The Great Perusal 2001

The smart and oh-so-dashing fellows who run the Morning News have posted their picks for the best ten books of this year (but not necessarily published this year). I’m game (and yes, there are some of mine that are the same as theirs: they’re good books, remember?). In no particular order, the best books I read this year:

» J.D. Salinger: Catcher and the Rye » David Foster Wallace: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again » John Berger: To The Wedding
» Robert Polito: Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson
» Dav Pilkey: Capitaine Bobette et la Machination Machiavélique du Professeur K.K. Prout [thanks, Maya]
» Anne Carson: Autobiography of Red
» Philip Gourevitch: We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families
» Bruce Chatwin: In Patagonia
» John Kennedy Toole: Confederacy of Dunces
» Octavio Paz: The Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, 1957-1987

What’s your picks for the best ten books you read this year? Let me know and I’ll post your lists here in a week or so. Also, if you know of a book or author that you think I’d like, post it in the comments.

Other top 10’s

Contributed by Niklas Andersson:
“A hard one, but I think my list would be as follows (in no order whatsoever):”
Neil Gaiman: American Gods
Edward Savio: Idiots in the Machine
Wilton Barnhardt: Gospel
Lewis Shiner: Glimpses
Nick Hornby: High Fidelity
Steven Brust: Issola
Jonathan Lethem: Amnesia Moon
Tim Powers: Declare
Jonathan Carroll: Land of Laughs
Graham Chapman: A Liar’s Autobiography

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