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Book Critics' Year-End Top Ten Lists

Numbered lists reflect rankings given by the publication. Unranked lists are presented in alphabetical order by author or title.

The Atlantic Monthly
  Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
  The Secret River by Kate Grenville
  All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
  After This by Alice McDermott
  The Accidental by Ali Smith
  Framing The Early Middle Ages by Chris Wickham
Boston Globe

FICTION:
  Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
  The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford
  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  After This by Alice McDermott
  The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  The Accidental by Ali Smith
  NONFICTION:
  At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
  Mellon by David Cannadine
  The Worst Hard Time by Christopher Egan
  The Cold War by John Lewis Gaddis
  All Governments Lie! by Myra MacPherson
  The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
  Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
  Justice For All by Jim Newton
  Jane Goodall by Dale Peterson
  Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  State Of Denial by Bob Woodward
Chicago Tribune
  At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
  Blue Arabesque by Patricia Hampl
  The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  A Godly Hero: The Life Of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin
  The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai
  The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford
  Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate
  What Is The What by Dave Eggers
  When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton
Christian Science Monitor

FICTION:
1.
Leaving Home by Anita Brookner
2.
The Accidental by Ali Smith
3.
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
4.
The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai
5.
Gate Of The Sun by Elias Khoury
6.
The Last Of Her Kind by Sigrid Nunez
7.
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
8.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
9.
Digging To America by Anne Tyler
10.
Theft by Peter Carey
11.
Talk Talk by TC Boyle
12.
Cellophane by Marie Arana
13.
The Lambs Of London by Peter Ackroyd
14.
Special Topics In Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
15.
The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
16.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
17.
Imperium by Robert Harris
18.
Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund
19.
The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS:
1.
Manhunt by James Swanson
2.
The Summer Snow by Rebecca Pawel
3.
The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam
4.
The Pale Blue Eye by Louis Bayard
5.
The Mission Song by John le Carré

SHORT STORIES:
1.
Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
2.
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
3.
All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
4.
The Ladies Of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke

GENERAL NONFICTION:
1.
The Worst Hard Time by Christopher Egan
2.
Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
3.
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
4.
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
5.
Uncommon Carriers by John McPhee
6.
The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery
7.
Heat by Bill Buford
8.
The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
9.
The Prince Of The Marshes by Rory Stewart
10.
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
11.
There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
12.
Tigers In Red Weather by Ruth Padel
13.
The Shakespeare Wars by Ron Rosenbaum
14.
Fiasco by Thomas Ricks
15.
State Of Denial by Bob Woodward
16.
Through The Children's Gate by Adam Gopnik
17.
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

BIOGRAPHIES:
1.
Operation Yao Ming by Brook Larmer
2.
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power by Richard Carwardine
3.
At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
4.
Modigliani: A Life by Jeffrey Meyers
5.
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
6.
LBJ: The Architect of American Ambition by Randall B. Woods
7.
The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music by Dunstan Prial

MEMOIRS:
1.
Let Me Finish by Roger Angell
2.
My Life In France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme
3.
The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen
4.
Things I Didn't Know by Robert Hughes
5.
The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
The Economist

BIOGRAPHY:
1.
Alexis de Tocqueville by Hugh Brogan
2.
Mellon by David Cannadine
3.
The Life Of George Mackay Brown by Maggie Fergusson
4.
Passionate Minds by David Bodanis
5.
A Royal Affair by Stella Tillyard
6.
Thomas Hardy by Claire Tomalin

HISTORY:
1.
Khrushchev’s Cold War by Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali.
2.
The Battle For Spain by Antony Beevor
3.
Twelve Days by Victor Sebestyen
4.
The Wages Of Destruction by Adam Tooze
5.
The Grand Slave Emporium by William St Clair
6.
The Trial Of Queen Caroline by Jane Robins

