The Book Review has made these selections from books reviewed since Dec. 6, 2009, when they published their previous Notables list. Links are to NYT reviews of the books.
FICTION & POETRY
AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE. By David Goodwillie.
ANGELOLOGY. By Danielle Trussoni.
THE ASK. By Sam Lipsyte.
BOUND. By Antonya Nelson.
COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY. By Hans Keilson.
DOUBLE HAPPINESS: Stories. By Mary-Beth Hughes.
FOREIGN BODIES. By Cynthia Ozick.
FREEDOM. By Jonathan Franzen.
FUN WITH PROBLEMS: Stories. By Robert Stone.
GIRL BY THE ROAD AT NIGHT: A Novel of Vietnam. By David Rabe.
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST. By Stieg Larsson.
GREAT HOUSE. By Nicole Krauss.
HOW TO LIVE SAFELY IN A SCIENCE FICTIONAL UNIVERSE. By Charles Yu.
HOW TO READ THE AIR. By Dinaw Mengestu.
I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME. By Per Petterson. Translated by Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson. .
ILUSTRADO. By Miguel Syjuco.
THE IMPERFECTIONISTS. By Tom Rachman.
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE. By Julie Orringer.
LISA ROBERTSON’S MAGENTA SOUL WHIP. By Lisa Robertson.
THE LIVING FIRE: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2010. By Edward Hirsch.
THE LONG SONG. By Andrea Levy.
THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY. By Zachary Mason.
THE LOTUS EATERS. By Tatjana Soli.
MATTERHORN: A Novel of the Vietnam War. By Karl Marlantes.
MEMORY WALL: Stories. By Anthony Doerr.
MR. PEANUT. By Adam Ross.
THE NEAREST EXIT. By Olen Steinhauer.
THE NEW YORKER STORIES. By Ann Beattie.
ONE DAY. By David Nicholls.
THE PRIVILEGES. By Jonathan Dee.
ROOM. By Emma Donoghue.
THE SAME RIVER TWICE. By Ted Mooney.
SELECTED STORIES. By William Trevor.
SHADOW TAG. By Louise Erdrich.
SOLAR. By Ian McEwan.
SOMETHING RED. By Jennifer Gilmore.
SOURLAND: Stories. By Joyce Carol Oates.
THE SPOT: Stories. By David Means.
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. By Gary Shteyngart.
THE SURRENDERED. By Chang-rae Lee.
THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. By David Mitchell.
THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT. By Cathleen Schine.
TO THE END OF THE LAND. By David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen.
VIDA. By Patricia Engel.
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. By Jennifer Egan.
WHAT BECOMES: Stories. By A. L. Kennedy.
WHITE EGRETS: Poems. By Derek Walcott.
WILD CHILD: Stories. By T. Coraghessan Boyle.
ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis. By Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera.
APOLLO’S ANGELS: A History of Ballet. By Jennifer Homans.
BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women. By Rebecca Traister.
THE BOOK IN THE RENAISSANCE. By Andrew Pettegree.
THE BRIDGE: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama. By David Remnick.
CHANGING MY MIND: Occasional Essays. By Zadie Smith.
CHRISTIANITY: The First Three Thousand Years. By Diarmaid MacCulloch.
CLEOPATRA: A Life. By Stacy Schiff.
COLONEL ROOSEVELT. By Edmund Morris.
COMMON AS AIR: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. By Lewis Hyde.
CONTESTED WILL: Who Wrote Shakespeare? By James Shapiro.
COUNTRY DRIVING: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory. By Peter Hessler.
THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A Biography of Cancer. By Siddhartha Mukherjee.
ENCOUNTER. By Milan Kundera. Translated by Linda Asher. (Harper/HarperCollins, $23.99.) Illuminating essays on the arts in the context of a “post art” era.
THE FIERY TRIAL: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. By Eric Foner.
FOUR FISH: The Future of the Last Wild Food. By Paul Greenberg. (Penguin Press, $25.95.)
HITCH-22: A Memoir. By Christopher Hitchens. (Twelve, $26.99.)
THE HONOR CODE: How Moral Revolutions Happen. By Kwame Anthony Appiah.
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. By Rebecca Skloot.
INSECTOPEDIA. By Hugh Raffles. (Pantheon, $29.95.)
KOESTLER: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic. By Michael Scammell.
THE LAST BOY: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood. By Jane Leavy.
LAST CALL: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. By Daniel Okrent.
THE LAST HERO: A Life of Henry Aaron. By Howard Bryant.
THE LAST STAND: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. By Nathaniel Philbrick.
LIFE. By Keith Richards with James Fox.
LONG FOR THIS WORLD: The Strange Science of Immortality. By Jonathan Weiner.
THE MIND’S EYE. By Oliver Sacks.
ORIGINS: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives. By Annie Murphy Paul.
PARISIANS: An Adventure History of Paris. By Graham Robb.
PEARL BUCK IN CHINA: Journey to “The Good Earth.” By Hilary Spurling.
POPS: A Life of Louis Armstrong. By Terry Teachout.
THE PROMISE: President Obama, Year One. By Jonathan Alter.
THE PUBLISHER: Henry Luce and His American Century. By Alan Brinkley.
RATIFICATION: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. By Pauline Maier.
THE SABBATH WORLD: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time. By Judith Shulevitz.
SUPREME POWER: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. By Jeff Shesol.
TRAVELS IN SIBERIA. By Ian Frazier.
THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. By Isabel Wilkerson.
WASHINGTON: A Life. By Ron Chernow.
THE WAVE: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean. By Susan Casey.
WILLIE MAYS: The Life, the Legend. By James S. Hirsch.