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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Library Journal announces inaugural top ten best books list

"For the very first time, Library Journal announces its top ten best books list reflecting fiction and nonfiction titles that stood out as the very best in 2010. The list - compiled with the input of librarians and LJ's stable of book reviewers - represents an assortment of books appropriate for a broad reading audience. Several of LJ's Book Review editors chronicled their deliberations on Twitter under the hash tag #bestbooks10"

The following titles make up the inaugural top ten list:

* American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury)

* By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

* Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

* How To Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)

* Room by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)

* The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown)

* The Passage by Justin Cronin (Ballantine)

* The Tiger by John Vaillant (Knopf)

* The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random)

* Walker Evans Decade by Decade (Hatje Cantz)

The full list, accompanied by approximately 20 notable titles and bests in genre fiction, how-to, and other genres (e.g., poetry, graphic novels, and memoir), will be published in the Nov. 18, 2010, installment of BookSmack!, LJ's twice-monthly e-newsletter, and in the December print issue.

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