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At the end of 2010 we were gratified to find many of our books included in year-end round-ups by various newspapers, magazines, and electronic media. These books would be worthy additions to your 2011 reading lists. The following books appeared on various “Best of 2010” lists published by The New York Times. We are very proud to break through the immense competition and receive recognition for these fine and varied books.

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Freedom - Oprah #64

A Novel

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul—the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was...

"...moral intelligence, the world we thought we knew.”—Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times Book Review..."

Jonathan Franzen Jonathan Franzen

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The Ask

A Novel

Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has “not been developing”: after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among...

"...set our people free.” —Lydia Millet, The New York Times Book Review “[The Ask] is a biting, bilious..."

Sam Lipsyte Sam Lipsyte

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Comedy in a Minor Key

A Novel

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation—and, true to its title, a dark comedy of wartime manners—Comedy in a Minor Key tells the...

".... Read these books and join me in adding him to the list, which each of us must compose on our own, of the world’s very greatest writers.” —Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review “This first..."

By Hans Keilson and Damion Searls

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Travels in Siberia

A Dazzling Russian travelogue from the bestselling author of Great Plains In his astonishing new work, Ian Frazier, one of our greatest and most...

"...tale.” —Joshua Hammer, The New York Times Book Review “Siberia provides Frazier the perfect canvas..."

Ian Frazier Ian Frazier

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Common as Air

Revolution, Art, and Ownership

Common as Air offers a stirring defense of our cultural commons, that vast store of art and ideas we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the...

"...—and that is more important than ever in the age of the Internet.” —Robert Darnton, The New York Times..."

Lewis Hyde Lewis Hyde

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The Tenth Parallel

Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam

A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds The tenth parallel—the line of latitude seven hundred miles north...

"...and personalities. The story brims with insightful details and instructive lessons. Seldom does a book..."

Eliza Griswold Eliza Griswold

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A Great Unrecorded History

A New Life of E. M. Forster

A REVELATORY LOOK AT THE INTIMATE LIFE OF THE GREAT AUTHOR—AND HOW IT SHAPED HIS MOST BE LOVED WORKS With the posthumous publication of his long-suppressed...

"...of Forster, without making his sexuality explain everything.” —Colm Tóibín, The New York Times Book..."

Wendy Moffat Wendy Moffat

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The Three Weissmanns of Westport

A Novel

Jane Austen’s beloved Sense and Sensibility has moved to Westport, Connecticut, in this enchanting modern-day homage to the classic novel When Joseph...

"...with her.” —Dominique Browning, The New York Times Book Review “Schine has been favored in so many..."

Cathleen Schine Cathleen Schine

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The Spot

Stories

The Spot is an old blacksmith shed in which three men tweeze apart the intricacies of a botched bank robbery. The Spot is a park on the Hudson River, where...

"..., TimeOut New York   “The stories by Means (The Secret Goldfish, 2004, etc.) defy categorization..."

David Means David Means

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Ilustrado

A Novel

Garnering international prizes and acclaim before its publication, Ilustrado has been called “brilliantly conceived and stylishly executed . . .It is also...

"...is the controversial lion of Philippine literature. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant..."

Miguel Syjuco Miguel Syjuco

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The Possessed

Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them

One of The Economist’s 2011 Books of the Year THE TRUE BUT UNLIKELY STORIES OF LIVES DEVOTED—ABSURDLY! MELANCHOLICALLY! BEAUTIFULLY!—TO THE RUSSIAN...

"...what she’s feeling.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review “It’s not surprising that some..."

Elif Batuman Elif Batuman

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The Lost Books of the Odyssey

A Novel

A BRILLIANT AND BEGUILING REIMAGINING OF ONE OF OUR GREATEST MYTHS BY A GIFTED YOUNG WRITER Zachary Mason’s brilliant and beguiling debut novel, The Lost...

"...and originality and the nature of storytelling.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   “A subtle, inventive..."

Zachary Mason Zachary Mason

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Mourning Diary

A major discovery: The lost diary of a great mind—and an intimate, deeply moving study of grief The day after his mother’s death in October 1977, the...

"..... “A belated and unexpected gift.” —The London Review of Books “A writer whose books of criticism..."

By Roland Barthes and Richard Howard

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The Long Song

A Novel

THE AUTHOR OF SMALL ISLAND TELLS THE STORY OF THE LAST TURBULENT YEARS OF SLAVERY AND THE EARLY YEARS OF FREEDOM IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAMAICA Small Island...

"...Island is a hard act to follow, but in her new book Levy has moved into top gear . . . The Long Song..."

Andrea Levy Andrea Levy

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White Egrets

Poems

A DAZZLING NEW COLLECTION FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT POETS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY In White Egrets, Derek Walcott treats the characteristic subjects...

"...York Times Book Review..."

Derek Walcott Derek Walcott

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Fragments

Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Fragments is an event—an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century and that, nearly fifty years after her death,...

"...Fragments is an event—an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century and that, nearly fifty years after her death,.... Fragments is an event—an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century and that, nearly fifty years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe’s humanity. Marilyn’s image is so..."

By Marilyn Monroe, Stanley Buchthal and Bernard Comment

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Secret Historian

The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade

Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret...

"...attics.” —Mark Harris, The New York Times Book Review “Can a secret sex diary furnish an artistic..."

Justin Spring Justin Spring

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