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Category: 2011 Books

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2011

The New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2011, alphabetical by title [see also: Ten Best Books of 2011]

Fiction

  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories – Don DeLillo
  • The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
  • The Barbarian Nurseries – Héctor Tobar
  • Big Questions. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? – Anders Brekhus Nilsen
  • The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
  • Canti – Giacomo Leopardi
  • The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje
  • Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes – William Kennedy
  • Come on All You Ghosts – Matthew Zapruder
  • 11/22/63 – Steven King
  • The Free World – David Bezmozgis
  • Ghost Lights – Lydia Millet
  • The Grief of Others – Leah Hager Cohen
  • Gryphon: New and Selected Stories – Charles Baxter
  • House of Holes: A Book of Raunch – Nicholson Baker
  • The Last Werewolf – Glen Duncan
  • The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta
  • Life on Mars – Tracy K. Smith
  • The London Train – Tessa Hadley
  • Long, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories – Barry Hannah
  • Lost Memory of Skin – Russell Banks
  • The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • A Moment in the Sun – John Sayles
  • Mr. Fox – Helen Oyeyemi
  • My New American Life – Francine Prose [pictured]
  • 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  • Open City – Teju Cole
  • The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel – David Foster Wallace
  • Parallel Stories – Peter Nadas, translated by Imre Goldstein
  • Say Her Name – Francisco Goldman
  • Scenes from Village Life – Amos Oz, translated by Nocholas de Lange
  • The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  • Seven Years – Peter Stamm
  • Shards – Ismet Prcic
  • Space, in Chains – Laura Kasischke
  • Stone Arabia – Dana Spiotta
  • The Stranger’s Child – Alan Hollinghurst
  • The Submission – Amy Waldman
  • Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
  • Taller When Prone: Poems – Les Murray
  • Ten Thousand Saints – Eleanor Henderson
  • This Beautiful Life – Helen Schulman
  • The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
  • The Tragedy of Arthur – Arthur Phillips
  • Train Dreams – Denis Johnson

Nonfiction

  • And So It Goes. Kurt Vonnegut: A Life – Charles J. Shields
  • Arguably: Essays – Christopher Hitchens
  • The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning – Maggie Nelson
  • Assassins of the Turquoise Palace – Roya Hakakian
  • The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World – David Deutsch
  • Believing is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography – Errol Morris
  • The Better Angles of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined – Steven Pinker
  • Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of  a Reluctant Chef – Gabrielle Hamilton
  • Blue Nights – Joan Didion
  • The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son – Ian Brown
  • Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane – Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman – Robert K. Massie
  • Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned – John A. Farrell
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness – Alexandra Fuller
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President – Candice Millard
  • The Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc. – Jonathan Lethem
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening – Adam Goodheart
  • Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche – James Miller
  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created – Charles C. Mann
  • George F. Kennan: An American Life – John Lewis Gaddis
  • Great Soul: Mahatma GAndhi and His Struggle with India – Joseph Lelyveld
  • Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America – Sharifa Rhoes-Pitts
  • Holy War: How Vasco de Gama’s Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations – Nigel Cliff
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Brain – Erik Larson
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 – Max Hastings
  • The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood – James Gleick
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion – Janet Reitman
  • Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything – David Bellos
  • Jerusalem: The Biography – Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George – Denis Gigante
  • Knocking on Heaven’s Door: how Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World – Lisa Randall
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention – Manning Marable
  • The Memory Chalet – Tony Judt
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War – Tony Horwitz
  • Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them – Donovan Hohn
  • My Song: A Memoir – Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson
  • The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom – Evgeny Morozov
  • One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir – Binyavanga Wainaina
  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution
  • Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark – Brian Kellow
  • Pulphead – John Jeremiah Sullivan
  • The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World – Daniel Yergin
  • Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equity – Richard Thompson Ford
  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend – Susan Orlean
  • [sic]: A Memoir – Joshua Cody
  • The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War – Andrew Roberts
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern – Stephen Greenblatt
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • To A Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellionm 1914-1918 – Adam Hochschild
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France – Caroline Moorehead
  • Van Gogh: The Life – Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
  • Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What it Means to be Black Now – Touré
  • Why the West Rules — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future – Ian Morris
  • A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War – Amanda Foreman

