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New York Times Most Notable: 2002 – Present

Each year the New York Times publishes its 100 Most Notable Books of the year, gleaned from the that years’ reviews.

Books I’ve read are highlighted in Blue – follow the links to my reviews.

2012 Most Notable Books


  1. ALIF THE UNSEEN by G. Willow Wilson
  2. ALMOST NEVER by Daniel Sada, Translated by Katherine Silver
  3. AN AMERICAN SPY by Olen Steinhauer
  4. ARCADIA by Lauren Groff
  5. AT LAST by Edward St. Aubyn
  6. BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
  8. BLASPHEMY by Sherman Alexie
  9. THE BOOK OF MISCHIEF: New and Selected Stories by Steve Stern
  10. BRING UP THE BODIES by Hilary Mantel
  11. BUILDING STORIES by Chris Ware
  12. BY BLOOD by Ellen Ullman
  13. CANADA by Richard Ford
  14. CARRY THE ONE by Carol Anshaw
  15. CITY OF BOHANE by Kevin Barry
  16. DEAR LIFE: Stories by Alice Munro
  17. THE DEVIL IN SILVER by Victor LaValle
  18. ENCHANTMENTS by Kathryn Harrison
  19. FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver (read my review)
  20. FOBBIT by David Abrams
  21. THE FORGETTING TREE by Tatjana Soli
  22. GATHERING OF WATERS by Bernice L. McFadden
  23. GODS WITHOUT MEN by Hari Kunzru
  24. HHhH by Laurent Binet, Translated by Sam Taylor
  25. A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING by Dave Eggers
  26. HOME by Toni Morrison (read my review)
  27. HOPE: A TRAGEDY by Shalom Auslander
  28. HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? by Sheila Heti
  29. IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
  30. A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME by Wiley Cash
  31. MARRIED LOVE: And Other Stories by Tessa Hadley
  32. NW by Zadie Smith
  34. THE RIGHT-HAND SHORE by Christopher Tilghman
  35. THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
  36. SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward (read my review)
  37. SAN MIGUEL by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  38. SHINE SHINE SHINE by Lydia Netzer
  39. SHOUT HER LOVELY NAME by Natalie Serber
  40. SILENT HOUSE by Orhan Pamuk, Translated by Robert Finn
  41. THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont
  42. SWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan
  43. SWIMMING HOME by Deborah Levy
  44. TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael Chabon
  45. THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Toibin
  46. THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER by Junot Díaz
  47. THREE STRONG WOMEN by Marie NDiaye, translated by John Fletcher
  48. TOBY’S ROOM by Pat Barker
  49. WATERGATE by Thomas Mallon
  51. THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers
  1. ALL WE KNOW: Three Lives by Lisa Cohen
  2. AMERICAN TAPESTRY: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama by Rachel L. Swarns
  3. AMERICAN TRIUMVIRATE: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and the Modern Age of Golf by James Dodson
  4. ARE YOU MY MOTHER? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel
  5. BARACK OBAMA: The Story by David Maraniss
  6. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
  7. BELZONI: The Giant Archaeologists Love to Hate by Ivor Noël Hume
  8. THE BLACK COUNT: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
  9. BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
  10. COMING APART: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles Murray
  11. DARWIN’S GHOSTS: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott
  12. A DISPOSITION TO BE RICH: How a Small-Town Preacher’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States by Geoffrey C. Ward
  13. FAR FROM THE TREE: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
  14. FLAGRANT CONDUCT. The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans by Dale Carpenter
  15. THE FOLLY OF FOOLS: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life by Robert Trivers
  16. THE GREY ALBUM: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young
  17. HAITI: The Aftershocks of History by Laurent Dubois
  18. HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
  19. HOW MUSIC WORKS by David Byrne
  20. IRON CURTAIN: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum
  21. KAYAK MORNING: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats by Roger Rosenblatt
  22. LINCOLN’S CODE: The Laws of War in American History by John Fabian Witt
  23. LITTLE AMERICA: The War Within the War for Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  24. MEMOIR OF A DEBULKED WOMAN: Enduring Ovarian Cancer by Susan Gubar
  25. MY POETS by Maureen N. McLane
  26. THE OBAMAS by Jodi Kantor
  27. ODDLY NORMAL: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms With His Sexuality by John Schwartz
  28. ON A FARTHER SHORE: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder
  29. ON SAUDI ARABIA: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines — and Future by Karen Elliott House
  30. THE ONE: The Life and Music of James Brown by RJ Smith
  31. THE PASSAGE OF POWER: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro
  32. THE PATRIARCH: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy by David Nasaw
  33. PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo — and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry
  34. RED BRICK, BLACK MOUNTAIN, WHITE CLAY: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival by Christopher Benfey
  35. RULE AND RUIN. The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party: From Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice
  36. SAUL STEINBERG: A Biography by Deirdre Bair
  37. SHOOTING VICTORIA: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy
  38. SHORT NIGHTS OF THE SHADOW CATCHER: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
  39. THE SOCIAL CONQUEST OF EARTH by Edward O. Wilson
  40. SOMETIMES THERE IS A VOID: Memoirs of an Outsider by Zakes Mda
  41. SPILLOVER: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
  42. THE TASTE OF WAR: World War II and the Battle for Food by Lizzie Colling­ham
  43. THOMAS JEFFERSON: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
  44. VICTORY: The Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman
  45. WHEN GOD TALKS BACK: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God by T. M. Luhrmann
  46. WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL? by Jeanette Winterson
  47. WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST? An Existential Detective Story by Jim Holt

