David L. Ulin's 10 top books of 2010
"About a Mountain" by John D'Agata
"Almost Dead" by Assaf Gavron
"The Best of It: New and Selected Poems" by Kay Ryan
"Comedy in a Minor Key" by Hans Keilson
"Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
"The Jokers" by Albert Cossery
"The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg" by Deborah Eisenberg
"You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup" by Peter Doggett
Want to know more? Ulin's explanation of why these books made the grade is here.
And as we look back at 2010, Ulin considers what e-books mean in a year-in-review essay. "The issue is not what we read on, just as the issue is not what we read," Ulin writes. "The issue is that we read, that we continue to interact with long-form writing; by altering the conditions of the conversation, e-books and e-readers have already served an essential purpose."
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Former Beatle John Lennon with his wife, Yoko Ono, in 1972. Credit: Associated Press