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New York Times (NYT) Most Notable 2011

Read more about each book (including links to NYT reviews) on this page.

FICTION AND POETRY
01. THE ANGEL ESMERALDA: Nine Stories.By Don DeLillo.
02. THE ART OF FIELDING. By Chad Harbach.
03. THE BARBARIAN NURSERIES. By Héctor Tobar.
04. BIG QUESTIONS. Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway? Written and illustrated by Anders Brekhus Nilsen.
05. THE BUDDHA IN THE ATTIC. By Julie Otsuka.
06. CANTI. By Giacomo Leopardi. Translated by Jonathan Galassi.
07. THE CAT’S TABLE. By Michael Ondaatje.
08. CHANGÓ’S BEADS AND TWO-TONE SHOES. By William Kennedy.
09. COME ON ALL YOU GHOSTS. By Matthew Zapruder.
10. 11/22/63. By Stephen King.

11. THE FREE WORLD. By David Bezmozgis.
12. GHOST LIGHTS. By Lydia Millet.
13. THE GRIEF OF OTHERS. By Leah Hager Cohen.
14. GRYPHON: New and Selected Stories. By Charles Baxter.
15. HOUSE OF HOLES: A Book of Raunch. By Nicholson Baker.
16. THE LAST WEREWOLF. By Glen Duncan.
17. THE LEFTOVERS. By Tom Perrotta.
18. LIFE ON MARS. By Tracy K. Smith.
19. THE LONDON TRAIN. By Tessa Hadley
20. LONG, LAST, HAPPY: New and Selected Stories. By Barry Hannah.

21. LOST MEMORY OF SKIN. By Russell Banks.
22. THE MARRIAGE PLOT. By Jeffrey Eugenides.
23. A MOMENT IN THE SUN. By John Sayles.
24. MR. FOX. By Helen Oyeyemi.
25. MY NEW AMERICAN LIFE. By Francine Prose.
26. 1Q84. By Haruki Murakami. Translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel.
27. OPEN CITY. By Teju Cole.
28. THE PALE KING: An Unfinished Novel. By David Foster Wallace.
29. PARALLEL STORIES. By Peter Nadas. Translated by Imre Goldstein.
30. SAY HER NAME. By Francisco Goldman.

31. SCENES FROM VILLAGE LIFE. By Amos Oz. Translated by Nicholas de Lange
32. THE SENSE OF AN ENDING. By Julian Barnes.
33. SEVEN YEARS. By Peter Stamm. Translated by Michael Hofmann.
34. SHARDS. By Ismet Prcic.
35. SPACE, IN CHAINS. By Laura Kasischke.
36. STONE ARABIA. By Dana Spiotta.
37. THE STRANGER’S CHILD. By Alan Hollinghurst.
38. THE SUBMISSION. By Amy Waldman.
39. SWAMPLANDIA! By Karen Russell.
40. TALLER WHEN PRONE: Poems. By Les Murray.

41. TEN THOUSAND SAINTS. By Eleanor Henderson.
42. THIS BEAUTIFUL LIFE. By Helen Schulman.
43. THE TIGER’S WIFE. By Téa Obreht.
44. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. By Arthur Phillips.
45. TRAIN DREAMS. By Denis Johnson.

NON-FICTION

01. AND SO IT GOES. Kurt Vonnegut: A Life. By Charles J. Shields.
02. ARGUABLY: Essays. By Christopher Hitchens.
03. THE ART OF CRUELTY: A Reckoning. By Maggie Nelson.
04. ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE. By Roya Hakakian.
05. THE BEGINNING OF INFINITY: Explanations That Transform the World. By David Deutsch.
06. BELIEVING IS SEEING: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography. By Errol Morris.
07. THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker.
08. BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. By Gabrielle Hamilton.
09. BLUE NIGHTS. By Joan Didion.
10. THE BOY IN THE MOON: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son. By Ian Brown.

11. CARAVAGGIO: A Life Sacred and Profane. By Andrew Graham-Dixon.
12. CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait of a Woman. By Robert K. Massie.
13. CLARENCE DARROW: Attorney for the Damned. By John A. Farrell.
14. COCKTAIL HOUR UNDER THE TREE OF FORGETFULNESS. By Alexandra Fuller.
15. DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President. By Candice Millard.
16. THE ECSTASY OF INFLUENCE: Nonfictions, Etc. By Jonathan Lethem.
17. 1861: The Civil War Awakening. By Adam Goodheart.
18. EXAMINED LIVES: From Socrates to Nietzsche. By James Miller.
19. 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created. By Charles C. Mann.
20. GEORGE F. KENNAN: An American Life. By John Lewis Gaddis.

21. GREAT SOUL: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India. By Joseph Lelyveld.
22. HARLEM IS NOWHERE: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America. By Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. (Little, Brown, $24.99.)
23. HOLY WAR: How Vasco da Gama’s Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations. By Nigel Cliff.
24. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin. By Erik Larson.
25. INFERNO: The World at War, 1939-1945. By Max Hastings.
26. THE INFORMATION: A History. A Theory. A Flood. By James Gleick.
27. INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion. By Janet Reitman.
28. IS THAT A FISH IN YOUR EAR? Translation and the Meaning of Everything. By David Bellos.
29. JERUSALEM: The Biography. By Simon Sebag Montefiore.
30. THE KEATS BROTHERS: The Life of John and George. By Denise Gigante.

31. KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. By Lisa Randall.
32. MALCOLM X: A Life of Reinvention. By Manning Marable.
33. THE MEMORY CHALET. By Tony Judt.
34. MIDNIGHT RISING: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. By Tony Horwitz.
35. MOBY-DUCK: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, 36. Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. By Donovan Hohn.
37. MY SONG: A Memoir. By Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson.
38. THE NET DELUSION: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom. By Evgeny Morozov.
39. ONE DAY I WILL WRITE ABOUT THIS PLACE: A Memoir. By Binyavanga Wainaina.
40. THE ORIGINS OF POLITICAL ORDER: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution. By Francis Fukuyama.

41. PAULINE KAEL: A Life in the Dark. By Brian Kellow.
42. PULPHEAD. By John Jeremiah Sullivan.
43. THE QUEST: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. By Daniel Yergin.
44. RIGHTS GONE WRONG: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality. By Richard Thompson Ford.
45. RIN TIN TIN: The Life and the Legend. By Susan Orlean.
46. [SIC]: A Memoir. By Joshua Cody.
47. THE STORM OF WAR: A New History of the Second World War. By Andrew Roberts.
48. THE SWERVE: How the World Became Modern. By Stephen Greenblatt.
49. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW. By Daniel Kahneman.
50. TO A MOUNTAIN IN TIBET. By Colin Thubron.

51. TO END ALL WARS: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. By Adam Hochschild.
52. A TRAIN IN WINTER: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France. By Caroline Moorehead.
53. VAN GOGH: The Life. By Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.
54. WHO’S AFRAID OF POST-BLACKNESS? What It Means to Be Black Now. By Touré.
55. WHY THE WEST RULES — FOR NOW: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future. By Ian Morris.
56. A WORLD ON FIRE: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. By Amanda Foreman.

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