By Decade Book ListsDreams from My Father. When the enterprising publisher bought this memoir, President Obama was merely Senator Obama and there were few indications of what was to come. The book was a key part of his mission statement about decency and optimism and helped to win him the goodwill of much of the world. As well as defining a moment in time, it also proved that Obama can write as winningly as he talks. Would it sell as well a year into his presidency? The Corrections. As good as the book?
The Top Ten Most Brilliant Books of the Decade!
This list is generated from "best of" book lists from a variety of great sources. An algorithm is used to create a master list based on how many lists a particular book appears on. Some lists count more than others. I generally trust "best of all time" lists voted by authors and experts over user-generated lists. On the lists that are actually ranked, the book that is 1st counts a lot more than the book that's th. If you have any comments, suggestions, or corrections please feel free to e-mail me.
Vibrant protagonists struggle against the confines of their worlds in novels by the likes of Rachel Kushner, Tayari Jones , Ottessa Moshfegh and more. Here, the best fiction books of A young artist descended from chestnut farmers, a field biologist, a Vietnam War veteran and six other characters brush up against the mysterious power of trees and, intertwined, sound an urgent call to preserve our environment. Available on Amazon. The author of Fates and Furies, who moved to Florida over a decade ago, channels her palpable ambivalence toward her adopted state. Margot and her teen daughter Pearl live in a car next to a Florida trailer park, poor but happy. When a dangerous man enters their lives, Pearl finds herself alone and enmeshed in a world of guns.
Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results.
As we celebrated our 10th Anniversary , we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to look back over this past decade and that books that have helped shape that time for us. We wanted to include the titles our booksellers read and loved and couldn't wait to share, books whose authors we supported and celebrated, and books that helped redefine their genres or created something entirely new. As you can imagine, as we thought back over the past ten years, that list got longer and longer! Though it wasn't easy to narrow them down to just ten, we managed it in the end, creating a list that's a fitting tribute to our first ten years. Want to make the next decade the best years of reading you've ever had?
There are decades of backlogs people insist you need to read, with hundreds of new books being added every year. For the picks, we used the Best Books of the Decade from Goodreads, through and through as they were at the time of writing, and our picks hovered around 4 stars, give or take a decimal point or two. The last guy to hop around up there was Eugene Cernan they made a documentary about him and that was back in Ready Player One is a perfect example of something good coming from video games. Couple that with gamers who are willing to kill to achieve money and fame and we have to wonder if Cline is more of a prophet than a storyteller. The setup sounds more like the start of an absurdist British novel, but make no mistake, this is Stephen King and King does suspense, not absurdity.