Perusing The Economist’s Best Books of the Year 2010

The milky haze that clouded Gracie’s eyes since self’s return has gone this afternoon.  Her pupils are clear and brown again.

Which means self can now devote a little more time to catch-up reading.

Here are the books self is interested in reading, after perusing The Economist’s Books of the Year 2010:

Politics and Current Affairs

Biography and Memoir



  • Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed:  About how an “incurable disease kills off a marriage, a career, a hero’s self-esteem.  An unusual and elegant meditation on the struggle with uncertainty.”
  • Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists:  “A first novel set in Rome, on a once-mighty American-owned international newspaper, not a million miles from the Paris-based International Herald Tribune, where Tom Rachman used to work”
  • William Trevor’s Selected Stories:  Trevor’s “fascination with, and sympathy for, so-called ordinary people and their small, poignant plights still seems inexhaustible.”


  • Derek Walcott’s White Egrets:  Poems:  “Mr. Walcott raises up the local  —  the sights and the sounds of his native St. Lucia  —  until they become the stuff of epic.”

The above list does not, of course, make up the definitive list of 2010’s best books because, for one thing, there are only two women authors in it.  In fact women —  ha, ha —  are actually not that well-represented in The Economist’s review pages.  So approach this —  as with all “Best of” lists —  with a grain of salt.

Self is also aware that this list is just about half the length of last year’s selections from The Economist‘s Books of the Year 2009.  Something for which she has no explanation.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


  1. Penny said,

    December 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    The Imperfectionists and The William Trevor short stories were absolutely my favorite books this year. Interesting there are no woman fiction writers on this list.

  2. December 27, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Hi, Penny,

    I’ll post the names of the women on The Economist Books of the Year list!

    Stay tuned.

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