Thursday, December 2, 2010

NYT "10 Best Books of 2010" List Out; PFB Underwhelmed

The NYT, apparently following the Giller Prize's lead of showering praise on the obscure, the unorderable, and the absurdly expensive, coughs up its Best-of-the-Year list for 2010.  (With one brief concession to popular taste).

The Guardian has a longer and much more interesting list.  Unsurprisingly, that Franzen guy is on it, too.

The PFB Best-of-2010 list isn't really objective or scientific, but here it is anyway:

John Valliant, The Tiger

Lydia Davis (trans.), Madame Bovary

Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

Michael Lewis, The Big Short

Daniel Clowes, Wilson

Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?

Sam Lipsyte, The Ask

Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad

Most of these are here on the shelves right now.