Best Books of 2011: NYT Edition

The New York Times published it’s 10 Best Books of 2011 yesterday.  I am ashamed to admit I have not read any of the books on the list, although several are on my to-read list.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – This sounds like a book for my dad, an avid baseball fan. I think I’d enjoy it too, though, since it has to do with the dramas and stresses of college sports.
11/22/63 by Stephen King – I admit, I haven’t read any King.  This novel sounds fantastic though, and it combines historical fiction and time-travel, two of my favorite genres.
SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell – This novel sounds like a fun, fantasy-inspired story.  
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson – I had not heard of this novel.  It sounds beautiful and sad.  It’s been added to the list!
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht – This book has been on my to-read list since before it came out. I need to get my hands on it soon.
Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens – I’m not a Hitchen’s fan.  His rabid atheism is a real turn-off from his intellectual discussions
The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son by Ian Brown – This book sounds fantastic.
Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable – Looks to be an intriguing, well-researched biography of an American great.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – The psychology of thought is always fascinating.  Definitely added to my list!
A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War by Amanda Foreman – I reviewed Foreman’s Dutchess.  I’ve been looking forward to reading her newest title.
Have you read any of these?  Did you enjoy it?



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