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Friday, December 08, 2006

Slate's Best Books of 2006!

Three cheers for Slate!

And particularly for my pal, Emily Bazelon, Slate Senior Editor, who boldly nominated NINETY-THREE IN MY FAMILY to Slate's Best Books of 2006 list. And thanks also to her sons, Eli and Simon, whose snorts of laughter apparently prompted this choice.

On Slate's list, my twenty-seven owls, pygmy hippo, and carsick gerbil finally get their chance to happily cavort with the somewhat-less-furry-and-less-happy-go-lucky characters of books by Alice Munro, Claire Messud, Richard Ford (and other, you know, serious writers of serious books). I mean, those other books are all well and good, I guess, if you don't want to know what life would be like with several armadillos and a penguin under one roof. And if you don't want to learn how to count stuff, and group stuff and add stuff up.

So thank you, Slate, for endorsing serious books AND one seriously silly book.

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