Self’s Reading Year (2011)

Best Nonfiction:

  • Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire by Judith Thurman
  • Legacy of Ashes:  The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

Best Memoirs:

  • Body of Work:  Meditations on Mortality From the Human Anatomy Lab by Christine Montrose
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Best Mystery:

  • The Indian Bride by Karin Fossum

Best Novels:

  • Mr. Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • Sepharad by Antonio Muñoz Molina
  • The Assault by Harry Mulisch
  • Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirovsky
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (Self cried buckets at the ending)

Best Travel Books:

  • Marco Polo:  From Venice to Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen
  • A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor (who died this year)
  • The White Nile by Alan Moorehead

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