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Best of the Decade: Books

Best of the Decade: Books (sort of)

Ok, so this is not a list of the best books published in the past decade… simply those I happened to read and enjoy most between 2000-2009.

Not too many big surprises here for many of you, but a few are buried or ignored little gems. Some already have their own posts here, others will follow suit.

Now, to the list:

In no particular order:

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay: Michael Chabon
  2. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: Haruki Murakami
  3. Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World: Haruki Murakami
  4. Kafka on the Shore: Haruki Murakami
  5. Dance, Dance, Dance: Haruki Murakami
  6. Master and Margarita: Mikhail Bulgakov
  7. In Cold Blood: Truman Capote
  8. East of Eden: John Steinbeck
  9. The Grapes of Wrath: John Steinbeck
  10. Underworld: Don DeLillo
  11. Libra: Don DeLillo
  12. White Noise: Don DeLillo
  13. Little Children: Tom Perrotta
  14. The Corrections: Jonathan Franzen
  15. Revolutionary Road: Richard Yates
  16. American Psycho: Bret Easton Ellis
  17. Lunar Park: Bret Easton Ellis
  18. A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks: Andy Gill
  19. Chronicles Volume I: Bob Dylan
  20. Bob Dylan, A Biography: Bob Spitz
  21. Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984: Simon Reynolds
  22. All You Need Is Ears: The inside personal story of
    the genius who created The Beatles: George Martin
  23. The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House: John J. Harris
  24. From Beirut to Jerusalem: Thomas Friedman
  25. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary: Simon Winchester
  26. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America: Erik Larson
  27. The Long Goodbye: Raymond Chandler
  28. The Lady In The Lake: Raymond Chandler
  29. The Big Sleep: Raymond Chandler
  30. American Tabloid: James Elroy
  31. The Black Dahlia: James Elroy
  32. The Music of Chance: Paul Auster
  33. The New York Trilogy: Paul Auster
  34. Here Is New York: E.B. White
  35. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford: Ron Hansen
  1. Thursday 05.13.2010 | 12:24 EDT

    TJ says:

    I’m glad to see a book I gave you made it on the list. You know, I’m not even sure if I read that many books in toto this past decade: the decade of bearing children. Which of the Murakamis do you recommend I start with?


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