James Lee Burke is the greatest mystery writer working today and Dave Robicheaux is hands down the most well-developed and uniquely conflicted character you’ll ever meet. The Glass Rainbow, which was released earlier in the year, was another stellar installment in the Burke canon.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot's flawless biography, which was one of the most talked about books of this year (and deservedly so!), told the regenerative tale of a forgotten woman, who died young, had her cells unknowingly appropriated by science, and here is rightly "immortalized" by Skloot for being solely responsible for saving the lives of countless people.
Stieg Larsson, in creating Lisbeth Salander -- the psychologically damaged tattooed genius -- managed to introduce the single most compelling heroine in modern literature and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest was easily one of my top titles for 2010.
Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil centered on the inexplicable yet extraordinary dialogue between a donkey and a monkey. This seemingly whimsical tale was, in truth, a profound parable on the Holocaust and confirmed that Martel is a master storyteller.
My pick for funniest book of the year was Justin Halpern’s Sh*t My Father Says, a hilarious tale of moving back in with his brusque, tell-it-like-it-is father -- a gutter-mouthed Confucius if you will! – that still makes me laugh just thinking about it.
Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay – the final installment in her Hunger Games Trilogy --exceeded all its hype and ensured that these books attain the classic status that they so deserve.
Tom Franklin’s books have always been of the cult classic variety; the type of work you share in knowing conversations with like-minded readers. This year we selected Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter for our B&N Recommends Program and I couldn’t be more pleased with the pick.
I've been reading Bryson since 1995 and I regularly cite his books in my “best of” lists, so it’s no surprise that At Home – a prime, witty, and wonderful example of Bryson’s insatiable curiosity – made the 2010 selections.
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