best books of 2007

tree of smokeSo I tend to read mostly fiction so that’s what I’ve culled as far as folk’s favorites. This keeps a nice tally on more books to stack in my ever growing ‘to read’ pile. Perhaps if I turned off the tv a little more frequently I’d make more progress. In alphabetical order by author, *denotes favorite/#1 pick.

  • Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman – PW
  • Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón – LA
  • The House of Meetings by Martin Amis – LG
  • Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski – LA, PW, SK
  • Away by Amy Bloom – LA
  • The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano – Am, LA, NYT, PW, WP
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke – PW
  • Five Skies by Ron Carlson – LA
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon – LA, SK
  • Finn by John Clinch – WP
  • Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money by Rebecca Curtis – LA
  • The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies – BG
  • Falling Man by Don DeLillo – Am, BG, LA, PW
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – Am, JR, LA, LG*, PW
  • The Empress of Weehawken by Irene Dische – LA
  • The Last Cavalier by Alexandre Dumas- WP
  • The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander – LA
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright – Am, BG, LA
  • Zeroville by Steve Erickson – LA
  • Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris – JR, LG, NYT
  • Twilight by William Gay – SK
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – SK
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – PW 
  • The Ghost by Robert Harris – SK
  • Returning to Earth by Jim Harrison – PW
  • The Chicago Way by Michael Harvey – PW
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill – PW
  • The Archivist’s Story by Travis Holland – PW
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – Am*, LG
  • Body of Lies by David Ignatius – PW
  • A Free Life by Ha Jin – JR
  • Tree of Smoke: A Novel by Denis Johnson – Am, BG, LG, NYT, PW, SK, WP
  • No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July – LG
  • Bowl of Cherries by Millard Kaufman – PW
  • The God of Animals: A Novel by Aryn Kyle – Am
  • What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman – PW
  • The Complete Stories by David Malouf – PW
  • Them by Nathan McCall – PW
  • Remainder by Tom McCarthy – LA, PW
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan – BG, JR, WP
  • Red Rover by Deirdre McNamer – LA
  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu – Am
  • The Collected Stories by Leonard Michaels – LA
  • The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates – JR
  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell – Am
  • Be Near Me by Andrew O’Hagan – PW
  • Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan – JR
  • Out Stealing Horses: A Novel by Per Petterson – JR, LG, NYT
  • Surveillance by Jonathan Raban – PW 
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – LG, SK
  • Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo – Am, LA, SK 
  • Shakespeare’s Kitchen by Lore Segal – JR
  • Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe – LA, PW
  • Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard – LA, LG
  • The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver – JR, LG
  • The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva – PW
  • The Terror by Dan Simmons – JR, SK
  • Beyond Reach  by Karin Slaughter – PW
  • Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas – NYT
  • White Walls: Collected Stories by Tatyana Tolstaya – PW
  • Cheating at Canasta: Stories by William Trevor – BG, LA
  • Hollywood Station by Joseph Wambaugh – SK
  • The Shadow Catcher: A Novel by Marianne Wiggins – LA, PW

Am – Amazon, BG – Boston Globe, LA- LA Times, NYT-New York Times, JR – Jennifer Reese for EW, LG – Lev Grossman at Time, PW – Publisher’s Weekly, SK – Stephen King for EW (read in 2007), WP – Washington Post

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