Many Librarians Agree…Best Books of 2010
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Fiction
Adams, PaulPaganini's Ghost
Allen, Sarah AddisonThe Girl Who Chased the Moon
Bauer, Belinda Blacklands
Bender, Aimee The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Bergreen, Karen Following Polly
Bernhardt, William Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness
Bishop, George Letter to My Daughter
Blake, Sarah The Postmistress
Bradley, Alan The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag
Burton, Gabrielle Impatient with Desire
Chevalier, Tracy Remarkable Creatures
Child, Lee Worth Dying For
Cronin, Justin The Passage
Crusie, Jennifer Wild Ride
Crusie, Jennifer Maybe This Time
Daniel, Susanna Stiltsville
Doetsch, Richard The 13th Hour
Doig, Ivan Work Song
Donoghue, Emma Room
Durrow, Heidi The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Eastland, Sam Eye of the Red Tsar
Erdrich, Louise Shadow Tag
Flanagan, Bill Evening's Empire
Ford, Jamie Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Fortier, Anne Juliet
Franklin, Ariana A Murderous Procession
Franklin, Tom Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
Franzen, Jonathan Freedom
French, Tana Faithful Place
Garcia, Christina The Lady Matador's Hotel
Gist, Deeanne Maid to Match
Glass, Julia The Widower's Tale
Godwin, Gail Unfinished Desires
Goodman, Allegra The Cookbook Collector
Goodwillie, David American Subversive
Gowda, Shilpi Somaya Secret Daughter
Grossman, David To the End of the Land
Gruen, Sara Ape House
Gudenkauf, Heather The Weight of Silence
Hoffman, Beth Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt
Kalotay, Daphne Russian Winter
King, Lily Father of the Rain
Koryta, Michael So Cold the River
Kwok, Jean Girl in Translation
Lipsyte, Sam The Ask
Lutz, Lisa The Spellmans Strike Again
Macauley, Stephen Insignificant Others
Marlantes, Karl Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War
Melikan, R A The Mistaken Wife
Mieville, China The City and the City
Mitchell, David The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Monninger, Joseph Eternal on the Water
Monroe, Mary Alice Last Light over Carolina
Morton, Kate The Distant Hours
Murray, Paul Skippy Dies
Nelson, Antonya Bound
Nicholls, David One Day
Oliviera, Robin My Name is Mary Sutter
Orringer, Julie The Invisible Bridge
Patterson, Richard North In the Name of Honor
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen Wench
Pizzolatto, Nic Galveston
Porter, Henry The Bell Ringers
Pullinger, Kate Mistress of Nothing
Racculia, Kate This Must Be the Place
Rachman, Tom The Imperfectionists
Saramago, Jose The Elephant's Journey
Simonson, Helen Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Stevens, Chevy Still Missing
Stuart, Julia The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise
Sundin, Sarah A Distant Melody
Sundin, Sarah A Memory Between Us
Thomson, Keith Once a Spy
Turow, Scott Innocent
Udall, Bradley The Lonely Polygamist
Vanderbes, Jennifer Strangers at the Feast
Verdon, John Think of a Number
Zevin, Gabrielle The Hole We're In


Mystery
Bruen, Ken The Devil
Coben, Harlan Caught
Connelly, Michael The Reversal
Dean, Anna Bellfield Hall
Deaver, Jeffery The Edge
Doiron, Paul The Poacher's Son
Griffiths, Billy The Crossing Places
Hart, Erin False Mermaid
Hamilton, Steve The Lock Artist
Hasler, Susan Intelligence
Haynes, Dana Crashers
Johnson, Craig Junkyard Dogs
Larsson, Stieg Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
Lehane, Dennis Moonlight Mile
Lippman, Laura I'd Know You Anywhere
Mosley, Walter The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Parks, Brad Faces of the Gone
Penny, Louise Bury Your Dead
Spindler, Erica Blood Vines


Science Fiction
Bujold, Lois McMaster Cryoburn
Butcher, Jim Changes
Kowal, Mary Robinette Shades of Milk and Honey
Lackey, Mercedes Sleeping Beauty
Martin, George R. R. Songs of the Dying Earth
Willis, Connie Blackout
Willis, Connie All Clear


Paperback
James, Eloisa A Kiss at Midnight
Kelly, Carla Marrying the Royal Marine
Quinn, Julia 10 Things I Love about You
Rice, Patricia The Wicked Wyckerly


