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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Library Journal lists top books for year (USA)

Library Journal has announced its annual Top Ten Best Books list. Chosen by a consensus vote of eight Book Review editors, the list represents outstanding titles in fiction and nonfiction that span subjects as widely disparate as bigamy, politically charged fashion, Balkan magical realism, and pre-Civil War history. "Because so much is being published and in so many formats, lists have become even more important reading tools," said Heather McCormack, Book Review Editor of Library Journal. "We're proud of our Top Ten because we think it showcases both blockbuster works and quieter contenders that merit more attention. No matter their topics, these books share an irresistible point of view." The following titles made up the 2011 Top Ten list:

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton and others (text) & Sølve Sundsbø (photogs.) (Metropolitan Museum of Art, dist. by Yale Univ.)

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz (Holt)

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (Algonquin)

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami (Knopf)

The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Random)

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka (Knopf)

The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips (Random)

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker (Viking)

Tides of War by Stella Tillyard (Holt)

The Empty Family: Stories by Colm Tóibín (Scribner)

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