Saturday, December 17, 2011

B&N Review releases "Year's Best Reading 2011: Editor's Picks" book list

Yesterday morning the editors at Barnes & Noble Review ( released a very cool recommended reading list called the “Year’s Best Reading 2011: Editor’s Picks.”

Forty-five books made the list, which was divided into three categories – fiction, nonfiction and “beyond.” What follows is a list of the books that made the list. To read more about these books as well as reviews of each, visit


“Lost Memory of Skin” by Russell Banks

“Open City” by Teju Cole

“Montecore” by Jonas Hassen Khemiri

“The Sojourn” by Andrew Krivak

“When Tito Loved Clara” by Jon Michaud

“Ghost Lights” by Lydia Millet

“The Call” by Yannick Murphy

“Mr. Fox” by Helen OyeyemI

“The Tragedy of Arthur” by Arthur Phillips

“The Devil All the Time” by Donald Ray Pollock

“Stone Arabia” by Dana Spiotta

“The Barbarian Nurseries” by Héctor Tobar

“Daniel Stein, Interpreter” by Ludmila Ulitskaya

“The Pale King” by David Foster Wallace

“Among Others” by Jo Walton


“No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf” by Carolyn Burke

“Blue Nights” by Joan Didion

“The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War” by Peter Englund

“The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood” by James Gleick

“The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos” by Brian Greene

“A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers” by Michael Holroyd

“Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark” by Brian Kellow

“Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis

“Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India” by Joseph Lelyveld

“Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable

“Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” by Robert K. Massie

“Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America” by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

“The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine” by Simon Price and Peter Thonemann

“Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny” by Nile Rodgers

“Pulphead: Essays” by John Jeremiah Sullivan


“The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià” by Ferran Adrià

“The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images” by Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

“The Adventures of Hergé” by José-Louis Bocquet et al.

“Field Notes on Science and Nature” by Michael R. Canfield

“The Suspension of Time: Reflections on Simon Dinnerstein and the Fulbright Triptych” by Simon Dinnerstein

“Say Her Name” by Francisco Goldman

“The Journals of Spalding Gray” edited by Neil Casey

“Relics: Travels in Nature’s Time Machine” by Piotr Naskrecki

“The Art Museum” by Phaidon Press

“Letter Fountain: The Anatomy of Type” by Joep Pohlen and Geert Setola

“Robertson’s Book of Firsts: Who Did What for the First Time” by Patrick Robertson

“MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus” by Art Spiegelman

“Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys into Fame and Madness” by Neil Strauss

“Walking to Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall” by Will Self

“The Steampunk Bible” by Jeff VanderMeer

In the end, how many of these books have you had the chance to read? Which did you like or dislike? Which would you recommend and why? Let us know in the comments section below.

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