandford's writing style. It is clever, concise, and full of action. Sandford has recently written a few novels with a spin-off character from the Prey series and these novels are just as good as his other works. I recommend Bad Blood, Heat Lightning, and Dark of the Moon.

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How will the future look when human interaction becomes almost totally obsolete? What will it mean to be human in such a world? Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story offers up a dystopian look at the not-so-distant, not so far-off future and suggests our identities are, in fact, predicated upon our relationships. Without them, including even those we have to form, however briefly, at the checkout counter, we become something other than what we believe ourselves to be today.

From a theoretical perspective, Cary Wolfe’s groundbreaking project entitled What is Posthumanism? (2010) addresses the truth that exists in the gap between structuralism and post-structuralism. Using film, architecture and cultural studies (to name a few), he introduces us to the world of “human” as construct.

The prolific Žižek has published more than a handful of works this decade, but The Parallax View (2006) might be the most challenging and most demanding. His jumping-off point is a deconstructed Kantian/Hegelian identity vis-à-vis Lacan. And it only gets better from there.

And since we’re on the subject, Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark (I hope we can all agree that film = text!) was released in 2000 to, at best, mixed reviews. Variously taking on vision/blindness (and perhaps, through this binary, even phallologocentrism) and law/justice, the cinema vérité realism begs to be deconstructed. See Wolfe for the posthumanist approach to the film.

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My favorite newer book is The Book Thiefby Marcus Zusak.  I am teaching it right now along with Night.  It is a clever book, and one of the reasons I like it so much is because it adds something new to the Holocaust literature.  It is narrated by Death, which is unusual enough, but it also takes place among German citizens, including a family hiding a Jewish man.  The narration is unusual and bizarre, and although the book is long it is hard to put down.  Zusak is a new author to watch!

Mine too. I'm teaching it to my tenth graders. Most of them really like it, including my 'non-readers." I have an audio version which is very well done; they enjoy listening to it now and then.

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