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My Top Ten of 2014 - Marcus L.

OrfeoGet your pens and your paper ready for more reading suggestions from our staff!  Today's Top Ten of 2014 list comes from Marcus L. of RCL - Roseville!

1)  Orfeo - Richard Powers
An avant-garde musician wants to leave a legacy to his daughter.  I rarely read a book where I want to stop and play the music that is being discussed, but I did that over and over.   This is a beautiful rumination on what music is, and can be, as well an engaging story

2) Magician's Land - Lev Grossman
Someone of you know I dread most trilogies.  If I love the first two, I'm really worried the author can't wrap it all up and make a complete story.  Grossman rose to the occasion and gave this the ending that it needed.  My favorite fantasy series since Pullman's His Dark Materials.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
3) The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
The power of an independent bookstore on a small island community?  What's not to love?

4) Sepharad -

5) An Unnecessary Woman - Rabih Alameddine
I'm grateful for this book that introduced me to new writers I have loved- like Sepharad. The story of an elderly Beiruti woman's reflection on the books that have sustained her in a difficult life. 

6) The Sea Inside - Philip Hoare
Non-fiction journey around the world exploring what connects us to great bodies of water, and how we interact with what lives there can help us define who we are.Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking

7) The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance - Edmund de Wall
A family memoir that touches on major art and political events starting in  19th century France up to modern day Japan. 

8) Cinnamon and Gunpowder - Eli Brown
A female pirate kidnaps a male chef in 1819 and makes him cook her new delights every week or it's the plank?  So much fun.

9) Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking:  A memoir of food and longing- Anya Von Bremzen
A Russian Jew's experience as an immigrant understood by her exploration of the food of her youth. 

10) Zone - Mathias Énard
Well, another 500 page sentence, another ruminating story of crossing boundaries and questioning what is authenticity and our voice in the midst of brutality.


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