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Monday, December 12, 2011

"NY Times" Best Books of 2011 with Paranormal Elements

     The current issue of the  NY Times Book Review (12/11/11) is dedicated to the best books of the year in various categories. Although the newspaper doesn't include a separate "Paranormal" category, their list of The 10 Best Books of 2011 includes two novels with paranormal elements, both of which I have reviewed on this blog.

Click HERE to read my review of Karen Russell's Swamplandia!
     Here is the NY Times blurb: "An alligator theme park, a ghost lover, a Styx-like journey through an Everglades mangrove jungle: Russell's first novel, about a girl's bold effort to preserve her grieving family's way of life, is suffused with humor and gothic whimsy. but the real wonders here are the author's exuberantly inventive language and her vivid portrait of a heroine who is wise beyond her years."

Click HERE to read my review of The Tiger's Wife.
     Here is the NY Times blurb: "As war returns to the Balkans, a young doctor inflects her grandfather's folk tales with stories of her own coming of age, creating a vibrant collage of historical testimony that has neither date nor dateline. Obreht, who was born in Belgrade in 1985 but left at the age of 7, has recreated, with startling immediacy and presence, a conflict she herself did not experience."

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