Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Paging Through the Reading Year

[[B O O K S]] * There are so many books published every year, that it’s astonishing how similar are some of the annual top-10 choices made by book reviewers and editors. This latest list of 11 favorite reads from 2005 (other lists can be found here and here) appears in the exceptional online mag Salon:

Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill (Pantheon, $23)
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf, $24)
Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami (Knopf, $25.95)
On Beauty, by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, $25.95)
Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link (Small Beer Press, $24)
Times Like These, by Rachel Ingalls (Graywolf Press, $16)

Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, by Nate Blakeslee (PublicAffairs, $26.95)
Them: A Memoir of Parents, by Francine du Plessix Gray (Penguin Press, $29.95)
Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, by Peter Guralnick (Little, Brown, $27.95)
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann (Knopf, $30)
The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, by George Packer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26)

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