David L. Ulin’s 10 top books of 2010


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For our year in review, Book Critic David L. Ulin has selected his top 10 books of 2010. There are four novels, one book of poetry, one short story collection and four works of nonfiction:

‘About a Mountain’ by John D’Agata ‘Almost Dead’ by Assaf Gavron ‘The Best of It: New and Selected Poems’ by Kay Ryan ‘Comedy in a Minor Key’ by Hans Keilson ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot ‘The Jokers’ by Albert Cossery ‘The Possessed: Adventures With Russian Books and the People Who Read Them’ by Elif Batuman ‘The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg’ by Deborah Eisenberg ‘You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup’ by Peter Doggett


Want to know more? Ulin’s explanation of why these books made the grade is here.

And as we look back at 2010, Ulin considers what e-books mean in a year-in-review essay. ‘The issue is not what we read on, just as the issue is not what we read,’ Ulin writes. ‘The issue is that we read, that we continue to interact with long-form writing; by altering the conditions of the conversation, e-books and e-readers have already served an essential purpose.’

-- Carolyn Kellogg