12. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
This book was the 2006 Man Booker Prize winner. I have enjoyed many of the past Man Booker Prize winners, so I decided to check this one out as well. I have mixed feelings about this book. The plot was kind of boring as there wasn’t really much of one. I don’t always dislike that if it is well written character story, but I didn’t feel like this book was that either. However, some of the writing and the language the author used was absolutely amazing, so I’m glad I read it just for that. I’ll give it a 7 out of 10.
11. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I read this book when I was a Freshman in high school, but I decided to reread it because it is the book choice for The Big Read going on in Hampden right now. It’s really hard to review this book because of it’s classic status. It is a good book, and I realized I remembered very little of what actually happened in it, so I’m glad I reread it.
10. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
A story about the consequences that occur throughout the rest of their lives after a father delivers his own twins and gives away the daughter who is born with Down Syndrome and tells his wife she died.
For the most part I liked the book, but there was some weird stuff towards the end of the book that I thought was really bizarre to throw in there and didn’t really add to the story at all. I’ll give it a 7 out of 10.
9. The Worst hard time: the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl by Timothy Egan.
An amazing book that details life in the Dust Bowl (concentrating mostly on Texas and Oklahoma) just prior to and during the years of the Great Depression. I had heard of the Dust Bowl before reading the book, but I really had no idea what actually happened there. It is an incredible story that is both shocking and sad. It’s hard to imagine what all the people who lived there went through during this time. I give it a 9 out of 10.
8. Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor by Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh.
This book studies one neighborhood in Chicago over a number of years examining the underground economy and its effects both positive and negative. It ranges from legal stuff that isn’t reported to the government such as car repair and hair cutting to illegal activities such as prostitution and drug sales. It also examines the participants involved in some way in these activities ranging from gang members to pastors.
I give it a 7 out of 10.