I read thirteen fiction titles since I last updated the list but only two of them managed to push their way on to it (see numbers 8 and 9).
Similarly, only one of the four new nonfiction titles considered for the list actually appears there (see number 7).
Fiction: (Top 10 of 58 considered)
1. Nemesis - Philip Roth (novel)
2. Saturday - Ian McEwan (novel)
3. Rhino Ranch - Larry McMurtry (series novel)
4. The Glass Rainbow - James Lee Burke (Dave Robicheaux series)
5. Beach Music - Pat Conroy (novel)
6. Love at Absolute Zero - Christopher Meeks (novel)
7. That Old Cape Magic - Richard Russo (novel)
8. Hustle - Jason Skipper (novel)
9. Among the Wonderful - Stacy Carlson (novel)
10.Dead Man's Walk - Larry McMurtry (series novel)
Non-Fiction: (Top 10 of 24 considered)Those are the lists at just about 2/3 of the way through 2011. There is still time for multiple surprises to come along; I'm counting on it.
1.Wolf: The Lives of Jack London - James L. Haley (biography)
2. Hitch 22: A Memoir - Christopher Hitchens (memoir)
3. Bittersweet Season - Jane Gross (on caring for aging parents)
4.Tiny Terror - William Todd Schultz (psychobiography of Truman Capote)
5. Chinaberry Sidewalks - Rodney Crowell (memoir)
6. We Were Not Orphans - Sherry Matthews (memoirs from a Texas home for neglected children)
7. Why China Will Never Rule the World - Troy Parfitt (travel and politics)
8. What It Is Like to Go to War - Karl Marlantes (memoir)
9. Lincoln's Men - William C. Davis (Civil War History)
10. The Siege of Washington - John and Charles Lockwood (Civil War History)