Sunday, November 28, 2010

New York Times (NYT) Most Notable - 2010

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.

NONFICTION

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.

CHARLIE CHAN: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History. By Yunte Huang.

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.

EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History. By S. C. Gwynne.

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.

FINISHING THE HAT: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes. By Stephen Sondheim.

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.

OPERATION MINCEMEAT: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory. By Ben Macintyre.

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 POSSESSED: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them. By Elif Batuman.

THE PRICE OF ALTRUISM: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness. By Oren Harman.

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.

SCORPIONS: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices. By Noah Feldman.

SECRET HISTORIAN: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade. By Justin Spring.

SUPREME POWER: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court. By Jeff Shesol.

THE TALENTED MISS HIGHSMITH: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith. By Joan Schenkar.

THE TENTH PARALLEL: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. By Eliza Griswold.

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.

1 comment:

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

wouldn't have known this without you. Great books on this list. I am still wondering if Freedom would win an award.