Unlike last year, when PW‘s Top Ten did not include a single woman, half of the titles this year are by women.
As we have come to expect, there is very little consensus. Just three titles appear on all three lists. Moreover, only one of the National Book Award finalists made these lists; the title by PW’s cover author, Patti Smith.
Below are the titles, followed by links to EarlyWord stories about them.
ON ALL THREE LISTS
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Crown) — #1 on Amazon, also on LJ, PW – Buy Alert: IMMORTAL LIFE
- The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Random) — #5 on Amazon, also on LJ, PW — More WARMTH
- Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) — #6 on Amazon, also on LJ, PW — FREEDOM IS #1
ON TWO LISTS
ONLY ON AMAZON’s TOP TEN
ONLY ON PW‘s TOP TEN
ONLY ON LJ‘s TOP TEN
- By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) — #36 on Amazon — Follett Leads Next Week’s Fiction
- How To Live, Or, a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press) — #86 on Amazon
- Walker Evans Decade by Decade (Hatje Cantz) — not on Amazon’s Top 100
- American Terroir by Rowan Jacobsen (Bloomsbury) — not on Amazon’s Top 100