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December 18, 2004

On the Merits of Weschler 0


Brooklyn’s Doug Diesenhaus shares his favorite read of the year. Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet Of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler – In reading Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, I had an experience similar to the author’s sense of dislocation in observing his seductive subject, the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. He writes, “the visitor to […]

December 17, 2004

From One Foodie to Another 0


Edan Lepucki is extremely well-read, but she also has a not-so-secret passion for cookbooks. Thankfully she has decided to share the wealth with this guide to the year’s best. Over the past two years, my hobby for cooking food, (and then, eating it), has become a somewhat overwhelming passion. Now that I’m knee-deep in a […]

December 16, 2004

LBJ and Much More 0


Patrick Brown, one of my old bookstore compatriots, is now living in Iowa, a circumstance that affords him a lot of reading time. Here are his favorite reads of the year: Non-Fiction (and Best overall for the year): Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 2 by Robert Caro. This biography, which is […]

December 15, 2004

Booker Winner is Best 0


My good friend Garth, writer, rocker, and erstwhile purveyor of Hot Face wrote in with his favorite read of the year. The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst — Callow young aesthete Nick Guest is a devotee of late-period Henry James, whose style, he says, “conceals things and reveals things.” In Alan Hollinghurst’s portrait of […]

December 14, 2004

More from the Left Coast 0


Rodger Jacobs, author of the book Christopher Walken and the Tuna Fish Sandwich and Other L.A. Stories, shares with us the best books he read this year. Best books I’ve read this year? Well, I’m still going to stand behind Michelle Huneven’s Jamesland even though I had some minor quibbles with it. Next to that […]

December 13, 2004

Eight from a Bookseller 0


Lisa is a bookseller from Colorado whose eclectic tastes are appreciated here at The Millions. Non-FictionThe Elements of Lavishness: Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell 1938-1978: In this delightful volume English novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner and New Yorker editor William Maxwell’s relationship blossoms from professional correspondence to a deep friendship. The two never […]

December 11, 2004

AKA Dr. Srangelove 0


My good friend Derek is deep into his first year of law school. He reads not for pleasure but for salvation. Eight Secrets Top Exam Performance in Law School performance by ___ Whitebread: Yes, it’s depressing that a law school book with a cheesy name is one of my top books of the year but […]

December 10, 2004

And from the Missus 0


Believe it or not, Mrs. Millions reads circles around me, she just doesn’t feel compelled to maintain a blog about it (I know, crazy). But I was able to convince her to send along a note about the best book she read this year. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole — Ignatius J. […]

December 9, 2004

Two Bests from the Left Coast 1


Brian from Los Angeles, one of the most prolific readers I have ever known, sent along his to favorites for 2004 (as we continue The Millions End of Year Extravaganza) Non-Fiction: The Fall Of Baghdad (excerpt) — It is to our great benefit that Jon Lee Anderson was one of the very few journalists to […]

December 8, 2004

Return of The Gaviero 0


There are some books that just demand to be reread. For Emre, who I’m hoping will become a regular contributor to The Millions, the book he reread this year is also the best book he read this year. I never read a book twice until The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. When I finished reading […]