Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Best Books 2011


A Visit From the Goon Squad by  Jennifer Egan
State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Emily Alone by Stewart O'Nan
So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson

Honorable Mention - The Paris Wife by Paula McLain


The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Lit by Mary Karr
The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
Where is the Mango Princess by Cathy Crimmins
Made in Detroit by Paul Clemens

Honorable Mention - Rainbow Pie by Joe Bageant

Other Distinguished books

Short Stories - Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer
Graphic work - My Perfect Life by Lynda Barry 


JoAnn said...

Great choices! I LOVED Emily, Alone (did you read Wish You Were Here first?) and State of Wonder. The Paris Wife was very good on audio, too. A few others are on my wish to investigate the rest.

Lee said...

I actually read Wish You Were Here after reading Emily Alone. Kinda weird to read out of order but it still worked out alright. O'Nan is one of my favorite writers. Guess he has a new novel out or about to be published. Happy!

Jenners said...

Wonderful list ... some I've read and some are on my wish list and others I plan to explore. I just finished The Emperor of All Maladies on audio -- it was exhausting, amazing, informative, comforting and frightening all mixed up into one book.

Lee said...

Couldn't agree more with your assessment of Emperor of All Maladies.

Anonymous said...

Lots of these are on my wish list, but I haven't read any of them! I should have asked for an extra hour a day for Christmas!