critic’s picks – best books of 2011

I think by now we all know that I don’t get to new releases right away, but here’s what some of the critics are talking about out of this year’s crop. And of course I mostly stick to fiction so that’s what’s covered here. Check the links out below for full reviews and lists, and check back for the best (though maybe not ten) of what I did read this year.

  • The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad – PW
  • Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson – Ti
  • Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks – Am, JM
  • The Sense of Ending by Julian Barnes – SFG
  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton – Ti
  • The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier – MC
  • The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky – PW
  • The Death Ray by Daniel Clowes – Ti
  • Open City by Teju Cole – Ti, MC
  • Daughters of the Revolution by Carloyn Cooke – SFG
  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo – MK
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt – Am, PW
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides – Am, PW, MC
  • You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon – JM, SFG
  • Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman – PW
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – Am, NYT, MK, SFG, MC
  • Volt by Alan Heathcock – PW
  • Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson – NYT
  • The Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst – PW
  • Train Dreams by Denis Johnson – PW, MC
  • The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler – Ti
  • Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy – PW
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King – NYT
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – Am
  • Leche by R. Zamora Linmark – PW
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Ti
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – PW
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – Am
  • The Call by Yannick Murphy – PW
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht – Am, NYT, MK, PW
  • The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje – Am
  • State of Wonder by Ann Patchett – LG, PW, MC
  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta – MC
  • The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock – PW
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell – NYT, JM, SFG, MC
  • Cain by Jose Saramago – PW
  • Luminarium by Alex Shakar – PW
  • Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin – Am
  • There but for the by Ali Smith – PW
  • Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan – Ti
  • Someday This Will Be Funny by Lynne Tillman – PW
  • I Married You for Happiness by Lily Tuck – PW
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman – MC
  • The Pale King by David Foster Wallace – MK, Ti, MC
  • The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson – Ti

AM – Amazon, MC – Maureen Corrigan for NPR, MK – Michiko Kakutanis, JM – Janet Maslins, NYT – New York Times, PW – Publishers Weekly, SFG – SFGate, Ti – Time

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