We have asoft spot for the quirky debut novel by short story writer, Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang. Back in March, we discussed it in a special edition of GalleyChat and have enjoyed tracking its success ever since (Nicole Kidman likes it, too. She recently signed it for a movie). The latest accolade; it’s #4 on People magazine’s picks of the years Top Ten Books (Dec. 26 issue).

Like most of the other titles on People‘s list, it’s already on several others. The major exception is #9, In Zanesville, which received its first Best Book mention yesterday, when Nancy Pearl called it her favorite novel of year on NPR’s Morning Edition.

  1. The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes, (RH/Knopf)
  2. Bossypants, Tina Fey, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Hachette Audio)
  3. Stories I Only Tell My Friends, Rob Lowe, (Macmillan/Holt; Macmillan Audio)
  4. The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson (HarperCollins/Ecco)
  5. Then Again, Diane Keaton, (RH/Random House; RH Audio)
  6. The Stranger’s Child, Alan Hollinghurst, (RH/Knopf; RH Audio)
  7. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson, (S&S;  S&S Audio;  Large print, Thorndike; Spanish Edition, RH/Vintage Books)
  8. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett (Harper; Recorded BooksHarperLuxeHarperAudio)
  9. In Zanesville, Jo Ann Beard, (Hachette/Little, Brown; Audio, Dreamscape)
  10. The Paris Wife, Paula McLain (RH/Ballantine; Audio; Random House and Books On Tape)

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