Salon's Best Books of the Year

Site picks top-fives in fiction and non-fiction
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 5:30 PM CST
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(Newser) Salon chooses its favorite books of the year, looking to those it "propped up next to our bowls of breakfast cereal." The first five are fiction; the others non-fiction:

  • "The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz
  • "Sacred Games" by Vikram Chandra
  • "Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris
  • "Tree of Smoke" by Denis Johnson

  • "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon
  • "The Father of All Things" by Tom Bissell
  • "Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations" by Georgina Howell
  • "Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA" by Tim Weiner
  • "The Long Embrace: Raymond Chandler and the Woman He Loved" by Judith Freeman
  • "The World Without Us" by Alan Weisman