Nonfiction
021.65 Johnson, Marilyn This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
153.83 Iyengar, Sheena The Art of Choosing
211 Krasny, Michael Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest
297.283 Griswold, Eliza 10th Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line of Christianity and Islam
297.804 Hazleton, Lesley After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Sunni-Shia Split in Islam
304.809 Wilkerson, Isabel The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
324.937 Heilemann, John Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
330.973 Lewis, Michael The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
347.732 Shesol, Jeff Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court
363.41 Okrent, Daniel Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
364.152 Sides, Hampton Hellhound on His Trail
364.152 Olsen, Gregg A Twisted Faith: A Minister’s Obsession and the Murder That Destroyed a Church
365.43 Kerman, Piper Orange is the New Black: My Year In a Woman’s Prison
571.091 Roach, Mary Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
610.289 Gawande, Atul The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
612.8 Carr, Nicholas The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
614.13 Blum, Deborah The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
616.027 Skloot, Rebecca The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
643 Bryson, Bill At Home: A Short History of Private Life
813.54 Conroy, Pat My Reading Life
958.104 Bin Laden, Najwa Growing Up Bin Laden: Osama’s Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World
Biography Addams Knight, Louise Jane Addams: Spirit in Action
Biography Bonhoeffer Metaxas, Eric Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Biography Mary Whitelock, Anna Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen
Biography Mufleh St. John, Warren Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference
Biography Richards Richards, Keith Life
Biography Sinatra Kaplan, James Frank: The Voice
Biography Smith Smith, Patti Just Kids
Biography Zamperini Hillenbrand, Laura Unbroken: A World War II Airman's Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption



Award Winning and Notable Books of Year 2010

Booker Prize
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question

National Book Award
Fiction Winner  Jaimy Gordon  Lord of Misrule
Fiction Finalists Peter Carey
Nicole Krauss
Lionel Shriver
Karen Tei Yamashita
Parrot and Oliver in America
Great House
So Much for That
 I Hotel
Nonfiction Winner  Patti Smith Just Kids
Nonfiction Finalists  Barbara Demick
John W. Dower
Nothing to Envy
Cultures of War

Nobel Prize
Mario Vargas Llosa (Peruvian Author)

PEN Faulkner Award

Winner  Sherman Alexie  War Dances
Finalists  Barbara Kingsolver
Lorrie Moore
Colson Whitehead
The Lacuna
A Gate at the Stairs
Sag Harbor

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
 
Winner  Paul Harding Tinkers
Finalists  Lydia Millet
Daniyal Mueenuddin
Love in Infant Monkeys
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Mysteries and Thrillers Awards

Agatha Awards
Best Novel  Penny, Louis  The Brutal Telling

Dilys Award
Alan Bradley The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Shamus Awards
Marcia Muller Locked In
Brad ParksFaces of the Gone

 
Romance Fiction Awards

RITA Awards

Beth Andrews A Not-So-Perfect Past
Kate BradyOne Scream Away
Kresley Cole  Kiss of a Demon King
Cindy Dees The Soldier’s Secret Daughter
Laura Griffin Whisper of Warning
Kristan HigginsToo Good To Be True
Barbara O’NealThe Lost Recipe for Happiness
Julia QuinnWhat Happens in London
Sherry ThomasNot Quite a Husband


Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards


Hugo Award
Paolo Bacigalupi The Windup Girl
China MievilleThe City & The City

John W Campbell Award
David Anthony Durham


Notable Books

New York Times Notable Fiction
Ann Beattie The New Yorker Stories
T Coraghessan BoyleWild Child
Jonathan Dee The Privileges
Anthony Doerr Memory Wall
Emma Donoghue Room
Jennifer EganA Visit from the Goon Squad
Patricia EngelVIDA
Louise ErdrichShadow Tag
Jonathan Franzen Freedom
Jennifer GilmoreSomething Red
David GoodwillieAmerican Subversive
David Grossman To The End of the Land 
Mary-Beth HughesDouble Happiness
Hans KeilsonComedy in a Minor Key
A L KennedyWhat Becomes
Nicole KraussGreat House
Stieg LarssonThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Chang-Rae LeeThe Surrendered
Andrea LevyThe Long Song
Sam LipsyteThe Ask
Karl Marlantes Matterhorn
Zachary Mason  The Lost Books of the Odyssey
Ian McEwanSolar
David MeansThe Spot
Dinaw MengestuHow to Read the Air
David MitchellThe Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet
Ted Mooney The Same River Twice
Antonya NelsonBound
David NichollsOne Day
Joyce Carol OatesSourland
Julie OrringerThe Invisible Bridge
Cynthia OzickForeign Bodies
Per PettersonI Curse the River of Time
David RabeGirl by the Road at Night
Tom RachmanThe Imperfectionists
Adam RossMr Peanut
Cathleen Schine The Three Weissmanns of Westport
Tatjana SoliThe Lotus Eaters
Olen Steinhauer The Nearest Exit
Robert StoneFun with Problems
William TrevorSelected Stories
Danielle TrussoniAngelology
Charles YuHow to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Entertainment Weekly Books of the Year


Fiction
Emma Donoghue  Room
Chang-Rae LeeThe Surrendered
Karl MarlantesMatterhorn
Paul MurraySkippy Dies
David NichollsOne Day
Julie Orringer The Invisible Bridge
Sharon PomerantzRich Boy
Tom Rachman The Imperfectionists
                 
Nonfiction
N 304.809Wilkerson, IsabelThe Warmth of Other Suns
324.937 Heilemann, JohnGame Change
N 551.463Casey, SusanThe Wave
N 571.091Roach, MaryPacking for Mars
616.027Skloot, RebeccaThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
N 616.994Mukherjee, Siddhartha The Emperor of All Maladies
N Biography CleopatraSchiff, StacyCleopatra
N Biography SmithSmith, PattiJust Kids
N Biography TwainTwain, MarkAutobiography of Mark Twain Vol. 1

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