This year, the team at Sub Stances has been busy writing articles, traveling and working - but we’ve also been doing some reading of our own. Throughout the year, each of us has traveled to and from different countries with a book in tow. It was a tough call, but after talking amongst ourselves, we’ve come up with four books that we felt were the best books we read last year. So what have we been reading? Check out our top four from below (and don’t forget to add them to your Amazon wishlists!)
Josephine Bush: 1984 by George Orwell
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
Gabriella Gricius: All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein
Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation, All the President’s Men revealed the full scope of the scandal and introduced for the first time the mysterious “Deep Throat.” Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing through headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward deliver a riveting firsthand account of their reporting. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post, toppled the president, and have since inspired generations of reporters.
Jessica Hoefer: One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.
Florane Lavend’homme: "La Nostalgie Heureuse" by Amélie Nothomb.
Amélie Nothomb est née à Kobé en 1967. Dès son premier roman Hygiène de l’assassin paru en 1992, elle s’est imposée comme un écrivain singulier. En 1999, elle obtient avec Stupeur et tremblements le Grand Prix de l’Académie française. La nostalgie heureuse est son 22ème roman.