Best Books; ‘The Village Voice’

Next up in the best books game; the Village Voice’s list of fifteen books. Some of their selections have been on nearly every other list (to see them all, check the links to the lists from 19 publications at the right, under “Best Books 2008”); 2666 by Roberto Bolaño, A Mercy by Toni Morrison, The Forever War by Dexter Filkins, Lush Life by Richard Price, Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri and Netherland by Joseph O’Neill.

But even as a relative late-comer to the game, the Voice manages to come up with a few unique picks, listed below. All are owned in larger libraries.

Jackie Ormes: The First African American Female Cartoonist

By Nancy Goldstein

  • Hardcover: $35; 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (February 21, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 047211624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472116249

“Ormes’s hitherto underexposed work is celebrated in this lavishly illustrated career biography.”

Nazi Literature in the Americas
By Roberto Bolaño

  • Hardcover: $23.95; 280 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (February 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0811217051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811217057

In addition to Bolaño 2666, the Voice includes this fake encyclopedia, saying,

This compendium of hatred, intolerance, and military valor is just as much fun as it sounds…Almost everyone in this book is a moral toad; almost everyone dies a violent and miserable death. It is all in very bad taste indeed.

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
By Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell

  • Hardcover: $35; 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; (October 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0809094878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809094875
  • Paperback: $16.95; 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; (October 14, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0809094703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809094707

According to the Voice, “this intelligently written, lushly illustrated tome offers an antidote to the grievous misreadings that have spawned the likes of Guantánamo.”

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