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Novels of 2011

NPR’s Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Novels of 2011

  1. Swamplandia! – Karen Russell
  2. Open City – Teju Cole
  3. The Submission – Amy Waldman
  4. The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach
  5. The Illumination – Kevin Brockmeier
  6. The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta
  7. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
  9. Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
  10. The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel – David Foster Wallace

Atlantic: Books of the Year 2011

The Atlantic’s literary editor, Benjamin Schwarz, chooses the best five books of 2011:

  1. The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss – Edmund de Waal
  2. Letters to Monica – Philip Larkin, edited by Anthony Thwaite
  3. The Complete Architecture of Adler & Sullivan – Richard Nickel and Aaron Suskind, with John Vinci and Ward Miller
  4. Saints and Sinners: Stories – Edna O’Brien
  5. Emily, Alone – Stewart O’Nan

Library Journal: Ten Best Books of 2011

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2011

  1. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – Andrew Bolton & others (text), Sølve Sundsbø (photographs)
  2. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War – Tony Horwitz
  3. Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones
  4. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
  5. The Tiger’s Wife – Téa Obreht
  6. The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka
  7. The Tragedy of Arthur – Arthur Phillips
  8. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined – Steven Pinker
  9. Tides of War – Stella Tillyard
  10. The Empty Family: Stories – Colm Tóibín

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2011 [fiction, nonfiction]

Fiction

  1. The Marriage Plot — Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. The Devil All the Time — Donald Ray Pollock
  3. State of Wonder — Ann Patchett
  4. There but for the — Ali Smith
  5. The Wandering Falcon — Jamil Ahmad
  6. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar — Alina Bronsky (translated by Tim Mohr)
  7. The Sisters Brothers — Patrick DeWitt
  8. Say Her Name — Francisco Goldman
  9. Volt — Alan Heathcock
  10. The Stranger’s Child — Alan Hollinghurst
  11. Train Dreams — Denis Johnson
  12. Changó’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes — William Kennedy
  13. The Night Circus — Erin Morgenstern
  14. The Call — Yannick Murphy
  15. The Tiger’s Wife — Téa Obreht
  16. Cain — José Saramago
  17. Luminarium — Alex Shakar
  18. Someday This Will Be Funny — Lynne Tillman
  19. I Married You for Happiness — Lily Tuck
  20. Leche — R. Zamora Linmark

Nonfiction

  1. Bossypants — Tina Fey
  2. Catherine the Great — Roberk K. Massie
  3. Hemingway’s Boat — Paul Hendrikson
  4. One Day I Will Write About This Place — Binyavanga Wainaina
  5. Arguably: Essays — Christopher Hitchens
  6. The Convert: A Parable of Islam and America — Deborah Baker
  7. The Anatomy of a Moment — Javier Cercas
  8. The Beautiful and the Damned:A Portrait of the New India — Siddhartha Deb
  9. Blue Nights — Joan Didion
  10. Townie: A Memoir — Andre Dubus III
  11. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern — Stephen Greenblatt
  12. Life Itself: A Memoir — Roger Ebert
  13. A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War — Amanda Foreman
  14. Tiger, Tiger — Margaux Fragoso
  15. Love and Capital: Karl Marx and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution — Mary Gabriel
  16. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood — James Gleick
  17. Blood, Bones, and Butter — Gabrielle Hamilton
  18. A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers — Michael Holroyd
  19. Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History — Robert Hughes
  20. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin — Erik Larson
  21. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World — Michael Lewis
  22. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention — Manning Marable
  23. Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography — Errol Morris
  24. Rin Tin Tin: The Live and the Legend — Susan Orlean
  25. The Long Goodbye: A Memoir — Meghan O’Rourke
  26. The Psychopath Test — Jon Ronson
  27. The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity — Jeffrey D. Sachs
  28. Charles Dickens: A Life — Claire Tomalin
  29. The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt — Toby Wilkinson

New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011

The New York Times: Ten Best Books of 2011 [see also: 100 Notable Books of 2011]

Fiction (alphabetical)

  • The Art of Fielding — Chad Harbach
  • 11/22/63 — Stephen King
  • Swamplandia! — Karen Russell
  • Ten Thousand Saints — Eleanor Henderson
  • The Tiger’s Wife — Téa Obreht

Nonfiction (alphabetical)

  • Arguably: Essays — Christopher Hitchens
  • The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son — Ian Brown
  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention — Manning Marable
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman
  • A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War — Amanda Foreman