2011 Most Notable Books


  1. THE ANGEL ESMERALDA: Nine Stories, by Don DeLillo.
  2. THE ART OF FIELDING, by Chad Harbach.
  3. THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES, by Héctor Tobar.
  4. BIG QUESTIONS. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? Written and illustrated by Anders Brekhus Nilsen.
  5. THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC, by Julie Otsuka (read my review)
  6. CANTI, by Giacomo Leopardi. Translated by Jonathan Galassi.
  7. THE CAT’S TABLE, by Michael Ondaatje.
  8. CHANGÓ’S BEADS AND TWO-TONE SHOES, by William Kennedy.
  9. COME ON ALL YOU GHOSTS, by Matthew Zapruder.
  10. 11/22/63, by Stephen King (read my review)
  11. THE FREE WORLD, by David Bezmozgis.
  12. GHOST LIGHTS, by Lydia Millet.
  13. THE GRIEF OF OTHERS, by Leah Hager Cohen.
  14. GRYPHON: New and Selected Stories, by Charles Baxter.
  15. HOUSE OF HOLES: A Book of Raunch, by Nicholson Baker.
  16. THE LAST WEREWOLF, by Glen Duncan.
  17. THE LEFTOVERS, by Tom Perrotta.
  18. LIFE ON MARS, by Tracy K. Smith.
  19. THE LONDON TRAIN, by Tessa Hadley (read my review)
  20. LONG, LAST, HAPPY: New and Selected Stories, by Barry Hannah.
  21. LOST MEMORY OF SKIN, by Russell Banks.
  22. THE MARRIAGE PLOT, by Jeffrey Eugenides (read my review)
  23. A MOMENT IN THE SUN, by John Sayles.
  24. MR. FOX, by Helen Oyeyemi.
  25. MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE, by Francine Prose.
  26. 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.
  27. OPEN CITY, by Teju Cole.
  28. THE PALE KING: An Unfinished Novel, by David Foster Wallace.
  29. PARALLEL STORIES, by Peter Nadas. Translated by Imre Goldstein.
  30. SAY HER NAME, by Francisco Goldman.
  31. SCENES FROM VILLAGE LIFE, by Amos Oz. Translated by Nicholas de Lange
  32. THE SENSE OF AN ENDING, by Julian Barnes.
  33. SEVEN YEARS, by Peter Stamm. Translated by Michael Hofmann.
  34. SHARDS, by Ismet Prcic.
  35. SPACE, IN CHAINS, by Laura Kasischke.
  36. STONE ARABIA, by Dana Spiotta.
  37. THE STRANGER’S CHILD, by Alan Hollinghurst.
  38. THE SUBMISSION, by Amy Waldman (read my review)
  39. SWAMPLANDIA!  by Karen Russell (read my review)
  40. TEN THOUSAND SAINTS, by Eleanor Henderson.
  41. THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE, by Helen Schulman.
  42. THE TIGER’S WIFE, by Téa Obreht (read my review)
  43. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR, by Arthur Phillips.
  44. TRAIN DREAMS, by Denis Johnson.


  1. AND SO IT GOES. Kurt Vonnegut: A Life, by Charles J. Shields.
  2. ARGUABLY: Essays, by Christopher Hitchens.
  3. THE ART OF CRUELTY: A Reckoning, by Maggie Nelson.
  5. THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY: Explanations That Transform the World, by David Deutsch.
  6. BELIEVING IS SEEING: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography, by Errol Morris.
  7. THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker.
  8. BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton.
  9. BLUE NIGHTS, by Joan Didion.
  10. THE BOY IN THE MOON: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son, by Ian Brown (read my review)
  11. CARAVAGGIO: A Life Sacred and Profane, by Andrew Graham-Dixon.
  12. CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman, by Robert K. Massie.
  13. CLARENCE DARROW: Attorney for the Damned, by John A. Farrell.
  15. DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard.
  16. THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE: Nonfictions, Etc., by Jonathan Lethem.
  17. 1861: The Civil War Awakening, by Adam Goodheart.
  18. EXAMINED LIVES: From Socrates to Nietzsche, by James Miller.
  19. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, by Charles C. Mann.
  20. GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life, by John Lewis Gaddis.
  21. GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India, by Joseph Lelyveld.
  22. HARLEM IS NOWHERE: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.
  23. HOLY WAR: How Vasco da Gama’s Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations, by Nigel Cliff.
  24. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson.
  25. INFERNO: The World at War, 1939-1945, by Max Hastings.
  26. THE INFORMATION: A History. A Theory. A Flood, by James Gleick.
  27. INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion, by Janet Reitman.
  28. IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? Translation and the Meaning of Everything, by David Bellos.
  29. JERUSALEM: The Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore.
  30. THE KEATS BROTHERS: The Life of John and George, by Denise Gigante.
  31. KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, byLisa Randall.
  32. MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention, by Manning Marable.
  33. THE MEMORY CHALET, by Tony Judt.
  34. MIDNIGHT RISING: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, by Tony Horwitz.
  35. MOBY-DUCK: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them, by Donovan Hohn.
  36. MY SONG: A Memoir, by Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson.
  37. THE NET DELUSION: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, by Evgeny Morozov.
  38. ONE DAY I WILL WRITE ABOUT THIS PLACE: A Memoir, by Binyavanga Wainaina.
  39. THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution, by Francis Fukuyama.
  40. PAULINE KAEL: A Life in the Dark, by Brian Kellow.
  41. PULPHEAD, by John Jeremiah Sullivan.
  42. THE QUEST: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin.
  43. RIGHTS GONE WRONG: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality, by Richard Thompson Ford.
  44. RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend, by Susan Orlean.
  45. [SIC]: A Memoir, by Joshua Cody.
  46. THE STORM OF WAR: A New History of the Second World War, by Andrew Roberts.
  47. THE SWERVE: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt.
  48. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, by Daniel Kahneman.
  49. TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET, by Colin Thubron.
  50. TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild.
  51. A TRAIN IN WINTER: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France, by Caroline Moorehead.
  52. VAN GOGH: The Life, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
  53. WHO’S AFRAID OF POST-BLACKNESS? What It Means to Be Black Now, by Touré.
  54. WHY THE WEST RULES — FOR NOW: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future, by Ian Morris.
  55. A WORLD ON FIRE: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War, by Amanda Foreman.

