The New York Times has published their top 10 list. Frankly, I haven't read any of them, and only one (The Nine) is on my must-read list. The 100 Notable Books list is more up my speed. I recommend The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Harry Potter (last one!), and the Yiddish Policeman's Union. I have heard good things of On Chesil Beach, The Abstinence Teacher, Bridge of Sighs, and Exit Ghost. If you want to get any one book for you, email us. flref (@) farmingtonlibct (dot) org
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.
The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolaño.
Then We Came to the end by Joshua Ferris.
Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson.
Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajov Chandraserakan.
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.
The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin.
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh by Linda Colley.
The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross.
THE ABSTINENCE TEACHER. By Tom Perrotta
AFTER DARK. By Haruki Murakami
THE BAD GIRL. By Mario Vargas Llosa
BEARING THE BODY. By Ehud Havazelet
THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS. By Dinaw Mengestu
BRIDGE OF SIGHS. By Richard Russo
THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO. By Junot Díaz
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. By André Aciman
CHEATING AT CANASTA. By William Trevor
THE COLLECTED POEMS, 1956-1998. By Zbigniew Herbert
DANCING TO “ALMENDRA.” By Mayra Montero
EXIT GHOST. By Philip Roth
FALLING MAN. By Don DeLillo
FELLOW TRAVELERS. By Thomas Mallon
A FREE LIFE. By Ha Jin
THE GATHERING. By Anne Enright
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. By J.K. Rowling.
HOUSE LIGHTS. By Leah Hager Cohen.
HOUSE OF MEETINGS. By Martin Amis.
IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN. By Hisham Matar
THE INDIAN CLERK. By David Leavitt
KNOTS. By Nuruddin Farah
LATER, AT THE BAR: A Novel in Stories. By Rebecca Barry
LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME. By Vendela Vida
LIKE YOU’D UNDERSTAND, ANYWAY: Stories. By Jim Shepard
MAN GONE DOWN. By Michael Thomas
MATRIMONY. By Joshua Henkin
THE MAYTREES. By Annie Dillard
THE MINISTRY OF SPECIAL CASES. By Nathan Englander
MOTHERS AND SONS: Stories. By Colm Toibin.
NEXT LIFE. By Rae Armantrout
ON CHESIL BEACH. By Ian McEwan
OUT STEALING HORSES. By Per Petterson
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST. By Mohsin Hamid
REMAINDER. By Tom McCarthy
THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES. By Roberto Bolaño
SELECTED POEMS. By Derek Walcott
THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ. By Dalia Sofer
SHORTCOMINGS. By Adrian Tomine
SUNSTROKE: And Other Stories. By Tessa Hadley
THEN WE CAME TO THE END. By Joshua Ferris
THROW LIKE A GIRL: Stories. By Jean Thompson
TIME AND MATERIALS: Poems, 1997-2005. By Robert Hass
TREE OF SMOKE. By Denis Johnson
TWENTY GRAND: And Other Tales of Love and Money. By Rebecca Curtis
VARIETIES OF DISTURBANCE: Stories. By Lydia Davis
THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK: Stories. By Alice Munro
WHAT IS THE WHAT. The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. By Dave Eggers
WINTERTON BLUE. By Trezza Azzopardi
THE YIDDISH POLICEMEN’S UNION. By Michael Chabon