Top Ten of 2011

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

Bossypants by Tina Fey because we laugh at the same things

Starting From Happy by Patricia A. Marx for two totally lovable characters

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain for a believable and unique take on Hemingway

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks—interesting and smart

Ladies and Gentlemen by Adam Ross because “how does he come up with this stuff?”

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides for a good story that feels real

Making Toast by Roger Rosenblatt for a beautiful rendering of family love

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes—wow

I Thought You Would Be Funnier by Shannon Wheeler because these cartoons are still playing in my head weeks later

Blue Nights by Joan Didion because it’s by Joan Didion.

—Chris

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