For the rest of the year, we're counting down our top ten favorite books of 2013, one a day, as voted on by the Darien librarians! Coming in at number 2: Transatlantic, by Colum McCann. This book was not just one of our Fall Book Discussion Picks, but was also featured in November's Five Minutes with Jen video (along with a few other Top 10 favorites!). Stephanie wrote for You Are What You Read: "“I approached this with trepidation. McCann is a great writer so one always does. Short sentences, short thoughts, then deep thoughts. Interwoven stories through modern Irish history, from several perspectives, a chain. Imitable. As you can see. But nothing I do can truly imitate McCann’s clean sentences and flawless metaphors; they guide you across the pages like so many neon lights on the runway, coming in for a landing on a clear and moonless night.”"
And this isn't just a great read--it's a great listen, too. When Jeanne listened to it, she said: "I am listening to Transatlantic by Colum McCann, beautifully narrated by Geraldine Hughes in her lovely Irish lilt. Like his Let the Great World Spin, Transatlantic has a huge scope that spans centuries and continents and brings together both real and fictional characters. McCann brings his characters alive with wonderful details that surprise and alarm as they cross the great ocean, struggle against war, hunger, and inequality and make their marks on history."
We'll be announcing our #1 pick tomorrow--any guesses? Remember, our top 10 so far are:
#10: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
#9: A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
#8: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
#7: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
#6: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
#5: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
#4: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
#3: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.