2010 Most Notable Books


  1. AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE,  by David Goodwillie
  2. ANGELOLOGY,  by Danielle Trussoni
  3. THE ASK, by Sam Lipsyte
  4. BOUND, by Antonya Nelson
  5. COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY, by Hans Keilson
  6. DOUBLE HAPPINESS: Stories, by Mary-Beth Hughes
  7. FOREIGN BODIES, by Cynthia Ozick
  8. FREEDOM, by Jonathan Franzen (read my review)
  9. FUN WITH PROBLEMS: Stories, by Robert Stone
  10. GIRL BY THE ROAD AT NIGHT: A Novel of Vietnam, by David Rabe
  12. GREAT HOUSE, by Nicole Krauss
  14. HOW TO READ THE AIR, by Dinaw Mengestu
  15. I CURSE THE RIVER OF TIME, by Per Petterson. Translated by Charlotte Barslund with Per Petterson (read my review)
  16. ILUSTRADO, by Miguel Syjuco
  17. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS, by Tom Rachman
  18. THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE, by Julie Orringer (read my review)
  20. THE LONG SONG, by Andrea Levy (read my review)
  21. THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY, by Zachary Mason
  22. THE LOTUS EATERS, by Tatjana Soli (read my review)
  23. MATTERHORN: A Novel of the Vietnam War, by Karl Marlantes
  24. MEMORY WALL: Stories, by Anthony Doerr
  25. MR. PEANUT, by Adam Ross
  26. THE NEAREST EXIT, by Olen Steinhauer
  27. THE NEW YORKER STORIES,by Ann Beattie
  28. ONE DAY, by David Nicholls.
  29. THE PRIVILEGES, by Jonathan Dee
  30. ROOM, by Emma Donoghue (read my review)
  31. THE SAME RIVER TWICE, by Ted Mooney
  32. SELECTED STORIES, by William Trevor
  33. SHADOW TAG, by Louise Erdrich (read my review)
  34. SOLAR, by Ian McEwan
  35. SOMETHING RED, by Jennifer Gilmore
  36. SOURLAND: Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates
  37. THE SPOT: Stories, by David Means.
  38. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY, by Gary Shteyngart
  39. THE SURRENDERED. by Chang-rae Lee.
  41. THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT, by Cathleen Schine (read my review)
  42. TO THE END OF THE LAND, by David Grossman. Translated by Jessica Cohen
  43. VIDA, by Patricia Engel
  44. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, by Jennifer Egan
  45. WHAT BECOMES: Stories, by A. L. Kennedy
  46. WILD CHILD: Stories, by T. Coraghessan Boyle

2009 Most Notable Books (The 2009 list, with book descriptions and links may be found here)


  1. Amateur Barbarians, by ROBERT COHEN
  2. American Rust, By PHILIPP MEYER
  3. The Anthologist, By NICHOLSON BAKER
  4. The Art Student’s War, By BRAD LEITHAUSER
  5. Asterios Polyp, Written and illustrated by DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI
  6. Await Your Reply, By DAN CHAON
  7. Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, By MAILE MELOY
  8. The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, By PETER ACKROYD
  9. Chronic City, By JONATHAN LETHEM
  10. The Confessions of Edward Day, By VALERIE MARTIN
  11. Dearest Creature, By AMY GERSTLER
  12. Do Not Deny Me: Stories, By JEAN THOMPSON
  13. Don’t Cry: Stories, By MARY GAITSKILL
  14. Every Man Dies Alone, By HANS FALLADA; translated by MICHAEL HOFMANN
  15. Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, By WELLS TOWER
  16. Family Album, By PENELOPE LIVELY
  17. Follow Me, By JOANNA SCOTT (read my review)
  18. A Gate at the Stairs, By LORRIE MOORE
  19. Generosity: An Enhancement, By RICHARD POWERS
  20. Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, By JEANNETTE WALLS
  21. How it Ended: New and Collected Stories, By JAY McINERNEY
  22. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, By DANIYAL MUEENUDDIN
  23. Invisible, By PAUL AUSTER
  24. Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, By GEOFF DYER
  26. Lark and Termite, By JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS
  27. Let the Great World Spin, By COLUM McCANN (read my review)
  28. The Little Stranger, By SARAH WATERS (read my review)
  29. Love and Obstacles: Stories, By ALEKSANDAR HEMON
  30. Love and Summer, By WILLIAM TREVOR
  31. The Museum of Innocence, By ORHAN PAMUK; translated by MAUREEN FREELY
  32. My Father’s Tears: And Other Stories, By JOHN UPDIKE
  33. Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall, By KAZUO ISHIGURO
  34. Nothing Right: Short Stories, By ANTONYA NELSON
  35. Once the Shore: Stories, By PAUL YOON
  36. One D.O.A., One on the Way, By MARY ROBISON
  37. Sag Harbor, By COLSON WHITEHEAD
  38. A Short History of Women, By KATE WALBERT
  39. The Sky Below, By STACEY D’ERASMO
  40. The Song Is You, By ARTHUR PHILLIPS
  41. Too Much Happiness, By ALICE MUNRO
  42. Typhoon, By CHARLES CUMMING
  43. A Village Life, By LOUISE GLÜCK
  44. Wolf Hall, By HILARY MANTEL (read my review)
  45. The Year of the Flood, By MARGARET ATWOOD (read my review)


