Top 10 of 2010

These are some of the books I loved in 2010 and why:

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen for making me see that with too much freedom comes too much responsibility

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman for showing how passionate (read crazy) people can be about literature that moves them

Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide by Jon Stewart for HeheheheHahahaHAAHAAHAAHAA

Write Like Hemingway: Writing Lessons You Can Learn from the Master by R. Andrew Wilson for pointing out the nuances of the writer’s greatness

Solar by Ian McEwan for showing the possible dark side of success

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon for being a literary page-turner

The Road by Cormac McCarthy—wow

Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross for not talking about Bay Village, Ohio in the fifties in the obvious way

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey for making me want to move to Maui and become a tow surfer—and I can’t swim

Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll by David Kirby for the memories, especially for…”Tutti Frutti aw rootey, Tutti Frutti aw rootey, Tutti Frutti aw rootey, A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bam boom!”


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