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Best Books of 2010

2010 Book of the Year

We did not choose The Big Short as our Book of the Year for 2010 because it was our #1 bestselling title, although it was. We chose it because Michael Lewis can write, and he has a compelling and important story to tell. This book should be required reading for... everyone! We are all living the consequences of financial insanity, and seem doomed to repeat ourselves. Lewis is a voice of informed reason. Yet, despite the seriousness of his subject, he is never preachy or boring. The Big Short reads like a thriller, with larger-than-life characters. It is more informative, more fun and more infuriating, than you could ever expect from a book about banking. -Sara

Fun Fact:
The greatest trade by a Wall Street Banker was Greg Lippmann's $11 million bet that turned into a whopping $3.7 billion. That is a 33,000% annual return.

Best Fiction

The PassageJustin Cronin
RoomEmma Donoghue
A Visit from the Goon SquadJennifer Egan
FreedomJonathan Franzen
TinkersPaul Harding
The Eden HunterSkip Horack
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam WarKarl Marlantes
Super Sad True Love StoryGary Shteyngart
Bitter in the MouthMonique Truong

Best Non-Fiction

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read ThemElif Batuman
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of FriendshipGail Caldwell
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the OceanSusan Casey
Sh*t My Dad SaysJustin Halpern
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionLaura Hillenbrand
Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the InternetJoseph Menn
Birdology: Adventures with Hip Hop Parrots, Cantankerous Cassowaries, Crabby Crows, Peripatetic Pigeons, Hens, Hawks, and HumminSy Montgomery
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerSiddhartha Mukherjee
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of ProhibitionDaniel Okrent

Best Business Interest

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday MachineMichael Lewis
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is HardChip Heath, Dan Heath
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and PurposeTony Hsieh

Best Young Readers

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)Suzanne Collins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly TruthJeff Kinney
I Am Number FourPittacus Lore, Neil Kaplan