Laura Miller has wisely included Stephen Elliott’s Happy Baby in her fiction top five for the year. Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Pamuk’s Snow, Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty, and Atkinson’s Case Histories also get the nod.
The Village Voice best books list also includes Happy Baby, along with the Dylan bio, the Clarke and Hollinghurst, Jonathan Ames’ Wake Up, Sir!, Samantha Hunt’s The Seas, Meredith Brosnan’s Mr. Dynamite, Thomas Frank’s What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Stephen Dixon’s Old Friends, the new James Kelman, the latest Marjane Satrapi and a number of indie selections.
Over the weekend, a regular correspondent sent the New York Times Book Review‘s top ten picks (to be announced in the upcoming issue). Here they are:
Gilead – Marilynne Robinson
The Master – Colm Toibin
The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
Runaway – Alice Munro
Snow – Orhan Pamuk
War Trash – Ha Jin
Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
Chronicles, Vol. 1 – Bob Dylan
Washington’s Crossing – David Hackett Fischer
Will In The World – Stephen Greenblatt