Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The List

**Updated 3/14/2007 to include one missed book by Roberto Bolano!!

For the 2007 challenge, participants should choose from the NYT Most Notable Fiction list for 2006, which include (alphabetical by author):

Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Translater, by Leila Aboulela
Alentjo Blue, by Monica Ali
One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson
Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes
Brookland, by Emily Barton
Last Evenings on Earth, by Roberto Bolano
Only Revolutions, by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai
The Dead Fish Museum, by Charles D'Ambrosio
The Keep, by Jennifer Eagan
Twilight of the Superheroes, by Deborah Eisenberg
The Lay of the Land, by Richard Ford
The Dissident, by Nell Freudenberger
Skinner's Drift, by Lisa Fugard
Old Filth, by Jane Gardam
Golden Country, by Jennifer Gilmore
Intuition, by Allegra Goodman
The Stories of Mary Gordon, by Mary Gordon
The Dream Life of Sukhanov, by Olga Grushin
The Possibility of an Island, by Michel Houellebecq
Beasts of No Nation, by Uzodinma Iweala
All Aunt Hagar's Children, by Edward P. Jones
The Uses of Enchantment, by Heidi Julavits
Forgetfulness, by Ward Just
Gate of the Sun, by Elias Khoury
Lisey's Story, by Stephen King
The Inhabited World, by David Long
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
After This, by Alice McDermott
Gallatin Canyon: Stories, by Thomas McGuane
The Emperor's Children, by Claire Messud
Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell
Suite Francaise, by Irene Nemirovsky
High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates
Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
The Echo Maker, by Richard Powers
Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon
Everyman, by Phillip Roth
Absurditan, by Gary Shteyngart
Eat the Document, by Dana Spiotta
Digging to America, by Anne Tyler
Terrorist, by John Updike
Apex Hides the Hurt, by Colson Whitehead
A Woman in Jerusalem, by A.B. Yehoshua

PLEASE let me know if I've missed any!!!!


Stephanie said...

One day at work I was bored (but we won't tell anyone else that!) So I printed off the last 10 years' lists! I love the idea guys! I'm in a million challenges right now....but maybe, just MAYBE, I can squeeze in one more!!

Pour of Tor said...

What a great procrastination strategy! I am always on the look-out for procrastinatory inspiration. Did you find anything particularly delightful in the past lists?

Wendy said...

Oh come on, Stephanie...what's one more challenge!!?!? LOL!

Lisa said...

I love this idea...and since I wanted to read some of the books on this list, I joined.

My problem is that I often don't like the New York Times reviews of books! I get Bookmarks magazine, and so often, a lot of people are loving a book and the NYT is the only one panning it!! Or the NYT loves it, and everyone else (and me) hates it!

So I don't know that I'd choose my entire reading list from the NYT.. but every once in awhile, they seem to agree with the throng! Anyone else have this reaction to NYT reviews??? Where do other people get their recommendations? Does anyone else read Bookmarks or Pages?

(maybe this should have been a post)

Wendy said...

Lisa...I used to get Pages; but apparently they are going out of business :( I also read BookMarks. I agree...I don't always agree with the NYT reviews either. I got motivated this year to read from their list because they seemed to pick some universally good books (ie: books that others were also raving about). Not sure I'll feel the same way when the 2007 list comes out!

mks said...

I am coming in late this year to the challenege but really plan to start in 2008 - will there be a posting of the NYT 2007 most notable books for the upocoming year when it comes out? I am sure that is not till later in the year. I am a little embarassed to admit that while I read a lot I have not read one of the books on this list! Maybe I will try to read at least one before the end of the year - kind of a warm up for next year