Morrison Tops Times 10 Best Books List
NY Times names its top 10 for 2008
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 3:41 PM CST
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(Newser) – Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison's most recent novel and nonfiction books about two wars feature on the New York Times list of the 10 best books of the year. They include:

  • A Mercy: Morrison's tale of 17th-century slaves and masters is "part Faulknerian puzzle, part dream-song."
  • 2666: Chilean author Roberto Bolaño died in 2003 and "has posthumously risen, like a figure in one of his own splendid creations, to the summit of modern fiction."

  • The Dark Side: Jane Mayer's "meticulously reported descent into the depths of President Bush’s anti­terrorist policies."
  • This Republic of Suffering: Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust "explores the legacy, or legacies, of the 'harvest of death' sown and reaped by the Civil War."
To see the complete list, click the link below.