POLITICS & CURRENT AFFAIRS:
1.
Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan
2.
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
3.
Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power by Joseph Margulies
4.
The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
5.
Sacred Causes by Michael Burleigh
6.
China Shakes The World by James Kynge
7.
In Spite Of The Gods by Edward Luce
8.
The J Curve by Ian Bremmer
9.
Seize The Hour by Margaret MacMillan
10.
White Man's Burden by William Easterly
11.
The Trouble With Africa by Robert Calderisi

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:
1.
The Revenge Of Gaia by James Lovelock
2.
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
3.
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
4.
The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin

FICTION & MEMOIRS:
1.
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
2.
The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
3.
House Of Meetings by Martin Amis
4.
Everyman by Philip Roth
5.
Running For The Hills by Horatio Clare
6.
The Meaning Of Night by Michael Cox
7.
The Ruby In Her Navel by Barry Unsworth
8.
Seven Lies by James Lasdun
9.
Wizard Of The Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
Entertainment Weekly

FICTION:
1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2. The Ruins by Scott Smith
3. The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
4. The Secret River by Kate Grenville
5. End Of Story by Peter Abrahams
6.
King Dork by Frank Portman
7.
Alternatives To Sex by Stephen McCauley
8.
Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
9.
Everyman by Philip Roth
10.
The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos

NONFICTION:
1. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
2. The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
3. There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
4. The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
5. James Tiptree, Jr. by Julie Phillips
6.
Manhunt by James L. Swanson
7.
Oracle Bones by Peter Hessler
8.
Imperial Life In The Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
9.
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
10.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Kirkus Reviews

FICTION:
  Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
  This Human Season by Louise Dean
  The Book About Blanche And Marie by Per Olov Enquist
  The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford
  Intuition by Allegra Goodman
  All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
  The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  The Zero by Jess Walter

MYSTERIES:
  What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George
  Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein
  The Old Wine Shades by Martha Grimes
  No Good Deeds by Laura Lippman
  No Trace by Barry Maitland
  The Dead Hour by Denise Mina
  Days Of Rage by Kris Nelscott
  Still Life by Louise Penny
  Blue Shoes And Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith
  All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming

NONFICTION:
  Wake-Up Call by Kristen Breitweiser
  The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
  Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
  Ghost Plane by Stephen Grey
  The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation by Sid Jacobson
  Journey To A Revolution by Michael Korda
  I Celebrate Myself by Bill Morgan
  Manhunt by James L. Swanson
LA Weekly
  Last Evenings on Earth by Roberto Bolaño
  The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 edited by Dave Eggers
  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  Everyman by Philip Roth
  The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
  Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
  The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
Los Angeles Times

FICTION AND POETRY:
  All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
  Averno by Louise Gluck
  Birds In Fall by Brad Kessler
  Brookland by Emily Barton
  The Children's Hospital by Chris Adrian
  The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
  The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
  An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira
  Everyman by Philip Roth
  Forgetfulness by Ward Just
  Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane
  Hollywood Station by Joseph Wambaugh
  Horse Latitudes by Paul Muldoon
  The Light Of Evening by Edna O'Brien
  Man And Camel by Mark Strand
  The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret
  The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos
  Paint It Black by Janet Fitch
  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  Special Topics In Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  The Stories Of Mary Gordon by Mary Gordon
  Talk Talk by TC Boyle
  Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier
  Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
  NONFICTION:
  A Godly Hero: The Life Of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin
  Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw
  At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
  Blood Money by T. Christian Miller
  Blue Arabesque by Patricia Hampl
  The Din In The Head by Cynthia Ozick
  Gay L.A. by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons
  Ghost Hunters by Deborah Blum
  The Great Black Way by RJ Smith
  The Greatest Story Ever Sold by Frank Rich
  Hotel California by Barney Hoskyns
  Imperial Life In The Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
  Justice For All by Jim Newton
  The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
  The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
  Prisoners by Jeffrey Goldberg
  The Shakespeare Wars by Ron Rosenbaum
  State Of Denial by Bob Woodward
  A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas
  Walking Zero by Chet Raymo
  Walt Disney by Neal Gabler
  The Worst Hard Time by Christopher Egan
  You Must Set Forth At Dawn by Wole Soyinka
The New York Times

