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Here's my fave eight fiction and eight nonfiction reads of the year. To my eyes, American fiction has made a comeback, and the best nonfiction continues to be well written.
My lists here are in no particular order, and most have posts on the blog - a couple will soon appear. If you're curious, check out how I see 'em.
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert - translation by Lydia Davis
The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
Age of Iron, by J.M. Coetzee
The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy - translation by Pevear & Volokhonsky
Stiltsville, by Susanna Daniel
Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
Zaat, by Sonallah Ibrahim
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, by Toby Wilkinson
Play Their Hearts Out, by George Dohrmann
The Abacus and the Cross, by Nancy Marie Brown
Becoming Animal, by David Abrahm
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes, by Judy Collins
A.D. 1000, byRichard Erdoes
Pulphead, by John Jeremiah Sullivan
Hemingway's Boat, by Paul Hendrickson
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