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Good Reading 2006

Yes, it's that time of year again. As the Arctic cold settles in and Christmas retreats in the rearview mirror, it's time to reflect on the best books I've read during the past twelve months. Since I rarely read a book in its year of publication, my list is drawn from books I've read this year, not ones published this year. The envelope, please...

1. James Meek: The People's Act of Love
2. Ander Monson: Other Electricities
3. Jonathan Coe: Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson
4. Kevin Guilfoile: Cast of Shadows
5. Tony Fitzpatrick: Bum Town
6. Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five
7. Miriam Toews: A Complicated Kindness
8. Richard Grayson: And To Think That He Kissed Him on Lorimer Street
9. James Joyce: Dubliners
10. Shalom Auslander: Beware of God

Honorable Mentions: Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood; Art Spiegelman: In the Shadow of No Towers; Colin Meloy: Let It Be; Jay Ryan: 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcrafted Art of Jay Ryan.

Re-Readings: Theodore Dreiser: Sister Carrie; Franz Kafka and Peter Kuper: The Metamorphosis.

2005 List
2004 List
2003 List
2002 List

December 29, 2006 in Books | Permalink