2011 Books

2011 in Books — My favorites

2011 in Books — By the numbers

Books Read

The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach

What’s to Become of the Boy?: Or, Something to Do with Books, Heinrich Böll

The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm: A Lexicon for Those of Us Who Are Better and Smarter Than the Rest of You, James Napoli

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, Bobby Henderson

The Eichmann Trial, Deborah E. Lipstadt

36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, Rebecca Goldstein

Monte Cassino, Sven Hassel

Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask, Jim McRae

The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass, Bill Maher

Bossypants. Tina Fey

11/22/63, Stephen King

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr, Michael Deakin

The President, Georges Simenon

Grumpy Old Rock Star, Rick Wakeman

A Peace of My Mind, Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story At a Time, John Noltner

Here Comes Trouble, Michael Moore

After the Apocalypse: Stories, Mauren F. McHugh

Feast Day of Fools, James Lee Burke

The Revisionists, Thomas Mullen

The Third Reich: A Novel, Roberto Bolaño

Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks

When She Woke, Hillary Jordan

My Friend Jesus Christ, Lars Husum

1Q84, Haruki Murakami

The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, David Javerbaum

The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco

Running Away to Home: Our Family’s Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters, Jennifer Wilson

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, Charles J. Shields

Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For, Brenda K. Marshall

Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, Anna Funder

A History of the World Since 9/11: Disaster, Deception, and Destruction in the War on Terror, Dominic Streatfeild

Caligula: A Biography, Aloys Winterling

Machine Man, Max Barry

George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Olivia Harrison

American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, David O. Stewart

Anatomy of a Disappearance, Hisham Matar

November 22, 1963, Adam Braver

Chronicle in Stone, Ismail Kadare

The Woman in the Dunes, Kobo Abe

The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta

Johnny Moon, Mike Palecek

What It Is Like to Go to War, Karl Marlantes

Train To Nowhere: Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation, Colleen Bradford Krantz

Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris, David King

This Beautiful Life, Helen Schulman

Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, Janet Reitman

Cain, Jose Saramago

Discontents, James Wallace Birch

The Submission, Amy Waldman

The Golden Mean: A Novel of Aristotle and Alexander the Great, Annabel Lyon

Six: A Football Coach’s Journey to a National Record, Marc Rasmussen

Encyclopaedia of Hell: An Invasion Manual for Demons Concerning the Planet Earth and the Human Race Which Infests It, Martin Olson

Wisdom of Progressive Voices, Joanne Boyer (ed.)

Principle over Party: The Farmers’ Alliance and Populism in South Dakota, 1880-1900, R. Alton Lee

Turbulence, Giles Foden

The Boomer’s Guide to Story: A Search for Insight in Literature and Film, Roemer McPhee

The Missing of the Somme, Geoff Dyer

God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales, Penn Jillette

The Long Night: William L. Shirer and the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Steve Wick

Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America’s Growing Conspiracist Underground, Jonathan Kay

The Knowledge of Good & Evil, Glenn Kleier

A Stolen Life: A Memoir, Jaycee Dugard

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

Coming Unglued: Six Stories About Things Falling Apart

The Curfew, Jesse Ball

Turn of Mind, Alice LaPlante

Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me, Howie Mandel

The Train Was On Time, Heinrich Böll

I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Steve Earle

Rule 34, Charles Stross

The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

Robopocalypse, Daniel H. Wilson

The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather’s Secret Past, Martin Davidson

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, Ben Mezrich

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, James Frey

The Tunnel, Ernesto Sabato

Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11, Kathryn Olmsted

Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970, David Browne

Hitler’s First War: Adolf Hitler, the Men of the List Regiment, and the First World War, Thomas Weber

The Sojourn, Andrew Krivak

Doc, Mary Doria Russell

Ephemera, Jeffery M. Anderson

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, Jon Ronson

Embassytown, China Miéville

Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned, John A. Farrell

Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, & Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust, Samuel P. King and Randall W. Roth

Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen, Lili’uokalani

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

Conquered City, Victor Serge

Hawaii:: A History of the Big Island, Robert F. Oaks

The Illumination, Kevin Brockmeier

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, Erik Larson

7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin, James Sullivan

Animal Farm, George Orwell

After Midnight, Irmgard Keun

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Laura Hillenbrand

Let There Be Pebble: A Middle-Handicapper’s Year in America’s Garden of Golf, Zachary Michael Jack

Out of the Vinyl Deeps: Ellen Willis on Rock Music, Ellen Willis

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, Milton Rokeach

Kapitoil, Teddy Wayne

The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, David L. Ulin

You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Shocking but Utterly True Facts,

Pereira Maintains, Antonio Tabucchi

Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell

Volt, Alan Heathcock

Love All the People, Bill Hicks

Street Player: My Chicago Story, Danny Seraphine

Enigmatic Pilot: A Tall Tale Too True, Kris Saknussem

The Secret of Wilhelm Storitz: The First English Translation of Verne’s Original Manuscript, Jules Verne

First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth, Marc Kaufman

Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World, Kevin Grange

Half a Life, Darin Strauss

Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories, John Joseph Adams (ed.)

The Stones Cry Out, Hikaru Okuizumi

My Reading Life, Pat Conroy

Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World’s Holy Dead, Peter Manseau

Kings of the Earth, John Clinch

To a Mountain in Tibet, Colin Thubron

The Paperbark Shoe, Goldie Goldbloom

The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear, Seth Mnookin

The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda, Mercè Rodoreda

Other Earths, Nick Gevers and Jay Lake (eds.)

Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth, Lisa Napoli

Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story, Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn

The Unnamed, Joshua Ferris

Journal of an Ordinary Grief, Mahmoud Darwish

Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall – from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness, Frank Brady

Tree of Smoke, Denis Johnson

First Contact: Or, It’s Later Than You Think, Evan Mandery

The Gospel of Anarchy, Justin Taylor (Review)

My Dead Dad Was in ZZ Top: 100% Real,* Never Before Seen Documents from the World of Rock and Roll, Jon Glaser (Review)

Crime: Stories, Ferdinand von Schirach

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction, Kurt Vonnegut

Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, Alexandra Horowitz

Escape from the Land of Snows: The Young Dalai Lama’s Harrowing Flight to Freedom and the Making of a Spiritual Hero, Stephan Talty

Just Kids, Patti Smith

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka

Secret and Suppressed II: Banned Ideas and Hidden History into the 21st Century, Adam Parfrey (ed.)

Exile and the Kingdom, Albert Camus

Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories, Mike Birbiglia

Still Alice, Lisa Genova

How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond, John Powell (Review)

American Subversive, David Goodwillie

Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor