So, not that any of the fiction titles on the list should surprise anyone, they all had great reviews and were all generally well received. What makes the list remarkable is that it doesn't include any of the big-hitters who had books out this year. No Philip Roth, no Don DeLillo, no Richard Russo, not even Alice Munro or Michael Chabon. The only real surprise here might be the Michael Thomas title. As far as the non-fiction goes, this should just reinforce that Emerald City and The Nine are both worth reading. Anyway, more titles to add to my wish list.
MAN GONE DOWN By Michael Thomas.
OUT STEALING HORSES By Per Petterson.
THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES By Roberto Bolaño.
THEN WE CAME TO THE END By Joshua Ferris.
TREE OF SMOKE By Denis Johnson.
IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY: Inside Iraq's Green Zone By Rajiv Chandrasekaran.
LITTLE HEATHENS: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression. By Mildred Armstrong Kalish.
THE NINE: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court By Jeffrey Toobin.
THE ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH MARSH: A Woman in World History By Linda Colley.
THE REST IS NOISE: Listening to the Twentieth Century By Alex Ross.