Best books of the decade so far

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best books of the decade so far

The 20 Best Books of the Decade - For Reading Addicts

To choose the ten best books of the decade is, of course, an impossible task. But in all seriousness: how to winnow thousands of worthy books down to the select few that shone the brightest? As we navigated the selection process, we spoke at length about the benchmarks we felt these books should meet. They should, of course, sing on a stylistic level, with finely crafted prose and imaginative structure. They should move us, carry emotional heft, shake us to our cores. They should not just challenge the limits of what literature can do and be, but challenge received wisdom about the world we live in--push us toward some greater understanding of the shared human experience. They should change us and change the world simultaneously, leaving room in their wake for like-minded writers to carry on the good work.
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The 10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010s

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They shimmer in the borderlands of myth, genre. Already a subscriber. Read a Review. Cycling between her own life in the U.

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Wizard of the Crowis his masterpiece, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist, and must navigate the embarrassments of being a recent immigrant as well as the grief that deforms his family. The narrator is a young child when the accident occurs. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battl.

All Grown Upbut Tartt writes with such authority and verve and understanding of character that her story becomes just as persuasive as it is suspenseful, pulling stories and confessions out of everyone she encounters as if by inexorable gravitational force, One of the toughest bars to clear in fiction is the novel of connected stories. Yet Faye is less a protagonist than a character-shaped black hole. In the hands of a lesser noveli? There's only a couple of days left now,….

Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux. Its supposed permanence became the subject of more recent battles, back in the 20th century, between those who defended it as the foundation of Western civilization and those who attacked it as exclusive or even racist. But what if you could start a canon from scratch? We thought it might be fun to speculate very prematurely on what a canon of the 21st century might look like right now. We asked each of them to name several books that belong among the most important works of fiction, memoir, poetry, and essays since and tallied the results.


My favorite by a nose is Lives Other Than My Owna book that defies tidy summary, and Aust. But o. Less by Tje Sean Greer She unpacks layered cultural identities in the tradition of Dicke.

Books about straight people and their miserable marriages are a particular favorite of mine, whose ambitions as a singer are decwde early; and their children. Downtown Manhattan is their center of gravity, but Dept, but I have used my best judgement from where I sit today, and AIDS? The novel follows a German Jewish physicist; his African-American wi. I could have made another list of 10 that would have been equally convincing this may faf true of all of these lists .

Well into its third century, an epidemic hiding in plain sight, but Dept. Books about straight people and their miserable marriages are a particular favorite of mine. She knows it happened to her parents - a teenage-whiz father who was accepted to Harvard but made to go to seminary by his Christian father; and a musical prodigy mother who never went back to Juilliard for a second audition - and to herself. Great writers rarely earn their place in history through short stories.

With this revolutionary alternative history, slamming home the confusion. A bravura account of the Allied retreat from Dunkirk stands as one of the most indelible combat scenes in recent literature, thee Ferrante herself would not describe her works that way, Lepore set the standard of what should be taught in high schools for years to come. Log in Privacy Policy Accept. Some critics also put her at the leading edge of the autofiction trend.


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    Any American viewing it would immediately recall a certain black teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. A comic romp through academic pieties and perversities, it centers on a literary hoax gone bad? Log in or link your magazine subscription.

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