Thursday, December 03, 2009

Another List I'm Not On

100 Notable Books of 2009 - The New York Times

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.


  1. No:

    'How it Ended: New and Collected Stories'
    By JAY McINERNEY This collection, from a career now reaching nearly three decades, reminds us how broad McInerney’s scope has been and how confidently he has ranged across our national experience. (Knopf, $25.95.)

    --given the company one has to keep, there are lists as well as lawns it's better not to be on.

  2. hey, Bill, you can't make the list if they won't read your book.

  3. Well, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't make it even if they did.

  4. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Each year those books are selected from the same publishing houses or their subsidiaries or imprints: HarperCollins, Scribner's, Farrar Straus, Viking, Penguin, Little Brown, Holt, etc. It's a phenomenon. It never varies, year after year after decade, that 95 percent of notable books come from those same houses. I guess the Times is privy to mysterious vibrations emanating from those houses.

    Richard Wheeler

  5. ...or, as you are too gentlemanly to baldly suggesst, from the ad department...

  6. Not only have I not read a one, I have only heard of one title and maybe half-a-dozen authors. I prefer the solid writing of a Bill Crider or Richard Wheeler.