The New York Times has cut its list of 100 notable books to a Top Ten for 2008, comprised of five fiction and five nonfiction titles:
Fiction Titles:I've only read one of the ten, This Republic of Suffering, definitely one of my favorites of the year. This is a book that puts the massive loss of life during the American Civil War into perspective for modern readers. I highly recommend this one to even casual fans of American history writing.
Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories - Steven Milhauser
A Mercy - Toni Morrison
Netherland - Joseph O'Neill
2666 - Roberto Bolaño
Unaccustomed Earth - Jhumpa Lahiri
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals - Jane Mayer
The Forever War - Dexter Filkins
Nothing to Be Frightened Of - Julian Barnes
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War - Drew Gilpin Faust
The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul - Patrick French
Interestingly, maybe amazingly is the right word, according to Yahoo.com, " Also, Wednesday, The New York Times announced its 10 best books for 2008. Nine of them, including Toni Morrison's "A Mercy" and Jhumpa Lahiri's "Unaccustomed Earth," were published by Random House Inc."
Take a look at the list I linked to and tell me which book is not under the Random House umbrella. Does it strike anyone else as unlikely that one publishing house could possibly produce nine of the ten best books of the year? I'm just saying...