BOOKS - "Our Reviewers Pick Their Favorites for
The Providence Journal
January 1, 2006
Marie Lee (Reviewer)
1. SATURDAY, by Ian McEwen. (Doubleday. 298 pages. $26.) McEwen is excruciatingly
precise in his cataloging of all the small moments that make up a day
in the life of a middle-aged neurosurgeon, in which nothing and everything
2. A WILD RIDE UP THE CUPBOARDS, by Ann Bauer. (Scribner. 279 pages. $24.)
A startling story of a family pushed off the "normal" track
and the ways its members struggle to get back.
3. THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING, by Joan Didion. (Knopf. 219 pages. $23.95.)
Even those unfamiliar with Didion's earlier work will likely find this
slim volume revelatory and moving.
4. REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE, by Ed Bok Lee. (New Rivers Press. 96 pages.
$13.95 paperback.) Prose and poems of our global and transitory America.
Unnerving -- in a good way. Winner of the Many Voices Prize.
5. INCIDENTAL FINDINGS: Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine,
by Danielle Ofri. (Beacon Press. 224 pages. $23.95.) An honest and unswerving
look at the world of medicine through the eyes of an insightful doctor.