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It disturbed me profoundly, and that has to count for something.
2010 was a great year in books! This was a hard list to assemble!
One prize winner graduates to our Hall of Fame, another debuts.
This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out. Sticking with the fiction exclusively, it appears that we touched upon a few of these books as well.
Not much action on the list last month, but a pair of favorites are pushing higher.
A financial meltdown post-mortem graduates to the Hall of Fame and a Booker shortlister debuts.
You know who grabbed the top spot, but which other two literary superstars made a splash on The Millions' list in August?
With building blocks, some children build simple walls and steps, and others build castles with moats and turrets using the exact same materials. Mitchell must have been one of the latter -- he recently described his books as “Lego-novels,” made up of component pieces.
With the unveiling of the Booker Prize longlist, the 2010 literary Prize season is officially underway. As is typically the case, the list offers a mix of exciting new names, relative unknowns and beloved favorites. Notable names include David Mitchell and Tom McCarthy.
It's hard for me not to imagine a reviewer in a nightcap with a hot cocoa and a Mitchell novel. He wiggles his toes at the pleasure of good fiction and thinks to himself, "This is a wow. You know who else was a wow?"
With four books heading to the Hall of Fame, that means we have four new books landing on the list, ranging from hard-boiled Scandinavian thrillers to historical fiction in 18th century Japan to a 12-year-old literary biography with a twist.