Top Books 2012

With most of the year in India and Malaysia, this year’s book list is rather short.  I read more people and places than pages in 2012.


Novels
J. G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur, 1973
Shamini Flint, Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder, 2009
Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, 2008
Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums, 1958
Morris West, Lazarus, 1990


India
William Dalrymple, City Of Djinns: A Year in Delhi, 1993
Larry Habegger, Travelers’ Tales: India, 1995
Sam Miller, Delhi: Adventures in a Megacity, 2010
Devdutt Pattanaik, Seven Secrets from Hindu Calendar Art, 2009
Katherine Russell Rich, Dreaming in Hindi: Life in Translation, 2009
Amartya Sen, The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity, 2005


Language
Stephen Anderson, Languages: A Very Short Introduction, 2012
Bill Bryson, The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, 1990
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, 2000
E. M. Rickerson & Barry Hilton, The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-Sized Essays on Language and Languages, 2012
William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 2006


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