Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Times announces Notable Books of 2008

The New York Times posted its Notable Books of 2008 on its website today. The list is always worth perusing, both for the books listed and those omitted.

Here are the Notable Books that I have read:
  • Breath, Tim Winton
  • The English Major, Jim Harrison
  • Fine Just The Way It Is; Wyoming Stories 3, Annie Proulx
  • The Good Thief, Hannah Tinti
  • Home, Marilynne Robinson
  • Lush Life, Richard Price
  • A Most Wanted Man, John le Carre
  • Netherland, Joseph O'Neill
  • Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, Tobias Wolff
  • Telex From Cuba, Rachel Kushner
  • Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Nixonland, Rick Perlstein
  • The Ten-Cent Plaque, David Hajdu
  • Traffic, Tom Vanderbilt
And those on my reading short-list:
  • The Lazarus Project, Aleksandar Hemon
  • 2666, Roberto Bolano
  • American Lion, Jon Meacham
And those that piqued my curiousity:
  • Black Flies, Shannon Burke
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Simon Armitage
  • When Will There Be Good News?, Kate Atkinson
  • Delta Blues, Ted Gioia
  • A Great Idea At The Time, Alex Beam
What I am wondering is where is Peter Matthiessen's Shadow Country?


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  3. The Times is going to look more and more like it's been standing, holding its hat, if Shadow Country does a prize sweep of at least two of America's four top awards. From the sound of things, it might go more than two, and the NYT is going to look all kinds of foolish...