In my Dec. 26 column, I list my favorite reads of the year.
Here's the abbreviated version:
Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom"
John Updike's "Rabbit Run"
Randi Davenport's "The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes"
Mary Karr's "Lit"
David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas"
David Sedaris's "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk"
Ron Rash's "Burning Bright"
My list of books I want to read in 2011 is already getting long. At the top:
"The Elegance of the Hedgehog" a novel by French author Muriel Barbery.
Dave Eggers' "Zeitoun," a nonfiction set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Zadie Smith's essay collection, "Changing My Mind."
I've been intrigued by glowing reviews of "Cleopatra," the new biography by Stacy Schiff.
After hearing Terry Gross interview rapper Jay-Z recently, I'd like to read "Decoded," his new memoir.
So what were the most memorable books you read this year? Leave a comment, tell me why. And what are looking forward to reading in the new year?