  1. The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn, By LOUISA GILDER
  2. The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, By RICHARD HOLMES
  3. Ayn Rand and the World She Made, By ANNE C. HELLER
  4. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, By FRANK BRUNI
  5. The Case for God, By KAREN ARMSTRONG
  6. Cheever: A Life, By BLAKE BAILEY
  7. City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and ’70s, By EDMUND WHITE
  8. Closing Time: A Memoir, By JOE QUEENAN
  9. Cold: Adventures in the World’s Frozen Places, By BILL STREEVER
  10. Columbine, By DAVE CULLEN
  11. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent, By ROBERT W. MERRY
  12. Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, By JAMES McMANUS
  13. Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, By MORRIS DICKSTEIN
  14. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, By LINDA GORDON
  15. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, By GORDON S. WOOD
  16. The Evolution of God, By ROBERT WRIGHT
  17. A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, By NEIL SHEEHAN
  18. The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, By MARY BEARD
  19. The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, By T. J. STILES
  20. Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, By BRAD GOOCH
  21. Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, By GREG GRANDIN
  22. The Good Soldiers, By DAVID FINKEL
  23. The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11, By JOHN FARMER
  24. Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme, By TRACY DAUGHERTY
  25. Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, By DOUG STANTON
  26. In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic, By DAVID WESSEL
  27. The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America, By STEVEN JOHNSON
  28. The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China, By HANNAH PAKULA
  29. Lit: A Memoir, By MARY KARR
  30. Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, By LIAQUAT AHAMED
  31. Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir, By CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY
  32. The Lost Child: A Mother’s Story, By JULIE MYERSON
  33. The Lost City Of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, By DAVID GRANN
  34. Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever, By WALTER KIRN
  35. Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, By MELVIN I. UROFSKY
  36. The Mercy Papers: A Memoir of Three Weeks, By ROBIN ROMM
  37. Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, By NICK REDING
  38. My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times, By HAROLD EVANS
  39. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street, By JUSTIN FOX
  40. Open: An Autobiography, By ANDRE AGASSI
  41. A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, By REBECCA SOLNIT
  42. Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, By CAROL SKLENICKA
  43. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, By LARRY TYE
  44. Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force — the NYPD, By CHRISTOPHER DICKEY
  45. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, By MATTHEW B. CRAWFORD
  46. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, By GRAHAM FARMELO
  47. Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, By ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
  48. The Third Reich at War, By RICHARD J. EVANS
  49. The Weight of a Mustard Seed: The Intimate Story of an Iraqi General and His Family During Thirty Years of Tyranny, By WENDELL STEAVENSON
  50. When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women From 1960 to the Present, By GAIL COLLINS
  51. Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, By BENJAMIN MOSER
  52. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, By DOUGLAS BRINKLEY
  53. Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity, By DANIEL JONAH GOLDHAGEN
  54. Yours Ever: People and Their Letters, By THOMAS MALLON
  55. Zeitoun, By DAVE EGGERS

2008 Most Notable Books (The 2008 list, with book descriptions and links may be found here)


  1. American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
  2. Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen
  3. Bass Cathedral, by Nathaniel Mackey
  4. Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock
  5. Beijing Coma, by Ma Jian
  6. A Better Angel: Stories, by Chris Adrian
  7. Black Files, by Shannon Burke
  8. The Blue Star, by Tony Earley
  9. The Boat, by Nam Le
  10. Breath, by Tim Winton
  11. Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories, by Steven Millhauser
  12. Dear American Airlines, by Jonathan Miles
  13. Diary of a Bad Year, by J. M. Coetzee
  14. Dictation: A Quartet, by Cynthia Ozick
  15. The English Major, by Jim Harrison
  16. Fanon, by John Edgar Wideman
  17. The Finder, by Colin Harrison
  18. Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3, by Annie Proulx
  19. The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti (read my review)
  20. His Illegal Self, by Peter Carey
  21. Home, by Marilynne Robinson
  22. Indignation, by Philip Roth
  23. The Lazurus Project, by Aleksandar Hemon
  24. Legend of a Suicide, by David Vann
  25. Life Class, by Pat Barker
  26. Lush Life, by Richard Price
  27. A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
  28. A Most Wanted Man, by John le Carre
  29. My Revolutions, by Hari Kunzru
  30. Netherland, by Jospeh O’Neill (read my review)
  31. The Other, by David Guterson
  32. Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories, by Tobias Wolff
  33. The Road Home, by Rose Tremain (read my review)
  34. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf, by Victor Pelevin
  35. The School on Heart’s Content Road, by Carolyn Chute
  36. Sir Galwain And The Green Knight: A New Verse Translation, by Simon Armitage
  37. Telex From Cuba, by Rachel Kusner
  38. 2666, by Roberto Bolano (Translated by Natasha Wimmer)
  39. Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri (read my review)
  40. The Unfortunates, by B. S. Johnson
  41. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
  42. The Widows of Eastwick, by John Updike
  43. Yesterday’s Weather, by Anne Enright


  1. American Lion: Andrew Jackson n the White House, by Jon Meacham
  2. Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, by Barton Gellman
  3. Bacardi and the Long Fight For Cuba: The Biography of a Cause, by Tom Gjelten
  4. The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart, by Bill Bishop
  5. Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene, by Masha Gessen
  6. Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through The Lives of the First Black Congressmen, by Philip Dray
  7. The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight Over Presidential Power, by Jonathan Mahler
  8. Champlain’s Dream, by David Hackett Fischer
  9. Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and The Fight to Save the World, by Samantha Power
  10. Condoleezza Rice: An American Life: A Biography, by Elisabeth Bumiller
  11. The Darkside: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals, by Jane Mayer
  12. Deta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music, by Ted Gioia
  13. Descarte’s Bones: A Skeletal history of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, by Russell Shorto
  14. Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, by Robin Wright
  15. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow
  16. An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination: A Memoir, by Elizabeth McCracken (read my review)
  17. Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, by Leslie T. Chang
  18. The Forever War, by Dexter Filkins
  19. Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention, by Gary J. Bass
  20. A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books, by Alex Beam
  21. Hallelujah Junction: Composing an American Life, by John Adams
  22. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed
  23. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America, by Homas L. Friedman
  24. The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood, by Helene Cooper
  25. How Fiction Works, by James Wood
  26. Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists, by Susan Neiman
  27. The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life, His Own, by David Carr
  28. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, by Rick Perlstein
  29. Nothing to Be Frightened Of, by Julian Barnes
  30. Nureyev: The Life, by Julie Kavanagh
  31. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, by Mark Harris
  32. The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria
  33. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, by Dan Ariely
  34. The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse, by Richard Thompson
  35. Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45, by Max Hastings
  36. A Secular Age, by Charles Taylor
  37. Shakespeare’s Wife, by Germaine Greer
  38. The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies, by Bert Holldobler and Edward O. Wilson
  39. Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and The Serach for a Way Out of Iraq, by Linda Robinson
  40. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America, by David Hajdu
  41. They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons, by Jacob Heilbrunn
  42. This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, by Drew Gilpin Faust
  43. The Three of Us: A Family Story, by Julia Blackburn
  44. Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father’s House, by Miranda Seymour
  45. Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What It Says About Us), by Tom Vanderbilt
  46. The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Creidt Crash, by Charles R. Morris
  47. A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, by Tony Horwitz
  48. Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson, by David S. Reynolds
  49. While They Slept: An Inquiry Into the Murder of a Family, by Kathryn Harrison
  50. White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, by Brenda Wineapple
  51. The Wild Places, by Robert Macfarlane
  52. The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul, by Patrick French

