LJ Best Books 2016

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Best Sellers: Literature, May 10, 2012

June 2011 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

1) Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America
Reynolds, David S.
W.W. Norton
2011. ISBN 9780393081329. $27.95

2) Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist
Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert
Belknap: Harvard University Press
2011. ISBN 9780674050037. $29.95

3) Blue Nights
Didion, Joan
Alfred A. Knopf
2011. ISBN 9780307267672. $25

4) Charles Dickens: A Life
Tomalin, Claire
Penguin Group (USA)
2011. ISBN 9781594203091. $36

5) Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934‚ 1961
Hendrickson, Paul
Alfred A. Knopf
2011. ISBN 9781400041626. $30

6) And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut; A Life
Shields, Charles J.
Henry Holt
2011. ISBN 9780805086935. $30

7) Why Jane Austen?
Brownstein, Rachel M.
Columbia University Press
2011. ISBN 9780231153904. $29.50

8) Arthur Miller, 1962‚ 2005
Bigsby, Chrisopher
University of Michigan Press
2011. ISBN 9780472118175. $65

9) MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic
Spiegelman, Art
Alfred A. Knopf
2011. ISBN 9780375423949. $35

10) Ben Jonson: A Life
Donaldson, Ian
Oxford University Press
2011. ISBN 9780198129769. $39.95

11) Critical Children: The Use of Childhood in Ten Great Novels
Locke, Richard
Columbia University Press
2011. ISBN 9780231157827. $29.50

12) Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage
Carretta, Vincent
University of Georgia Press
2011. ISBN 9780820333380. $29.95

13) Modernism
Levenson, Michael
Yale University Press
2011. ISBN 9780300111736. $40

14) Murder Most Foul: Hamlet Through the Ages
Bevington, David
Oxford University Press
2011. ISBN 9780199599103. $45

15) Something Urgent I Have To Say to You: The Life and Works of William Carlos Williams
Leibowitz, Herbert
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
2011. ISBN 9780374113292. $40

16) The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George
Gigante, Denise
Belknap: Harvard University Press
2011. ISBN 9780674048560. $35

17) The African American Roots of Modernism: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance
Smethurst, James Edward
University of North Carolina Press
2011. ISBN 9780807834633. $65

18) Chicano Nations: The Hemispheric Origins of Mexican American Literature
Lopez, Marissa K.
New York University Press
2011. ISBN 9780814752616. $75

19) Letters of Ernest Hemingway. Vol. 1: 1907‚ 1922
Hemingway, Ernest
Cambridge University Press
2011. ISBN 9780521897334. $40

20) Why Read Moby-Dick?
Philbrick, Nathaniel
2011. ISBN 9780670022991. $25

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Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Now in her 45th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ's Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews. She received the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Vivian Stephens Industry Award in 2013 for having "contributed to the genre or to RWA in a significant and/or continuing manner"