Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Amazon's Best Fiction of 2008

Amazon, my go-to site for cheap and used books, has picked their top 100 books for the year, and sadly I have read none so far and never even heard of most of them... If you can recommend any of these (or others!), please let me know.
Here's the first 25:

1. "The Northern Clemency," by Philip Hensher
2. "Hurry Down Sunshine," by Michael Greenberg
3. "Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America," by Rick Perlstein
4. "The Forever War," by Dexter Filkins
5. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel," by David Wroblewski
6. "The Likeness: A Novel," by Tana French
7. "Serena: A Novel," by Ron Rash
8. "So Brave, Young and Handsome: A Novel," by Leif Enger
9. "The Lazarus Project," by Aleksandar Hemon
10. "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America," by David Hajdu
11. "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America," by Thurston Clarke
12. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," by Stieg Larsson
13. "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves," by M.T. Anderson
14. "Sitting Bull," by Bill Yenne
15. "Netherland: A Novel," by Joseph O'Neill
16. "Home: A Novel," by Marilynne Robinson
17. "Duma Key: A Novel," by Stephen King
18. "Lush Life: A Novel," by Richard Price
19. "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," by Michael Pollan
20. "The Underneath," by Kathi Appelt
21. "Knockemstiff," by Donald Ray Pollock
22. "A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes," by David Tanis
23. "Pravda: A Novel," by Edward Docx
24. "2666: A Novel," by Roberto Bolano
25. "Alinea," by Grant Achatz


Evan Brandt said...

First of all, what the hell is this book? --The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves?

Second of all, I haven't even heard of half these books, much less read them.

Third of all, if you're going to post Cheap Trick lyrics on my blog, you should include an mpeg of you singing them, otherwise, I must refuse to accept them.

PlanetResin said...

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel is a GREAT book. I don't read much in the way of fiction these days, but this is a standout. One of the rare books that kept me up WAY past my bedtime. Ostensibly a story about a family that raises a (fictional) breed of dogs. . . it is truly a book about the power of friendship. Enjoy it! (Steve Nelson)