2007 Most Notable Books (The 2007 list, along with links to previous years may be found here.)


  1. The Abstinence Teacher, by Tom Perrotta
  2. After Dark, by Haruki Murakami. Translated by Jay Rubin (Read my review)
  3. The Bad Girl, by Mario Vargas Llosa. Translated by Edith Grossman
  4. Bearing the Body, by Ehud Havazelet
  5. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, by Dinaw Mengestu
  6. Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo (Read my review)
  7. The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao, by Junot Díaz
  8. Call Me By Your Name, by André Aciman
  9. Cheating At Canasta, by William Trevor
  10. Dancing To “Almendra.” By Mayra Montero. Translated by Edith Grossman.
  11. Exit Ghost, by Philip Roth.
  12. Falling Man, by Don DeLillo
  13. Fellow Travelers, by Thomas Mallon
  14. A Free Life, by Ha Jin
  15. The Gathering, by Anne Enright (read my review)
  16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
  17. House Lights, by Leah Hager Cohen
  18. House of Meetings, by Martin Amis
  19. In The Country of Men, by Hisham Matar
  20. The Indian Clerk, by David Leavitt
  21. Knots, by Nuruddin Farah
  22. Later At The Bar: A Novel in Stories, by Rebecca Barry
  23. Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name, by Vendela Vida (Read my review)
  24. Like You’d Understand, Anyway: Stories, by Jim Shepard
  25. Man Gone Down, by Michael Thomas
  26. Matrimony, by Joshua Henkin (read my review)
  27. The Maytrees, by Annie Dillard
  28. The Ministry of Special Cases, by Nathan Englander
  29. Mothers and Sons: Stories, by Colm Toibin
  30. Next Life, by Rae Armantrout
  31. On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan (read my review)
  32. Out Stealing Horses, by Per Petterson. Translated by Anne Born. (read my review)
  33. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid (read my review)
  34. Remainder, by Tom McCarthy
  35. The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer.
  36. The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer
  37. Shortcomings, by Adrian Tomine
  38. Sunstroke: And Other Stories, by Tessa Hadley.
  39. Then We Came to the End, by Joshua Ferris
  40. Throw Like a Girl: Stories, by Jean Thompson
  41. Tree of Smoke, by Denis Johnson
  42. Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money, by Rebecca Curtis
  43. Varieties of Disturbance: Stories, by Lydia Davis
  44. The View From Castle Rock: Stories, by Alice Munro (read my review)
  45. What is the What: A Novel, by Dave Eggers
  46. Winterton Blue, by Trezza Azzopardi
  47. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, by Michael Chabon

2006 Most Notable Books


  1. Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (read my review)
  2. The Translator, by Leila Aboulela (read my review)
  3. Alentejo Blue, by Monica Ali (read my review)
  4. One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson
  5. Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes (read my review)
  6. Brookland, by Emily Barton
  7. Last Evenings on Earth, by Roberto Bolano
  8. Only Revolutions, by Mark Z. Danielewski (DNF – did not review)
  9. The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai (read my review)
  10. The Dead Fish Museum, by Charles D’Ambrosio
  11. The Keep, by Jennifer Eagan
  12. Twilight of the Superheroes, by Deborah Eisenberg
  13. The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford
  14. The Dissident, by Nell Freudenberger
  15. Skinner’s Drift, by Lisa Fugard
  16. Old Filth, by Jane Gardam (read my review)
  17. Golden Country, by Jennifer Gilmore
  18. Intuition, by Allegra Goodman
  19. The Stories of Mary Gordon, by Mary Gordon
  20. The Dream Life of Sukhanov, by Olga Grushin
  21. The Possibility of an Island, by Michel Houellebecq
  22. Beasts of No Nation, by Uzodinma Iweala (read my review)
  23. All Aunt Hagar’s Children, by Edward P. Jones
  24. The Uses of Enchantment, by Heidi Julavits
  25. Forgetfulness, by Ward Just
  26. Gate of the Sun, by Elias Khoury
  27. Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King
  28. The Inhabited World, by David Long
  29. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (read my review)
  30. After This, by Alice McDermott
  31. Gallatin Canyon: Stories, by Thomas McGuane
  32. The Emperor’s Children, by Claire Messud (read my review)
  33. Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell (read my review)
  34. Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky (read my review)
  35. High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates
  36. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
  37. The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers (read my review)
  38. Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon
  39. Everyman, by Phillip Roth
  40. Absurditan, by Gary Shteyngart
  41. Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta (read my review)
  42. Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
  43. Terrorist, by John Updike
  44. Apex Hides the Hurt, by Colson Whitehead
  45. A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua

2005 Most Notable Books


  1. Beyond Black, by Hilary Mantel
  2. A Changed Man, by Francine Prose
  3. Empire Rising, by Thomas Kelly
  4. Envy, by Kathryn Harrison
  5. Europe Central, by William T. Vollmann
  6. Follies: New Stories, by Ann Beattie
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
  8. Home Land, by Sam Lipsyte
  9. The Hot Kid, by Elmore Leonard
  10. How We Are Hungry: Stories, by Dave Eggers
  11. In Case We Are Separated: Connected Stories, by Alice Mattison
  12. Indecision, by Benjamin Kunkel
  13. Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
  14. Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis
  15. Maps for Lost Lovers, by Nadeem Aslam
  16. The March, by E.L. Doctorow
  17. Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  18. Missing Mom, by Joyce Carol Oates
  19. Mission to America, by Walter Kirn
  20. Mother’s Milk, by Edward St. Aubyn
  21. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
  22. No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy (read my review)
  23. On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
  24. The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich
  25. Please Don’t Come Back From the Moon, by Dean Bakopoulos
  26. Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld
  27. Saturday, by Ian McEwan
  28. The Sea, by John Banville
  29. Seven Types of Ambiguity, by Elliot Perlman
  30. Shalimar the Clown, by Salman Rushdie
  31. Slow Man, by J.M. Coetzee (read my review)
  32. The Successor, by Ismail Kadare
  33. Towelhead, by Alicia Erian
  34. Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill

2004 Most Notable Books


  1. Aloft, by Chang-rae Lee
  2. The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler
  3. Bandbox, by Thomas Mallon
  4. A Bit on the Side, by William Trevor
  5. Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell (read my review)
  6. The Curse of the Appropriate Man, by Lynn Freed
  7. The Darling, by Russell Banks
  8. The Falls, by Joyce Carol Oates
  9. The First Desire, by Nancy Reisman
  10. Four Souls, by Louise Erdrich
  11. Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (no review)
  12. The Hamilton Case, by Michelle de Kretser
  13. Harbor, by Lorraine Adams
  14. Heir to the Glimmering World, by Cynthia Ozick
  15. I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
  16. The Inner Circle, by T.C. Boyle
  17. The Jane Austen Book Club, by Karen Joy Fowler
  18. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
  19. The Lemon Table: Stories, by Julian Barnes
  20. The Line of Beauty, by Alan Hollinghurst
  21. Little Children, by Tom Perrotta
  22. Magic Seeds, by V.S. Naipaul
  23. The Master, by Colm Toibin
  24. Men and Cartoons: Stories, by Jonathan Lethem
  25. Natasha: And Other Stories, by David Bezmozgis
  26. Oblivion: Stories, by David Foster Wallace
  27. Our Kind, by Kate Walbert
  28. The Persistence of Memory, by Tony Eprile
  29. The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth
  30. The Prodigal, by Derek Walcott
  31. Runaway, by Alice Monro
  32. Snow, by Orhan Pamuk
  33. The Stone That The Builder Refused, by Madison Smartt Bell
  34. Sweet Land Stories, by E.L. Doctorow
  35. Transmission, by Hari Kunzru
  36. The Tyrant’s Novel, by Thomas Keneally
  37. An Unfinished Season, by Ward Just
  38. Villages, by John Updike
  39. Wake Up Sir! by Jonathan Ames
  40. War Trash, by Ha Jin

