In Which Asks a Bunch of Famous Writers the All-Important Question

What is the best book of the year?

Here are the answers (and the authors who gave them) that self felt worthy of note:

  • Nick Hornby nominates Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of the Poets (also nominated by Laura Lippman)
  • Judy Blume nominates Nicola Keegan’s Swimming
  • Anne Lamott nominates Alice Eve Cohen’s memoir, What I Thought I Knew
  • Junot Diaz nominates a “hypnotic” first novel by Chloe Aridjis, Book of Clouds
  • Juan Cole nominates Barry Eisler’s spy thriller, Fault Line
  • Amy Sohn nominates Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked
  • Sean Wilsey nominates a memoir, The Kids Are All Right
  • Tracy Kidder nominates Alice Munro’s latest collection, Too Much Happiness
  • Dave Cullen nominates Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlives
  • Colum McCann nominates a book by the Jamaican novelist Marlon James, The Book of Night Women

* Nominated by a reader: David Finkel’s The Good Soldiers


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