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Good Reading 2005 (aka The Year of William Trevor)

I'm finally getting around to publishing my best-of list for 2005 just about the time when everybody's sick to death of reading such things. But, still, I must go on public record. Hence, here are the best books I read during 2005, regardless of publication year:

1. William Trevor, The Story of Lucy Gault
2. Ward Just, An Unfinished Season
3. William Trevor, A Bit on the Side
4. Joe Sacco, Palestine
5. Alex Kotlowitz, There Are No Children Here
6. Stuart Dybek, I Sailed With Magellan
7. Kirby Gann, Our Napoleon in Rags
8. Ian McEwan, Saturday
9. Davy Rothbart, The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas
10. John McNally, The Book of Ralph

Honorable Mention: Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree; Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of Chicago; Chicago Noir; Stephen Elliott, Happy Baby; Michael Chabon, The Final Solution.

Re-Readings: Aleksandar Hemon, Nowhere Man; Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm.

December 22, 2005 in Books | Permalink


May I also recommend Wicked, Fast Food Nation, and every book in Oprah's book club?

Posted by: Christy at Dec 26, 2005 9:00:55 PM