Best Books of 2010

I collected over a dozen “Best Books of 2010” lists from newspapers, magazines and websites and combined them into one list.  Here are the results.  The numbers that are bold and underlined indicate the number of lists the book was on.   If I’ve read the book, I’ve included the rating I gave it on Goodreads (1-5 stars).

12
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS.  By Rebecca Skloot. (4)

10
A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. By Jennifer Egan.
FREEDOM. By Jonathan Franzen.
THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. By Isabel Wilkerson. (5)

8
ROOM.  By Emma Donoghue.
THE BIG SHORT. By Michael Lewis.

7
THE POSSESSED: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them.  By Elif Batuman. (4)
THE IMPERFECTIONISTS.  By Tom Rachman.
SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY.  By Gary Shteyngart.

6
TO THE END OF THE LAND.  By David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen.

5
PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA.  By Peter Carey.
THE LAST BOY: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood.  By Jane Leavy.
SKIPPY DIES.  By Paul Murray.
JUST KIDS.  By Patti Smith.

4
NOX.  By Anne Carson.
WASHINGTON: A Life. By Ron Chernow.
TRAVELS IN SIBERIA.  By Ian Frazier.
FAITHFUL PLACE.  By Tana French.
COUNTRY DRIVING: A Journey Through China From Farm to Factory. By Peter Hessler.
THE ASK.  By Sam Lipsyte.
THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A Biography of Cancer.  By Siddhartha Mukherjee.
THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE.  By Julie Orringer.
CLEOPATRA: A Life.  By Stacy Schiff.
SELECTED STORIES.  By William Trevor.

3
THE PASSAGE.  By Justin Cronin.
SHADOW TAG.  By Louise Erdrich.
THE UNNAMED.  By Joshua Ferris.
UNBROKEN: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption.  By Laura Hillenbrand.
THE SURRENDERED.  By Chang-rae Lee.
HOW TO READ THE AIR.  By Dinaw Mengestu.
THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET.  By David Mitchell.
LET THE SWORDS ENCIRCLE ME.  By Scott Peterson.
LIFE.  By Keith Richards with James Fox.
MR. PEANUT.  By Adam Ross.
MY HOLLYWOOD: A Novel.  By Mona Simpson.

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