FICTION:
  Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart
  The Collected Stories Of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
  The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
  The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford
  Special Topics In Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  NONFICTION:
  Falling Through The Earth by Danielle Trussoni
  The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
  Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  The Places In Between by Rory Stewart
Publishers Weekly

FICTION:
  End Of Story by Peter Abrahams
  The Littlest Hitler by Ryan Boudinot
  Theft by Peter Carey
  Brothers by Da Chen
  The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai
  The Lay Of The Land by Richard Ford
  The King Of Lies by John Hart
  The Unfinished Novel by Valerie Martin
  The Alibi Club by Francine Mathews
  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty
  The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos
  Now Is The Hour by Tom Spanbauer
  Map Of Glass by Jane Urquhart
  A Woman In Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
  MYSTERIES:
  A Corpse In The Koryo by James Church
  Silence Of The Grave by Arnaldur Indriason
  Two Time by Chris Knopf
  The Summer Snow by Rebecca Pawel
  Impulse by Frederick Ramsay
  All Mortal Flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
  NONFICTION:
  At Canaan's Edge by Taylor Branch
  Flaubert: A Biography by Frederick Brown
  Our Town by Cynthia Carr
  My Life In France by Julia Child with Alex Prud'Homme
  Small Is The New Big by Seth Godin
  There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene
  Unquiet Grave by Steve Hendricks
  The Iron Cage by Rashid Khalidi
  Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn by William J. Mann
  Clemente: The Passion And Grace Of Baseball's Last Hero by David Maraniss
  Cross X by Joe Miller
  Justice For All by Jim Newton
  Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
  James Tiptree, Jr. by Julie Phillips
  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  The Echoing Green by Joshua Prager
  William James by Robert D. Richardson
  Fiasco by Thomas Ricks
  Song For My Fathers by Tom Sancton
  Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington
  The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
Salon.com

FICTION:
  What Is The What by Dave Eggers
  Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
  A Disorder Peculiar To The Country by Ken Kalfus
  Wizard Of The Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
  The Amalgamation Polka by Stephen Wright

NONFICTION:
  Sweet And Low by Rich Cohen
  The Family That Couldn't Sleep by DT Max
  The Lost by Daniel Mendelsohn
  James Tiptree, Jr. by Julie Phillips
  The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Washington Post

FICTION:
1. After This by Alice McDermott
2. All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
3. The Dream Life Of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin
4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
5. Shahnameh: The Persian Book Of Kings by Abolqasem Ferdowsi
  NONFICTION:
1. The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox
2. Fiasco by Thomas Ricks
3. The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
4. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
5. Stravinsky: The Second Exile -- France and America, 1934-1971 by Stephen Walsh
Village Voice
  The Afterlife by Donald Antrim
  All Aunt Hagar's Children by Edward P. Jones
  American Genius, A Comedy by Lynne Tillman
  Andy Warhol Screen Tests by Callie Angell
  Art Out Of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries, 1900-1969 edited by Dan Nadel Abrams
  China Syndrome by Karl Taro Greenfeld
  Drugs Are Nice by Lisa Crystal Carver
  The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
  Exquisite Corpse by Mark Nelson and Sarah Hudson Bayliss
  Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  Half Life by Shelley Jackson
  James Tiptree, Jr. by Julie Phillips
  The Last Of Her Kind by Sigrid Nunez
  Lost Girls by Alan Moore
  Memorial by Bruce Wagner
  New York 2000 by Robert A.M. Stern, David Fishman, and Jacob Tilove
  On The Town by Marshall Berman
  One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
  Our Town by Cynthia Carr
  The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis
  The Totality For Kids by Joshua Clover
  Twilight Of The Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg
  Up Is Up But So Is Down by Brandon Stosuy
  Voices Of Time by Eduardo Galeano
   

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