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Nancy Pearl's Best Books of 2010

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, Oklahoma – Looking for a great book or two (or three, or more) --- either to give as holiday gifts or add to your own library? Well, look no further. On today's edition of StudioTulsa, we're joined by our longtime book critic, Nancy Pearl, who's worked as a bookseller and librarian in Seattle, Detroit, and Tulsa --- and who's also the author of the bestselling "Book Lust" series of reading recommendations. (Her latest volume in this series is "Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers.") Here's the item-by-item rundown of Nancy's recent discussion with our host Rich Fisher on the topic of "best books of the year."

Lorraine Adams --- "The Room and the Chair"
Frank Baker --- "Miss Hargreaves"
S.J. Bolton --- "Blood Harvest"
Justin Cronin --- "The Passage"
Edmund de Waal --- "The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss"
Jonathan Franzen --- "Freedom"
Ian Frazier --- "Travels in Siberia"
Michael Gruber --- "The Good Son"
Guy Gavriel Kay --- "Under Heaven"
Emma Larkin --- "Finding George Orwell in Burma" and "Everything Is Broken: A Tale of Catastrophe in Burma"
Emily St. John Mandel --- "Last Night in Montreal"
Nathaniel Philbrick --- "The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Big Horn"
Jim Powell --- "The Breaking of Eggs"
Kate Moses --- "Cakewalk"

Paul Theroux --- "Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown"
Sara Wheeler --- "Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey through Chile" or "Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica" (or anything else by this writer)
Michael Mewshaw --- "Between Terror and Tourism: An Overland Journey across North Africa"
Karl Marlantes --- "Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War"
Tatjana Soli --- "The Lotus Eaters: A Novel"