Best Books of 2011

Best Books of 2011

Clearlake : CA : USA | Dec 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM PST
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Personally, the best book for me is the one I just read and loved. I confess it’s been a while since I read a book I loved—the last one was Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset 1,146 pages! Books are expensive not to mention heavy, but I got a Kindle Touch for Christmas, so I am back in the reading business! To my surprise, some books are free on Amazon, and there are many for under $5.

Reading is once again affordable.

There are many lists of “best books,” and for the purposes of this article I am using Publisher’s Weekly.

You may or may not agree with their choices, but if you would like some suggestions, well, here they are.

Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Marriage Plot; Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder (I read Bel Canto a few years ago and loved it!); Tina Fey Bossypants; Robert Massie’s Catherine the Great (there is nothing better than a good historical story); Paul Hendrickson’s Hemingway’s Boat; Christopher Hitchesn, Arguably (Alas, he could argue/debate just about better than anyone!) ; Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All the Time; Ali Smith and a disconcerting party guest, There but for the; Kenyan Binyayanga Wainaina’s coming of age story, One Day I Will Write About This Place.

Here are some of the best in fiction and non-fiction genre:

Fiction: For description of each book look here

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer Prize Winner); The Devil All The Time, Donald Ray Pollock; State of Wonder, Ann Patchett; There but for the, Ali Smith; The Wandering Falcon, Jamil Ahmal; The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, Alma Bronsky; The Sisters Brothers, Patrick DeWitt; Say Her Name, Francisco Goldman; Volt, Alan Heathcock; The Stranger Child, Alan Hollinghurst; Train Dreams, Denis Johnson; Chango’s Beads and Two Tone shoes, William Kennedy; The Night Circus, Eric Morgentsen; The Call, Yannick Murphy; The Tiger’s Wife, Tea Obreht (Huffington Post Book Club Selection for January 2012, sign up here); Cain, Jose Saramago (If this is as riveting as his book Blindness, it is surely a great read); Some Day This Will Be Funny, Lynne Tillman; I Married You for Happiness (Yikes who doesn’t?) , Lily Tuck; Leche, R. Zamora Linmark.

Non-Fiction: for description of each book look here

Bossypants, Tina Fey; Catherine the Great, Robert Massie; Hemingway’s Boat, Paul Hendrickson; One Day I Will Write About this Place, Binyavanga Wainaina; Arguably: Essays, Christopher Hitchens; The Convert: A Parable of Islam in America, Deborah Baker; The Anatomy of A Moment, Javier Cercas; The Beautiful and the Damned, Siddartha Deb; Blue Nights, Joan Didion; Townie: A Memoir, Andre Dubus III; The Swerve: How the world became Modern, Stephen Greenblatt; Life Itself: A Memoir, Roger Ebert; A World On Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in The American Civil War, Amanda Foreman; Tiger, Tiger, Margo Fragoso; Love and Capital: Karl Marx and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution; The Information: The History, The Theory, The Flood, James Gleick; Blood, Bones, and Butter, Gabrielle Hamilton; A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters and Absent Fathers, Michael Holroyd; Rome A Cultural, Visual and Personal History, Robert Hughes; In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, Erik Larson; Boomerang: Travels in the Third World, Michael Lewis; Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Manning Marable; Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography, Errol Morris; Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend, Susan Orlean; The Long Goodbye, Meghan O’Rourke; The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson; The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, Jeffrey Sachs; Charles Dickens: A Life, Claire Tomalin; The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, Toby Wilkinson.

Publisher’s Weekly best lists in other genre can be found at the following links

Mystery/ Thriller



Science Fiction/Fantasy/ Horror

Children’s Picture Books

Children’s Fiction

Children’s Non-fiction



If you have some great books to add to the list, please tell us in the comments!

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Dava Castillo is based in Clearlake, California, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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