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New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011


100 Notable Books of 2011

The December 4th, 2011 issue of the New York Times Book Review included their list of the 100 most notable books released in 2011. This is that list, broken up into Fiction and Non-Fiction entries. All books in this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability.

Titles not owned by the libraries are included in order to represent the complete list correctly. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.


imageThe Angel Esmerelda
by Don DeLillo

imageThe Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach

noimageThe Barbarian Nurseries
by Hector Tobar

noimageBig Questions: Or, Asomatognosia: Whose Hand Is It Anyway?
by Anders Brekhus Nilsen

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

imageThe Buddha in the Attic
by Julie Otsuka

by Giacomo Leopardi

imageThe Cat’s Table
by Michael Ondaatje

imageChango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
by William Kennedy

noimageCome On All You Ghosts
by Matthew Zapruder

by Stephen King

noimageThe Free World
by David Bezmozgis

Not current in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

imageGhost Lights
by Lydia Millet

imageThe Grief of Others
by Leah Hager Cohen

imageGryphon: New and Selected Stories
by Charles Baxter

imageHouse of Holes: A Book of Raunch
by Nicholson Baker

imageThe Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan

imageThe Leftovers
by Tom Perrotta

noimageLife on Mars
by Tracy K. Smith (811 Smi)

noimageThe London Train
by Tessa Hadley

noimageLong, Last, Happy: New and Selected Stories
by Barry Hannah

imageLost Memory of Skin
by Russell Banks

imageThe Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides

imageA Moment in the Sun
by John Sayles

imageMr. Fox
by Helen Oyeyemi

imageMy New American Life
by Francine Prose

by Haruki Murakami

imageOpen City
by Teju Cole

imageThe Pale King: An Unfinished Novel
by David Foster Wallace

noimageParallel Stories
by Peter Nadas

imageSay Her Name
by Francisco Goldman

noimageScenes From Village Life
by Amos Oz

imageThe Sense of an Ending
by Julian Barnes

noimageSeven Years
by Peter Stamm

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

by Ismet Prcic

noimageSpace, In Chains
by Laura Kasischke

imageStone Arabia
by Dana Spiotta

imageThe Stranger’s Child
by Alan Hollinghurst

imageThe Submission
by Amy Waldman

by Karen Russell

noimageTaller When Prone: Poems
by Les Murray

imageTen Thousand Saints
by Eleanor Henderson

imageThis Beautiful Life
by Helen Schulman

imageThe Tiger’s Wife
by Tea Obreht

imageThe Tragedy of Arthur
by Arthur Phillips

imageTrain Dreams
by Denis Johnson


imageAnd So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
by Charles J. Shields [Biography Vonnegut]

imageArguably: Essays
by Christopher Hitchens [081 Hit]

noimageThe Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning
by Maggie Nelson

noimageAssassins of the Turquoise Palace
by Roya Hakakian

imageThe Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
by David Deutsch [501 Deu]

noimageBelieving is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography
by Errol Morris

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

imageThe Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
by Steve Pinker [155.7 Pin]

imageBlood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef
by Gabrielle Hamilton [641.5 Ham]

noimageBlue Nights
by Joan Didion [155.937 Did]

imageThe Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son
by Ian Brown

imageCaravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
by Andrew Graham-Dixon [Biography Caravaggio]

imageCatherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
by Robert K. Massie [Biography Catherine]

imageClarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned
by John A. Farrell [Biography Darrow]

imageCocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
by Alexandra Fuller [Biography Fuller]

imageDestiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard [364.152 Mil]

noimageThe Ecstasy of Influence: Nonfictions, Etc.
by Jonathan Lethem

image1861: The Civil War Awakening
by Adam Goodheart [973.711 Goo]

imageExamined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche
by James Miller

image1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
by Charles C. Mann [909.4 Man]

imageGeorge F. Kennan: An American Life
by John Lewis Gaddis [Biography Kennan]

noimageGreat Soul: Mahatma Ghandi and His Struggle With India
by Joseph Lelyveld

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

noimageHarlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America
by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

noimageHoly War: How Vasco de Gama’s Epic Voyages Turned the Tide in a Centuries-Old Clash of Civilizations
by Nigel Cliff

noimageIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
by Erik Larson [943.086 Lar]

imageInferno: The World at War, 1939-1945
by Max Hastings [940.54 Has]

imageThe Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
by James Gleick [303.483 Gle]

imageInside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion
by Janet Reitman [299.936 Rei]

noimageIs That a Fish In Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything
by David Bellos

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

imageJerusalem: The Biography
by Simon Sebag Montefiore [956.944 Mon]

noimageThe Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George
by Denise Gigante

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

imageKnocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Unvierse and the Modern World
by Lisa Randall [On Order]

imageMalcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
by Manning Marable [Biography Malcolm]

noimageThe Memory Chalet
by Tony Judt

noimageMidnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
by Tony Horwitz [973.711 Hor]

noimageMoby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them
by Donovan Hohn

imageMy Song: A Memoir
by Harry Belafonte [Music 781.64 Bel]

noimageThe Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom
by Evgeny Morozov

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

noimageOne Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir
by Binyavanga Wainaina

imageThe Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution
by Francis Fukuyama [320.1 Fuk]

noimagePauline Kael: A Life in the Dark
by Brian Kellow

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

by John Jeremiah Sullivan [814 Sul]

imageThe Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World
by Daniel Yergin [339.272 Yer]

noimageRights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality
by Richard Thompson Ford

imageRin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
by Susan Orlean [636.737 Orl]

noimage[Sic]: A Memoir
by Joshua Cody

Not currently in the Lincoln City Libraries’ collection.

imageThe Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
by Andrew Roberts [940.54 Rob]

imageThe Swerve: How the World Became Modern
by Stephen Greenblatt [940.21 Gre]

imageThinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman [153.44 Kah]

imageTo a Mountain in Tibet
by Colin Thubron [915.15 Thu]

noimageTo End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
by Adam Hochschild [940.3 Hoc]

imageA Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
by Caroline Moorehead [940.531 Moo]

imageVan Gogh: The Life
by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith [Biography Gogh]

imageWho’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What it Means to Be Black Now
by Toure

imageWhy the West Rule — For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
by Ian Morris

imageA World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War
by Amanda Foreman [973.71 For]

Compiled December 2011 | updated November 2023 sdc