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Subject: Bookmarks Magazine's Best Books of 2007
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 7:44 AM ET
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ~Junot Diaz

Tree of Smoke ~ Denis Johnson

The Yiddish Policemen's Union ~ Michael Chabon

Then We Came to the End ~ Joshua Ferris

On Chesil Beach ~ Ian Mcewan

On Stealing Horses ~ Per Petteron

The Savage Detectives ~ Robert Bolano

Falling Man ~ Don Delillo

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ~ JK Rowling

Exit Ghost ~ Philp Roth

Fieldwork ~ Mischa Berlinski

Away ~ Amy Bloom

Cheating at Canasta ~ William Trevor

The Gathering ~ Anne Enright

The Ghost ~ Robert Harris

Like You'd Understand, Anyway ~ Jim Shepard

Lost City Radio ~ Daniel Alcaron

No One Belongs Here More Than You ~ Miranda July

What the Dead Know ~ Laura Lippman

Zeroville ~ Steve Erickson



Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA ~ Tim Wiener

The Rest is Noise ~ Alex Ross

Schulz and Peanuts: A biography ~ DAvid Michaelis

The Nine ~ Jeffrey Toobin

Brother, I'm Dying ~ Edwidge Danticat

Edith Wharton ~ Herione Lee

The Shock Doctrine ~ Naomi Klein

The World Without Us ~ Alan Weisman

Young Stalin ~ Simon Sebag Montefiore

The Coldest Winter ~ David Halberstam

Einstein: His Life and Universe ~ Walter Isaacson

The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler ~ Judith Freeman

A Long Way Gone ~ Ismael Beah

Ralph Ellison : A Biography ~ Arnold Rampersad

Agaent Zigzag ~ Ben MacIntyre

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ~ Barbara Kingsolver

Arsenals of Folly ~ Richard Rhodes

The Atomc Bazaar ~ William Langewiesche

The Day of Battle ~ Rick Atkinson

The Father of All things ~ Tom Bissell

Imperial Life in the Emerald City ~ Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice ~ Janet Malcolm

The Zookeeper's Wife ~ Diane Ackerman

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Date Posted: 2/29/2008 2:52 PM ET
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I've only heard of four of those.....one I've read, the other I have WL'ed.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 2:53 PM ET
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Interesting lists. I can't believe that "A Thousand Splendid Suns" is missing from the fiction list and I'm very surprised that the Harry Potter book made the list. I also wonder that "Three Cups of Tea" is not on the nonfiction list.
Date Posted: 2/29/2008 3:10 PM ET
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They did a compilation of best books lists from a wide range of sources and came up with another arbitrary list.  Remember, this isn't a best seller's list.

Here's the list of sources they compiled the information from.  The books at the top of the list had the most citations from these sources and the ones at the bottom the least.

NYT Book Review

NYT (Kakutani)

NYT ( Maslin)

NYT (Grimes)

 Observer (UK)

Boston Globe

Washington Post

Christian Science Monitor

Bookworm (Silverblast)


NY Mag

LA Times

Salon (Laura Liller)

National Book Critics Circle

St. Louis Post-Dispatch



Village Voice


Seattle Times (Gwinn)

Seattle Times (Upchurch)

Entertainment Weekly


Independent (UK)

SF Chronicle

USA Today

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 12:21 AM ET
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I really like Bookmarks.  I like that they give multiple reviews for a book.

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:02 AM ET
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I haven't read any of them!!  I have the HP on my TBR though.  And I do have a couple on my wishlist, but still...

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:23 PM ET
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I've read 3 on the list - On Chesil Beach, Away, and Falling Man. I thought that On Chesil Beach and Away were good books, not necessarily great though. I didn't get Falling Man. Perhaps it was over my head. The author kept jumping around in the story and I had trouble following what was going on. I wanted to like it, but I came away scratching my head wondering "what the heck did I just read?"

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Haven't read any of them, a few are on my WL or Mount TBR...

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Date Posted: 3/12/2008 1:08 AM ET
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I love this excellent magazine! It's where I go to find new books to read,besides NYT Book Review and Mount TBR!  Thanx, the list is a keeper too for future reference.

Date Posted: 3/12/2008 11:39 AM ET
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I have 5 or 6 of the fiction books, but haven't read them yet.  I read Long Way Gone, and have a couple of the other NF ones WLed.