Of the newspaper book review sections, the Wall Street Journal tends to cover books that others do not, including a fair number of university press books. You might expect them to focus on books on finance, but they’re just as likely to review books on the arts.
Their picks of the “most memorable” books of 2008 is also off the beaten path. Even though they selected only a dozen books, the majority of these titles haven’t appeared on the other lists we tracked (see our links to “Best Books 2008″ to the right. We include only the sources that have broad consumer reach, but if you want to look at all the best lists, check out the blog Large-Hearted Boy‘s 2008 Year-End Online Book Lists). None of the National Book Award finalists make the WSJ list.
The titles that overlap with other lists happen to be the three fiction titles:
- Lush Life, Richard Price
- Cost, Roxana Robinson
- Dear American Airlines, Jonathan Miles
Not a single financial title makes the list, which ranges from a book on Pixar studios to Daniel Mark Epstein’s The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage.