Best Books of 2010, Chosen by Authors
Dave Eggers, Tao Lin, and more offer their picks
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2010 7:19 AM CST
Authors told Salon their favorite books of 2010.   (©wetwebwork)

(Newser) – Who better to ask for book suggestions than an author? Nineteen of them share their favorites of 2010 with Salon:

  • Dave Eggers: The collection Beirut39: New Writing From the Arab World is "a really necessary undertaking" highlighting the "kind of renaissance taking place ... among young Arab writers."
  • Tao Lin: The Insurgent by Noah Cicero left him with "unique, strong, sustained feelings of calmness upon completion."
  • Paul Guest: In The Passage, author Justin Cronin "gets to destroy the world. With vampires. Say that to yourself, and if you feel the same prickly excitement I did, then this book might be for you."

  • Wes Moore: Nelson Mandela's Conversation With Myself "shows the evolution of the man—a man who by his own admission is no saint or savior, but someone whose decades of imprisonment and inhuman courage forged a leadership that saved a nation from civil war, and shaped the destiny of a generation of South Africans."
  • James McBride: Proofiness by Charles Seife is "a short, incisive, nonfiction book that shows how numbers are used to fib, twist facts, drum up propaganda and blitz us with misinformation in the press, politics and advertising."
Click through for the complete list, including fake-memoirist James Frey's favorite book of 2010.