Algonquin Picks: Our Favorite Reads of 2010

It’s no secret that we’re all big readers at Algonquin–and not just of our own titles. Although my mother told me never to play favorites, at the end of each year, while trimming the tree or coming up with resolutions I inevitably fail to keep (one of these days I will learn how to surf), I reflect on all the books I read that stuck with me. (And no, despite persistent rumors, James Franco’s Palo Alto did not make the cut.) Herewith, a list of some of our favorite titles published in 2010. Enjoy!


–Megan Fishmann, Publicist

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FAVORITE BOOKS 2010


Kelly Bowen, Publicity Manager

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  

I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Madeleine Clark, Editorial Assistant

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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Megan Fishmann, Publicist

A Visit from  the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Just Kids by Patti Smith

The Great House by Nicole Krauss

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Amy Gash, Editor

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen


Katie Ford, Asst. Marketing Manager

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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Susannah Long, Intern

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower

Life by Keith Richards with James Fox

Chicken Cheeks by Michal Ian Black

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Sarah Rose Nordgren, Publicity Assistant

Nox by Anne Carson

Madame Bovary (new translation) by Lydia Davis

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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Emily Parliman, Publicity Assistant

The Last Boys: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy

The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten Free by Anne Byrn

Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister

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Craig Popelars, Marketing Director

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Four Fish by Paul Greenberg

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Kathy Pories, Senior Editor

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Life by Keith Richards with James Fox

At Home by Bill Bryson

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Shannon Ravennel, Editor at Large

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes

Room by Emma Donoghue

Brains by Dale Purves

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Michael Taeckens, Online & Paperback Marketing Director

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Great House by Nicole Krauss

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Laura Williams, Art Assistant

Just Kids by Patti Smith





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