Friday, September 23, 2011

Best of 2011, Update 7

A month has gone by since my last Top 10 lists, a month during which I have considered another 12 books (8 novels and 4 nonfiction books) for placement.

Changes are found at numbers 5 (Doc) and 8 (Wherever You Go).

Fiction: (Top 10 of 66 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. Doc - Mary Doria Russell (novel)

6. Love at Absolute Zero - Christopher Meeks (novel)

7. That Old Cape Magic - Richard Russo (novel)

8. Wherever You Go - Joan Leegant (novel)

9. Hustle - Jason Skipper (novel)

10.Among the Wonderful - Stacy Carlsen - (novel)
Similarly, changes to the nonfiction list are found at numbers 1 (If Trouble Don't Kill Me) and 8 (He Stopped Loving Her Today).
Non-Fiction: (Top 10 of 28 considered)

1. If Trouble Don't Kill Me - Ralph Berrier, Jr. (biography)

2. Wolf: The Lives of Jack London - James L. Haley (biography)

3. Hitch 22: A Memoir - Christopher Hitchens (memoir)

4. Bittersweet Season - Jane Gross (on caring for aging parents)

5. Tiny Terror - William Todd Schultz (psychobiography of Truman Capote) 
6. Chinaberry Sidewalks - Rodney Crowell (memoir)

7. We Were Not Orphans - Sherry Matthews (memoirs from life in a Texas home for neglected children)

8. He Stopped Loving Her Today - Jack Isenhour - (music memoir)

9. What It Is Like to Go to War - Karl Marlantes (memoir)

10. Lincoln's Men - William C. Davis (Civil War History)
With just a bit over three months remaining in 2011, the lists are starting to firm up - but that anything can still happen can be clearly seen from the addition this time around of a new number one book in nonfiction.


  1. I like your fiction list (particularly Doc) but I'm riveted to your nonfiction list.

  2. Thanks, Susan. For only 28 titles in all, I've been pretty lucky this year in my choices, I think.