Poet and Guggenheim Fellow Mary Karr recounts her descent into alcoholism and her relationship with her mother, her family, and her faith.
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Ranked #1 in Books 100
2“Lark and Termite”
Ranked #2 in Books 100
Jayne Anne Phillips’ novel “Lark and Termite” entrances readers with its distinct, sensual descriptions and unfamiliar characters.
3“Await Your Reply”
Ranked #3 in Books 100
The construction and embodiment of identity is assiduously scrutinized by Dan Chaon in his new novel “Await Your Reply.”
4“Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned”
Ranked #4 in Books 100
Wells Tower delves into the lives of fathers, sons, brothers, and ex-husbands struggling to love and survive in the depths of Wild America.
Ranked #5 in Books 100
In “Wolf Hall,” Hilary Mantel tackles a larger-than-life character that has been exonerated, bashed, recast, and recycled for centuries: Henry VIII.
6“In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”
Ranked #6 in Books 100
Short story collection “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders” puts the triumphs and tragedies of Pakistani life on center stage
7“Cheever: A Life”
Ranked #7 in Books 100
Blake Bailey provides detailed personal insight into the simultaneously ordinary and extraordinary life of author John Cheever
8“Love and Obstacles”
Ranked #8 in Books 100
In his collection of short stories “Love and Obstacles,” Aleksander Hemon renders lost youth and an extinct Sarajevo without oppressive nostalgia.
Ranked #9 in Books 100
In “Just Kids,” punk queen Patti Smith reveals the nuances of her creative relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in 1970s bohemian New York.
10“The Tyranny of Email”
Ranked #10 in Books 100
We’re obsessed with email, and John Freeman tackles this obsession in a thought-provoking work of social commentary.