Best books of the year: | feature | Books | The GuardianSkip to main content. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free delivery with Amazon Prime. Amazon Best Sellers of Our most popular product of the year. Updated daily.
2010 Rules & Eligibility
This year we took our annual slugfest to the pub underneath our new office and came up with a list of the year's top books that could be our best ever. It wasn't any easier with a drink in hand to pick, and agree upon, the best books of , but we did it. And, as a magazine that's published continuously since and reviews over 7, books a year, we had a lot to consider. The women are back Before the full list hits in Monday's issue, here's a peek at our top So who made the cut? There's Franzen mining the American family for his canvas; Egan, the music industry; Hillenbrand, Louis Zamperini, a hero from our greatest generation; Lee, the Korean War; Skloot, one African-American woman's experience with medical research in the days of segregation; Wilkerson, the great African-American migration; Udall, a lonely Mormon polygamist; Spencer, a very American moral dilemma; Lewis, our financial crash of ; and, of course, Smith- rock and roll idol, whose literary gifts match her musical talent-delved into New York City's in the '60s and '70s and her friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe.
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom Fourth Estate was head and shoulders above any other book this year: moving, funny, and unexpectedly beautiful. I missed it when it was over. Stephen Sondheim's Finishing the Hat Virgin was like its author: fascinating, precise, opinionated, brilliant. Never has anyone made me feel so close to the terrifying and occasionally exhilarating insanity that is stand-up comedy. I enjoyed — if that can be the word — The Big Short by Michael Lewis Allen Lane , an account of how a group of people contrived to bring the banking system to its knees, to take much of your money and many of your jobs, to condemn your children to a life of debt — and got away unpunished, with millions in their own back pockets. It's in the interest of bankers to pretend that their work is too technical for lay people to follow, but in an account such as Michael Lewis's, it's really not that difficult. It's quite clear what they did.
The Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced January 07, Books published in the United States in English, including works in translation and other significant rereleases, between January 01, , and December 26, , are eligible for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published between December 27, , and December 31, , will be eligible for the awards. We analyze statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on Goodreads to nominate 15 books in each category.
The Book Review picks the year's best fiction and nonfiction.
the road not taken pdf robert frost
Her Memoirs of Hadrian , written across decades, made me truly see the ancient world for the first time. A stunning book. I rediscovered John Updike's Couples , one of the great novels of the suburbs.
As these 48 stories published in The New Yorker from through demonstrate, Beattie, even as she chronicled and satirized her posts generation, also became its defining voice. Donoghue has created one of the pure triumphs of recent fiction: an ebullient child narrator, held captive with his mother in an byfoot room, through whom we encounter the blurry, often complicated space between closeness and autonomy. In a narrative at once delicate and vigorous — rich in psychological, sociological and political meaning — Donoghue reveals how joy and terror often dwell side by side. Neither modernist nor antique, his stories are timeless. Alfred A.