Ever wonder about the bench marks for making it on to lists that are part of the annual literary clusterfuck? I don’t—but as you may, have a look at LARGE HEARTED BOY’S good work in building a list of ‘Best Books’ lists to judge whether the clusterfuck rubric fits. I do think it might be worth while for one of those sabermetric types to see how many books on the list have been published before August of the current year.There in may lie the answer to why so many lists have the same seven titles.
Given that by nature lists are exclusive, it would seem a natural consequence of making a list to mentally (as in one’s own mind )continue to enlarge past one’s public cutoff point.
So, is this a new list? A new and improved version of the initial list? Think it matters? Anyway. Here’s they are, more great books
The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
McSweeney’s Issue 46 Thirteen Crime Stories from Latin America by Dave Eggers (Editor)
Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower World by Tom Engelhardt and Glenn Greenwald
The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze
In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill
Take This Man: A Memoir by Brando Skyhorse
Elmore Leonard: Four Novels of the 1970s: Fifty-Two Pickup / Swag / Unknown Man No. 89 / The Switch: (Library of America #255)by Elmore Leonard, Gregg Sutter (Editor)