Wednesday, December 3, 2008

NYTBR Top 10 Books of 2008

The New York Times Book Review has distilled its list of 100 notable books down to the top 10. The fiction titles are:
  • Dangerus Laughter: Thirteen Stories by Steven Millhauser
  • A Mercy by Toni Morrison
  • Netherland by Joseph O'Neill
  • 2666 by Roberto BolaƱo
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
I've only read Netherland and Unaccustomed Earth, and I think both those titles deserve to be on the list, particularly Unaccustomed Earth. I hope to read 2666 sometime soon.

The non-fiction titles are:
  • The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer
  • The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
  • Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes
  • This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
  • The World is What it Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul by Patrick French

I'm in the middle of The Forever War, and it's great so far. I'm also interested in the Barnes and French titles.

GalleyCat points out the strange fact that this list of ten books includes seven books published by Alfred A. Knopf and one published by a Knopf inprint (Pantheon). A mere coincidence?

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