Thursday, December 11, 2008

Best Books of 2008

Ron Rash, author of Serena

St. Louis Today: Best Books of 2008
~~~ Best Books of 2008
Publisher's Weekly: Best Books of 2008
NPR: Best Books of 2008
Washington Post: Best Books of 2008
NYTimes: Best Books of 2008
The Ten Best Books I've Read in 2008 (not necessary published this year)

1. Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle - an astonishing memoir of her upbringing by rootless, utterly unorthodox, and finally homeless parents
2. Jeffrey Toobin, The Nine - a fascinating account of the current Supreme Court justices
3. Anthony Swofford, Jarhead - an honest, searching memoir of a marine in the Gulf War
4. Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains - an admiring profile of the amazing Dr. Paul Farmer
5. Sheila Weller, Girls Like Us - life stories/careers of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon
6. Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone - a harrowing memoir by a former boy soldier in war-torn Sierra Leone
7. Jennifer Finney Boylan, She's Not There - a memoir by an English prof. who underwent a sex-change operation
8. Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard - poems elegizing her mother and the Louisiana "Native Guard," a group of black soldiers during the Civil War
9. Philip Roth, Exit Ghost - apparently his final Nathan Zuckerman novel
10. Ron Rash, Serena - another masterful novel chronicling events in Western North Carolina

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