2003 Most Notable Books


  1. Abandon: A Romance, by Pico Iyer
  2. All Over Creation, by Ruth Ozeki
  3. American Woman, by Susan Choi
  4. And Now You Can Go, by Vendela Vida
  5. Anja The Liar, by Thomas Moran
  6. Any Human Heart, by William Boyd
  7. Bangkok 8, by John Burdett
  8. Bay of Souls, by Robert Stone
  9. Best Friends, by Thomas Berger
  10. Bliss, by Ronit Matalon
  11. The Book Against God, by James Wood
  12. The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong
  13. A Box of Matches, by Nicholson Baker
  14. The Bug, by Ellen Ullman
  15. Charlie Johnson in the Flames, by Michael Ignatieff
  16. Clara, by Janice Galloway
  17. The Coffee Trader, by Divid Liss
  18. The Commissariat of Enlightenment, by Ken Kalfus
  19. The Company You Keep, by Neil Gordon
  20. Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo
  21. Crabwalk, by Gunter Grass
  22. Crackpots, by Sara Pritchard
  23. Creation, by Katherine Govier
  24. The Crossley Baby, by Jacqueline Carey
  25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  26. The Cutting Room, by Louise Welsh
  27. The Deep and Other Stories, by Mary Swan
  28. A Distant Shore, by Caryl Phillips
  29. The Dogs of Babel, by Carolyn Parkhurst
  30. Domino, by Ross King
  31. Dream Jungle, by Jessica Hagedorn
  32. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, by Z.Z. Packer
  33. The Early Stories: 1953-1975, by John Updike
  34. The Effect of Living Backwards, by Heidi Julavits
  35. Elizabeth Costello, by J.M. Coetzee
  36. Elroy Nights, by Frederick Barthelme
  37. Evidence of Things Unseen, by Marianne Wiggins
  38. The Fall, by Simon Mawer
  39. Featherstone, by Kirsty Gunn
  40. A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies: Stories, by John Murray
  41. Four Spirits, by Sena Jeter Naslund
  42. The Fox’s Walk, by Annabel Davis-Goff
  43. The Furies, by Fernanda Eerstadt
  44. The Gangster We Are All Looking For, by Le Thi Diem Thuy
  45. Genesis, by Jim Crace
  46. Getting Mother’s Body, by Suzan-Lori Parks
  47. Gilgamesh, by Joan London
  48. Gilligan’s Wake, by Tom Carson
  49. Good Faith, by Jane Smiley
  50. The Great Fire, by Shirley Hazzard (read my review)
  51. Great Neck, by Jay Cantor
  52. The Guru of Love, by Samrat Upadhyay
  53. The Hazards of Good Breeding, by Jessica Shattuck
  54. Heavenly Days, by James Wilcox
  55. Heaven’s Edge, by Romesh Gunesekera
  56. The Hills at Home, by Nancy Clark
  57. A Hole in the Heart, by Christopher Marquis
  58. How to Breathe Underwater: Stories, by Julie Orringer
  59. Hungry Ghost, by Keith Kachtick
  60. Indelible Acts: Stories, by A.L. Kennedy
  61. The Inquisitors’ Manual, by Antonio Lobo Antunes
  62. I Sailed With Magellan, by Stuart Dybek
  63. Jamesland, by Michelle Huneven
  64. Jennifer Government, by Max Barry
  65. Kill Two Birds and Get Stones, by Kinky Friedman
  66. The King In The Tree: Three Novellas, by Steven Millhauser
  67. The King is Dead, by Jim Lewis
  68. L’Affaire, by Diane Johnson
  69. Liars and Saints, by Maile Meloy
  70. The Light of Day, by Graham Swift
  71. Little Infamies: Stories, by Panos Karnezis
  72. The Little Women, by Katharine Weber
  73. Lives of the Circus Animals, by Christopher Bram
  74. Long For this World, by Michael Byers
  75. Loot: And Other Stories, by Nadine Gordimer
  76. Lost in a Good Book, by Jasper Fforde
  77. Love, by Toni Morrison
  78. Love Me, by Garrison Keillor
  79. Lucky Girls: Stories, by Nell Freudenberger
  80. Making Things Better, by Anita Brookner
  81. The Marriage of the Sea, by Jane Alison
  82. The Master Butchers Singing Club, by Louise Erdrich
  83. A Memory of War, by Frederick Busch
  84. Middle Earth, by Henri Cole
  85. The Minotaur takes A Cigarette Break, by Steven Sherrill
  86. Mr. Timothy, by Louis Bayard
  87. Monkey Hunting, by Cristina Garcia
  88. The Monsters of St. Helena, by brooks Hansen
  89. Mortals, by Norman Rush
  90. My Life as a Fake, by Peter Carey
  91. The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  92. Office of Innocence, by Thomas Keneally
  93. Old School, by Tobias Wolff
  94. One Last Look, by Susanna Moore
  95. One Pill Makes You Smaller, by Lisa Dierbeck
  96. Oracle Night, by Paul Auster
  97. Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood (no review)
  98. Our Lady of the Forest, by David Guterson (no review)
  99. A Palestine Affair, by Jonathan Wilson
  100. Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
  101. Personalit, by Andrew O’Hagan
  102. The Photograph, by Penelope Lively
  103. The Pieces from Berlin, by Michael Pye
  104. The Point of Return, by Siddhartha Deb
  105. Postcards from Berlin, by Margaret Leroy
  106. Property, by Valerie Martin
  107. The Quality of LIfe Report, by Meghan Daum
  108. Quicksilver: Volume One of the Baroque Cycle, by Neal Stephenson
  109. Reunion, by Alan Lightman
  110. The Romantic, by Barbara Gowdy
  111. Rumpole Rests His Case, by John Mortimer
  112. Samaritan, by Richard Price
  113. San Remo Drive: A Novel From Memory, by Leslie Epstein
  114. Saul and Patsy, by Charles Baxter
  115. Secret Father, James Carroll
  116. Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls, by Matt Ruff
  117. The Shadow King, by Jane Stevenson
  118. She is Me, by Cathleen Schine
  119. A Ship Made of Paper, by Scott Spencer
  120. Shipwreck, by Louis Begley
  121. Shroud, by John Banville
  122. The Songs of the Kings, by Barry Unsworth
  123. Star of the Sea, by Joseph O’Connor
  124. Still Holding, by Bruce Wagner
  125. Stillness: And Other Stories, by Bourtney Angela Brkic
  126. Stone Garden, by Molly Moynahan
  127. A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali, by Gil Courtemanche
  128. Sweetwater, by Roxana Robinson
  129. That Old Ace in the Hold, by Annie Proulx (no review)
  130. Tiger in a Trance, by Max Ludington
  131. The Time of Our Singing, by Richard Powers
  132. Train, by Pete Dexter
  133. The Unprofessionals, by Julie Hecht
  134. Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
  135. A Walking Guide, by Alan S. Cowell
  136. Waxwings, by Jonathan Raban
  137. The Way to Paradise, by Mario Vargas Llosa
  138. We Pierce, by Andrew Huebner
  139. What I Loved, by Siri Hustvedt
  140. What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, by Zoe Heller
  141. When the Women Come out to Dance: Stories, by Elmore Leonard
  142. A Whistling Woman, by A. S. Byatt
  143. The Winter Queen, by Boris Akunin
  144. Yellow Dog, by Marin Amis

