Settle for Nothing Less

Kirkus Reviews has released its “Best Books of 2011” list.  Debates over the subjective nature of what constitutes a good book aside, Kirkus applies the sort of  roll-up-your-sleeves “get ‘er done” and, if need be, punch-anyone-who-quibbles-unnecessarily-over-definitions-in-the-face attitude one comes to expect from “The World’s Toughest Book Critics”.   These are “the ones we would recommend to friends”.  You’ll find the selections that have found their way into Merc’s collection after the break.  -Ed Scripsi

Cover art for 11/22/63

Kirkus Star 11/22/63
by Stephen King

Cover art for 1Q84

Kirkus Star 1Q84
by Haruki Murakami
Cover art for THE ART OF FIELDING

by Chad Harbach
Cover art for BACK OF BEYOND

by C.J. Box
Cover art for BLOODMONEY

by David Ignatius
Cover art for BRIGHT AND DISTANT SHORES

by Dominic Smith
Cover art for CLOSE YOUR EYES

by Amanda Eyre Ward
Cover art for OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY

by Justin Cartwright
Cover art for THE PARIS WIFE

by Paula McLain
Cover art for PARTITIONS

by Amit Majmudar
Cover art for PICTURES OF YOU
by Caroline Leavitt
Cover art for THE PRAGUE CEMETERY
by Umberto Eco
Cover art for REAMDE
by Neal Stephenson
Cover art for RED ON RED
by Edward Conlon

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Goodness gracious. I have read a whopping total of zero of these. Apparently I need to step up my game.

  2. I’m with you, Josh. I’ve read exactly one book on the full list.

  3. From Athletics to Business By: Darius Allen

    Discover the 12 universal attributes that athletics teaches that should help mold athletes into prime candidates for post carer success. This book may be the first of its’ kind to offer true insight into the epidemic of financial ruin that has plagued athletes for almost a century and offer the solutions to end this affliction.


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