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Best Books of 2010


Looking for something good to read during Thanksgiving break?  Perhaps the top ten lists from Publishers Weekly or Library Journal can help you pick out something fun.

Publishers Weekly – Top 10

In addtion to tracking news in the publishing industry, Publishers Weekly reviews over 7000 books each year.  Here are their top 10 picks for 2010:

  1. A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  2. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen (available in Browsing Collection by author’s last name)
  3. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  4. The Surrendered – Chang-rae Lee
  5. The Big Short – Michael Lewis (available in Browsing Collection by author’s last name)
  6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (available in Browsing Collection by author’s last name)
  7. Just Kids – Patti Smith (available in Browsing Collection by author’s last name)
  8. Man in the Woods – Scott Spencer
  9. The Lonely Polygamist – Brady Udall
  10. The Warmth of Other Suns – Isabel Wilkerson

The full article highlights the best books in the areas of Fiction, Poetry, Romance, SF/Fantasy/Horror, Comics, Nonfiction, Religion, and Lifestyle.

Library Journal – Top 10

The Library Journal helps librarians stay on top of trends in the industry and provides reviews of books to help librarians determine what is right for their collections.  Here are the top 10 books recommended by Library Journal:

  1. American Terroir: Savoring Flavors of Our Woods, Waters, and Fields by Rowan Jacobsen
  2. By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
  3. Freedom – Jonathan Franzen (available in Browsing Collection by author’s last name)
  4. How To Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
  5. Room by Emma Donoghue
  6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (available in Browsing Collection by author’s last name)
  7. The Passage by Justin Cronin
  8. The Tiger by John Vaillant
  9. The Warmth of Other Suns : The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson
  10. Walker Evans Decade by Decade text by James Crump


If McCain doesn’t have a copy, check your public libray: Dekalb | Fulton | Cobb.  Remember, Agnes Scott Students can obtain a Dekalb County library card at the Decatur branch.  To obtain a library card, students must present a valid ASC student ID and proof of DeKalb county residence (e.g. mail).

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