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Monday, January 07, 2008

2007's Top Ten Books By Mark Flanagan

It is the season of the list. Here's ours for the top ten books of the year!

1. A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.

2. Body Surfing

By Anita Shreve. At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Now she has answered an ad to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.

3. Heart-Shaped Box

Readers who enjoy frightening themselves will enjoy Joe Hill's debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box.

4. Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu

Laurence Bergreen's fully authoritative biography of one of the most enchanting figures in world history.

5. On Chesil Beach

Ian McEwan's slim novel poignantly describing the uncomfortable wedding night of a couple in 1963.

6. Psychogeography: Disentangling the Modern Conundrum of Psyche and Place

55 essays culled from British author Will Self's eponymous "Independent" column and themed around an intimate acquaintance between Self and his environs.

7. The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid's novel about a young Pakistani's rise to success in America violently interrupted after September 11.

8. The Tin Roof Blowdown

James Lee Burke's new novel is a mystery set amidst the anarchy that is New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

9. The Yiddish Policemens Union

Michael Chabon's murder-mystery speculative-history Jewish-identity noir chess thriller.

10. Then We Came to the End

By Joshua Ferris. What The Office brought to television, what Office Space brought to the movies, and what Dilbert brought to comics, "Then We Came to the End" brings to literature.

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