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In recent years historical chronicles of illnesses have made the publishing rounds. Just as one author might tackle the sprawling historicity of the Hapsburg’s, others have recently opted to focus their research on disease. Some have taken a light, humorous approach to disease and decay, Mary Roach’s Stiff for example, as opposed to a more traditionally dense, academic style. The latter, while thorough, doesn’t really do any favors for the lay person.
It’s tempting to read The Imperfectionists as a case study for the modern newspaper: adapt or become obsolete. It’s also tempting to read The Imperfectionistsas a dramatic miniseries which makes it difficult not to compare it to other dramatic period pieces, notably Mad Men. This would be a mistake, though.
Personally, I couldn’t be happier watching my generational peers resurrecting creature comforts of their childhood. I’m not sure you should expect to see baseball card trading outposts cropping up in your local strip mall, but comic books are coming back in a big way (as are 8-bit style games in the form of phone apps, 90’s era punk derivatives, and gaudy fluorescent fashion. Yep, not so thrilled for that last one.)
If you are in the midst of pursuing a career as a professional reviewer, be it film, literature, fine dining, or craft sales in sub-Saharan Africa these ramblings are probably not directed to you (unless of course you take issue with my gross negligence of common grammar rules). No, this musing is about making reading an intensely personal experience.
Please indulge me while I channel my inner Rob Fleming, the list makers’ list maker. While Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity protagonist might chide me for my lack of brevity and keeping the list to an essential five, that just wouldn’t be fair to omit five extraordinary books. So here we go; my personal favorites I’ve read this year.