Library Journal’s Best Books of 2008

hakawatiThis is one of my favorite lists uncovered so far — Library Journal’s Best Books of 2008! It’s not separated into fiction or non-fiction categories, and there are several different titles chosen here than on any other academic-like lists I’ve seen lately! I don’t know who likes all of the obvious, pretentious selections. That being said, I’ve still not read any of these books . . . but I have a new starting point when figuring out what will be on my challenge list for 2009!

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Library Journal’s Best Books of 2008

Say You’re One of Them. –Akpan, Uwem.

The Hakawati. –Alameddine, Rabih.

The Wasted Vigil. –Aslam, Nadeem.

The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight To Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird. –Barcott, Bruce.

All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. –Brown, Janelle.

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. –Carr, David.

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. –Faust, Drew Gilpin.

Split: A Memoir of Divorce. –Finnamore, Suzanne.

Hurry Down Sunshine: A Memoir. –Greenberg, Michael.

Shakespeare’s Wife. –Greer, Germaine.

What Do We Do Now? A Workbook for the President-Elect. –Hess, Stephen.

My Guantánamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me. –Khan, Mahvish Rukhsana.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. –Larsson, Stieg.

The Boat. –Le, Nam.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. –Lee, Jennifer.

Lavinia. –Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Given Day. –Lehane, Dennis.

Books: A Memoir. –McMurtry, Larry.

A Mercy. –Morrison, Toni.

John Lennon: The Life. –Norman, Philip.

The Painter of Battles. –Pérez-Reverte, Arturo.

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.

Home. –Robinson, Marilynne.

Cost. –Robinson, Roxana.

Indignation. –Roth, Philip.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. –Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows.

Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape. –Shehadeh, Raja.

How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. –Saša Stanišic.

Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography. –Steichen, Edward (photogs.) & Todd Brandow & others (text).

Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural. –Steinmeyer, Jim.

Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators. –Stolzenburg, William.

Olive Kitteredge. –Strout, Elizabeth.

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). –Vanderbilt, Tom.

Without a Backward Glance. –Veitch, Kate.

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation. –Weller, Sheila.

How Fiction Works. –Wood, James.

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life. –Zimbardo, Philip & John Boyd.

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