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By THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
1. BOTH WAYS IS THE ONLY WAY I WANT IT, By Maile Meloy
2. CHRONIC CITY, By Jonathan Lethem
3. A GATE AT THE STAIRS, By Lorrie Moore
4. HALF BROKE HORSES: A True-Life Novel, By Jeannette Walls
5. A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN, By Kate Walbert
6. THE AGE OF WONDER: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, By Richard Holmes
7. THE GOOD SOLDIERS, By David Finkel
8. LIT: A Memoir, By Mary Karr
9. LORDS OF FINANCE: The Bankers Who Broke the World, By Liaquat Ahamed
10. RAYMOND CARVER: A Writer’s Life, By Carol Sklenicka
This doesn't have anything to do with their best seller list. These are the books the editors of the Book Review Section think were best.
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I read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, and it was just phenomenal. It was her story of growing up with very unusual parents. They move all over the United States, living in just crazy conditions. Her writing style is excellent. I'm eager to read her next book!
Jonathan Lethem is one of my very favorite writers. I haven't read the new one (but it's on one of my challenge lists for 2010. Yipee.). I just loved Girl in Landscape and Motherless Brooklyn.
And of the decade. So thrilled to see Kelly Link included.
Jeanette Walls' Half Broke Horses is wonderful! It tells the story of Jeannette' s feisty grandmother, a truly awesome woman. (She is also the mother of Rosemary, the mother from Glass Castle. Read this new book to get some additional insights.)
I think the Intellegensia in New York live in their own rarefied world. I don't often, if ever, care what they think is important. They wouldn't last a day if the cell towers all went dead for good, LOL.
Having said that, I get some good book tips from the New York times review of books, but it is only a few a year and usually non-fiction.
I used to get a magazine that went out of business called simply, Books. It was a much better, well rounded source of critique and reflection on writers and their craft and usually the books that actually ended up getting published.
I have read reviews of 5 of the books on the list, but only have three that I would buy or request
A GATE AT THE STAIRS, By Lorrie Moore, HALF BROKE HORSES: A True-Life Novel, By Jeannette Walls
A SHORT HISTORY OF WOMEN, By Kate Walbert