2002 Most Notable


  1. Accidents in the Home, by Tessa Hadley
  2. The Adventures of Miles and Isabel, by Tom Gilling
  3. After Nature, by W.G. Sebald
  4. After the Quake: Stories, by Haruki Marakumi
  5. Agape Agape, by William Gaddis
  6. At Swim, Two Boys, by Jamie O’Neill
  7. The Autograph Man, by Zadie Smith
  8. Baudolino, by Umberto Eco
  9. Bedlam Burning, by Geoff Nicholson
  10. Be My Knife, by David Grossman
  11. Bet Your Life, by Richard Dooling
  12. Big If, by Mark Costello
  13. Blessings, by Anna Quindlen (no review)
  14. The Book of Illusions, by Paul Auster
  15. By the Lake, by John McGahern
  16. The Cadence of Grass, by Thomas McGuane
  17. Camouflage: Stories, by Murray Bail
  18. Caramelo, by Sandra Cisneros
  19. The Cave, by Jose Saramago
  20. Century’s Son, by Robert Boswell
  21. Child of my Heart, by Alice McDermott
  22. A Child’s Book of True Crime, by Chloe Hooper
  23. The Collected Stories, by Clare Boylan
  24. The Complete Works of Isaac Babel, edited by Nathalie Babel
  25. The Crazed, by Ha Jin
  26. The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michel Faber
  27. Crow Lake, by Mary Lawson
  28. Darlington’s Fall: A Novel in Verse, by Brad Leithauser
  29. The Darts of Cupid: And Other Stories, by Edith Templeton
  30. The Dead Circus, by John Kaye
  31. December 6, by Martin Cruz Smith
  32. Desirable Daughters, by Bharati Mukherjee
  33. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, by Ann Packer (no review)
  34. The Doctor’s House, by Ann Beattie
  35. The Emperor of Ocean Park, by Sephen L. Carter
  36. Enemy Women, by Paulette Jiles
  37. Eva’s Cousin, by Sibylle Knauss
  38. Everything is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer
  39. Fair Warning, by Robert Olen Butler
  40. Family Matters, by Rohinton Mistry
  41. Female Trouble: A Collection of Short Stories, by Antonya Nelson
  42. Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters (read my review)
  43. Fragrant Harbor, by John Lanchester
  44. The Good Remains, by Nani Power
  45. Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish, by Richard Flanagan
  46. Great Dream of Heaven: Stories, by Sam Shepard
  47. Half in Love: Stories, Maile Meloy
  48. The Heart of Redness, by Zakes Mda
  49. The Horned Man, by James Lasdun
  50. The House of Blue Mangoes, by David Davidar
  51. House of Women, by Lynn Freed
  52. The Idea of Perfection, by Kate Grenville
  53. I Don’t Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother, by Allison Pearson
  54. Ignorance, by Milan Kundera
  55. I’ll Take You There, by Joyce Carol Oates
  56. Interesting Women: Stories, by Andrea Lee
  57. In The Forest, by Edna O’Brien
  58. In The Hand of Dante, by Nick Tosches
  59. July July, by Tim O’Brien
  60. Just Like Beauty, by Lisa Lerner
  61. The Keepers of the Truth, by Michael Collins
  62. The Laying on of Hands: Stories, by Alan Bennett
  63. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (read my review)
  64. Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived: Stories, by Lily Tuck
  65. The Little Friend, by Donna Tartt
  66. The Lost Garden, by Helen Humphreys
  67. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
  68. Malaise, by Nancy Lemann
  69. Mary George of Allnorthover, by Lavinia Greenlaw
  70. The Metal Shredders, by Nancy Zafris
  71. Me Times Three, by Alex Wichell
  72. Mind Catcher, by John Darnton
  73. The Miracle, by John L’Heureux
  74. The Monk Downstairs, by Tim Farrington
  75. Moral Hazard, by Kate Jennings
  76. A Multitude of Sins: Stories, by Richard Ford
  77. The Navigator of New York, by Wayne Johnston
  78. The Nerve, by Glyn Maxwell
  79. Noble Norfleet, by Reynolds Price
  80. No Saints or Angels, by Ivan Klima
  81. Nothing that Meets the Eye: The Uncollected Stories of Patricia Highsmith, by Patricia Highsmith
  82. No Way to Treat a First Lady, by Christopher Buckley
  83. Oxygen, by Andre Miller
  84. Palladio, by Jonathan Dee
  85. Paradise Alley, by Kevin Baker
  86. The Piano Tuner, by Daniel Mason
  87. The Pickup, by Nadine Gordimer
  88. Polar, by T.R. Pearson
  89. Prague, by Arthur Phillips
  90. Rapture, by Susan Minot
  91. The Real McCoy, by Darin Strauss
  92. The Return of the Caravels, by Antonio Lobo Antunes
  93. Reversible Errors, by Scott Turow
  94. The Rotter’s Club, by Jonathan Coe
  95. The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, by Gary Shteyngart
  96. The Seal Wife, by Kathryn Harrison
  97. Searching for Intruders: A Novel in Stories, by Stephen Raleigh Byler
  98. The Season of Lillian Dawes, by Katherine Mosby
  99. The Secret, by Eva Hoffman
  100. Seek My Face, by John Updike
  101. Servants of the Map: Stories, by Andrea Barrett
  102. The Seven Sisters, by Margaret Drabble
  103. The Shell Collector: Stories, by Anthony Doerr
  104. The Siege, by Helen Dunmore
  105. A Simple Habana Melody: (From When the World Was Good), by Oscar Hijuelos
  106. Sin Killer: The Berrybender Narratives, Book 1, by Larry McMurtry
  107. Spies, by Michael Frayn
  108. Spring Flowers Spring Frost, by Ismail Kadare
  109. The Stories of Alice Adams, by Alice Adams
  110. The Story of Lucy Gault, by William Trevor
  111. The Strength of the Sun, by Catherine Chidgey
  112. Summer in Baden-Baden, by Leonid Tsypkin
  113. The Sweetest Dream, by Doris Lessing
  114. Tell Me: 30 Stories, by Mary Robison
  115. 10th Grade, by Joseph Weisberg
  116. Tepper Isn’t Going Out, by Calvin Trillin
  117. Things You Shouldn’t Know: A Collection of Stories, by A.M. Homes
  118. This Cold Country, by Annabel Davis-Goff
  119. Three Junes, by Julia Glass
  120. Tishomingo Blues, by Elmore Leonard
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  128. Versailles, by Kathryn Davis
  129. Walk Through Darkness, by David Anthony Durham
  130. Wavemaker II, by Mary-Beth Hughes
  131. The Weather in Berlin, by Ward Just
  132. When the Emperor Was Devine, by Julie Otsuka
  133. The Whore’s Child: And Other Stories, by Richard Russo
  134. Wide Blue Yonder, by Jean Thompson
  135. The Winter Zoo, by John Beckman
  136. Wish You Were Here, by Stewart O’Nan
  137. You Are Not A Stranger Here, by Adam Haslett
  138. You Shall Know Our Velocity, by Dave Eggers



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