2008 Books

Books of the Year

Books Read:

How Reading Changed My Life, Anna Quindlen

Karnak Café, Naguib Mahfouz

Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind, Paula Kamen

Metropole, Ferenc Karinthy

Good Dog. Stay., Anna Quindlen

The Archivist’s Story, Travis Holland

2666, Roberto Bolaño

Album of the Damned: Snapshots from the Third Reich, Paul Garson

Hunger, Knut Hamsun

Biografi: A Traveler’s Tale, Lloyd Jones

The Taker And Other Stories, Rubem Fonseca

I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Manifesto, Dave Thompson (Review)

Don’t Go There!: The Travel Detective’s Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World, Peter Greenberg (Review)

Death with Interruptions, Jose Saramago

Scattershot: My Bipolar Family, David Lovelace

Conspiracy Theory in Film, Television, and Politics, Gordon B. Arnold (Review)

The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp through Civilization’s Best Bits, Erik Sass & Steve Wiegand (Review)

The Wasted Vigil, Nadeem Aslam

Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg (Review)

To Siberia, Per Petterson

Down to a Sunless Sea, Mathias B. Freese (Review)

The Forever War, Dexter Filkins

Child 44, Tom Rob Smith

Dumbocracy: Adventures with the Loony Left, the Rabid Right, and Other American Idiots, Marty Beckerman (Review)

The Pets, Bragi Olafsson

Guests of the Nation, Mike Palecek (Review)

The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell (Review)

The Madonnas of Leningrad, Debra Dean

Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror, Steven T. Wax (Review)

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection, Michael Chabon

Home, Marilynne Robinson

Finding Nouf, Zoë Ferraris

Young Stalin, Simon Sebag Montefiore

Man in the Dark, Paul Auster

Mike’s Election Guide 2008, Michael Moore (Review)

Leningrad: State of Siege, Michael Jones

The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia, Tim Tzouliadis

Atmospheric Disturbances, Rivka Galchen

The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry (Review)

The Do-It-Yourself Constitutional Amendment Kit, Nathaniel Whitten (Review)

Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power, Virginia Rounding

Death in Slow Motion: My Mother’s Descent into Alzheimer’s, Eleanor Cooney

In the Wake, Per Petterson

Netherland, Joseph O’Neill

Air: Or, Have Not Have, Geoff Ryman

China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power, Rob Gifford

The Monster of Florence, Douglas Preston

The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life, Bruce Goldstein

The Inspector Barlach Mysteries: The Judge and His Hangman and Suspicion, Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Mirrored Heavens, David J. Williams (Review)

Peace, Richard Bausch

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, Mayra Calvani & Anne K. Edwards (Review)

Omega Minor, Paul Verhaeghen

Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey

The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire, Matt Taibbi (Review)

The Sorrow of War, Bao Ninh

White Noise, Don DeLillo

Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001), Don Felder

Little Brother, Cory Doctorow

Pushing Ice, Alastair Reynolds

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon

After Dachau, Daniel Quinn

The Man Who Turned Into Himself, David Ambrose (Review)

Serve the People!, Yan Lianke

Youth Without Youth, Mircea Eliade

Nazi Literature in the Americas, Roberto Bolaño (Review)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment, Anthony Lewis

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, John Joseph Adams (ed.)

Armageddon in Retrospect, Kurt Vonnegut

Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, Nicholson Baker

One Soldier’s War, Arkady Babchenko

Postcards from the Boys, Ringo Starr

His Illegal Self, Peter Carey

Jackson Browne: His Life and Music, Mark Bego

A Simple Twist Of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood On the Tracks, Andy Gill

Bad Monkeys, Matt Ruff

Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

Ice, Vladimir Sorokin

The Reader, Bernhard Schlink

Dreamers of the Day, Mary Doria Russell (Review)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Homecoming, Bernhard Schlink

The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, Eric Weiner (Review)

The Painter of Battles, Arturo Perez-Reverte

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Marjane Satrapi

Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers, Gary Kowalski (Review)

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World, Lonely Planet

Firstborn, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter

Guantanamo: A Novel, Dorothea Dieckmann (Review)

Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson (Review)

The Slynx, Tatyana Tolstaya (Review)

The Story of a Nobody, Anton Chekhov