2010 Books

My Best in Books 2010

2010 in Books – By the Numbers

Books Read:

The Hangman’s Daughter, Oliver Pötzsch

Travels in Siberia, Ian Frazier

Third Class Superhero, Charles Yu

Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again, Gary Calamar

I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas, Lewis Black

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas, Robin Harvie and Stephanie Meyers (eds.) (Review)

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Walter Mosley

Man in the Woods, Scott Spencer

Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson

Soul Identity, Dennis Batchelder

Pastoralia, George Saunders

By a Slow River, Phillipe Claudel

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu

A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial, Steve Hendricks (Review)

Death as a Side Effect, Ana María Shua (Review)

On the Rez, Ian Frazier

The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom, Stefan Waydenfeld (Review)

Life, Keith Richards

The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, Patrick Somerville (Review)

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth, James Tabor

The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown

Farthing, Jo Walton

Dope Menace: The Sensational World of Drug Paperbacks, Stephen J. Gertz

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, Gretchen Rubin

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot

Sunset Park, Paul Auster (Review)

Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin, Norah Vincent

The Hands of the Buddha: The Dhammapada, A Modern Interpretation, Susan Cogan

Sitting Bull, Prisoner of War, Dennis C. Pope (Review)

The Road, Vasily Grossman (Review)

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, Sarah Silverman

Room, Emma Donoghue

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission, Hampton Sides

The Cave Man, Xiaoda Xiao

The Anti-American Manifesto, Ted Rall (Review)

Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives, Peter Orner (ed.)

Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So, Mark Vonnegut (Review)

The Listener, Shira Nayman

American Taliban, Pearl Abraham

Kraken, China Mieville

Things We Didn’t See Coming, Steven K. Amsterdam

Treason on the Airwaves: Three Allied Broadcasters on Axis Radio during World War II, Judith Keene (Review)

The Death of the Adversary, Hans Keilson

Red April, Santiago Roncagliolo (Review)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

The Private Lives of Trees, Alejandro Zambra

This Day in Music, Neil Cossar (Review)

God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment, Scott Adams

Starting from Scratch, Susan Gilbert-Collins (Review)

Factory of Tears, Valzhyna Mort

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach

Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death, Jim Frederick

Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma, Emma Larkin

I Curse the River of Time, Per Petterson

Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration, Ann Bausum

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, David Eagleman

Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life, Michael Dirda

The Best American Comics 2010, Neil Gaiman (ed.) (Review)

Tinkers, Paul Harding

The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories, John Kessel

Generosity: An Enhancement, Richard Powers (Review)

The Scouting Party: Pioneering and Preservation, Progressivism and Preparedness in the Making of the Boy Scouts of America, David C. Scott and Brendan Murphy (Review)

Our Tragic Universe, Scarlett Thomas (Review)

Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban, Jere Van Dyk (Review)

Thumbing Through Thoreau: A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau, Kenny Luck (Review)

Sh*t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern

Brief Lives: Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Review)

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell (Review)

Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens

The Land of Deepening Shadow, D. Thomas Curtin

Behold the Man, Michael Moorcock

Unbound: A True Story of War, Love, and Survival, Dean King (Review)

Exile on Main Street: A Season in Hell with the Rolling Stones, Robert Greenfield

Me of Little Faith, Lewis Black

The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity, Mark Vonnegut

The Informers, Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Review)

The Passage, Justin Cronin (Review)

The Men Who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson

The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson

To Mervas, Elisabeth Rynell

The Night of the Gun, David Carr

War, Sebastian Junger (Review)

The Imperfectionists, Tom Rachman

Wolf Among Wolves, Hans Fallada (Review)

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin, Hampton Sides

Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History, David Aaronovitch

The Mammoth Book of Alternate Histories, Ian Watson and Ian Whates (eds.)

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ, Philip Pullman

The End of Major Combat Operations, Nick McDonnell

Looking for the Summer, Robert W. Norris (Review)

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, James L. Swanson

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes

Armenian Golgotha, Grigoris Balakian (Review)

Solar, Ian McEwan

The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War, David Laskin (Review)

Wild Bill Hickok & Calamity Jane: Deadwood Legends, James D. McLaird (Review)

Lonely: A Memoir, Emily White

Dark Heart of the Night, Leonora Miano (Review)

Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World, Nicholas Schou (Review)

Monsieur Pain, Roberto Bolaño

Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Days of Paranoia, Francis Wheen (Review)

Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman, David A. Wolff (Review)

The Twin, Gerbrand Bakker (Review)

The Virgin Warrior: The Life and Death of Joan of Arc, Larissa Taylor

Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging, Greg Critser

Everything Matters!, Ron Currie Jr.

God’s Brain, Lionel Tiger and Michael McGuire (Review)

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick

The Greatest Hockey Stories Ever Told: The Finest Writers on Ice, Bryant Urstadt (ed.)

Death in Spring, Merce Rodoreda

Point Omega, Don DeLillo

Brodeck, Philippe Claudel (Review)

The Maimed, Hermann Ungar

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life, Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt

The Man in Lower Ten, Mary Roberts Rinehart

Rupert: A Confession, Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer

Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & The Shondells, Tommy James (Review)

Black Dogs, Ian McEwan

The Three Stooges Scrapbook, Jeff Lenburg, Joan Howard Maurer & Greg Lenburg (Review)

Get Out of the Way, Daniel Dinges (Review)

The Kindly Ones, Jonathan Littell (Review)

Happy, Alex Lemon

Too Much Happiness: Stories, Alice Munro

The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, Charles Pellegrino (Review)