Saturday, March 13, 2010

Best of 2010, Update 12

This is starting to get tough. I've read six books since the last time I updated my Best of 2010 list and four of the six are really good. As I start to write this, I'm not even sure how many of them are going to make the list, so let's see where I end up.

The three additions to the list are in bold print.

Top 10 after 28 possibilities:

1. Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (novel)
2. Lies My Mother Never Told Me - Kaylie Jones (memoir)
3. Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean (biography)
4. Matterhorn - Karl Marlantes (Vietnam War novel)
5. The Opposite Field - Jesse Katz (memoir)

6. The Calligrapher's Daughter - Eugenia Kim (novel)

7. The Tennis Partner - Abraham Verghese (1996 memoir)
8. A Fair Maiden - Joyce Carol Oates - (novel)
9. The Samaritan's Secret - Matt Beynon Rees - (detective novel)
10. Game Change - John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (political nonfiction)

Personal Note: I've been spending a huge number of hours sitting with my father, first at the hospital and now in the rehab center, as he recovers from knee replacement surgery. That's caused me to be slow to respond to comments and I apologize for that. I hope to catch up soon.


  1. This reminds me that I have to get around to reading Cutting for Stone I'v heard so many good things about it!

    I hope your Dad feels better soon!

  2. Thanks for adding my book to your list. I'm delighted to represent crime fiction alongside your excellent selection. I hope you enjoy. Best, Matt

  3. No apologies, Sam. Hope your dad's recovery goes well.

  4. I remember when my father-in-law had his knees done. That was rough going...hope your dad responds well to the therapy.

    I noticed that the Doctorow book fell out of the top 10.

  5. Don't miss that one, MyNovel. I haven't run into anyone yet who disliked it. It's that interesting.

  6. Matt, I love the character. I still have to go back and read the first book in the series to see how it all started out for Omar. BTW, I am really taken with the relationship between Omar and his granddaughter...nice touch.

  7. Thanks, Annie. He's doing much better these last two days and may be headed home on Thursday or Friday...means I'll be living at his house for a while, though. But at least he's closer to a full recovery.

  8. He's had a bit of a rough time, Bybee, but he's finally doing better. This is day 13 since the surgery and he might be coming home by the end of the week.

    The Doctorow did fall off the list but if I decide to do a fiction and a nonfiction split, it might find new life. :-)

  9. Tell your Dad we hope he's well soon.