The following titles, which I prefer to list without ranking, are my top picks among those published in 2010 that I reviewed during 2010. It would be easy to find room for another 5-6 fiction titles (I truly enjoyed and admired recent titles by Jonathon King, Kris Radish, Julie Compton, Chris Kuzneski, Kristy Kiernan, and Bob Morris), but I’m staying with the 10 selected.
Because I review far fewer nonfiction titles than fiction, I’ve made this list a “top 8.” The first two lists reflect my favorites among the trade publications that I reviewed.
Separately, I’ve listed 3 self-published titles that seem to me especially worthy of notice.
Julie Orringer, The Invisible Bridge
Lisa Unger, Fragile
Randy Wayne White, Deep Shadow
William Heffernan, The Dead Detective
Robert Macomber, The Darkest Shade of Honor
Allegra Goodman, The Cookbook Collector
*James Lee Burke, The Glass Rainbow
Connie May Fowler, How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly
Michael Lister, The Body and the Blood
Susan Hubbard, The Season of Risks
Rodger Kamenetz, Burnt Books
*Anna Lillios, Crossing the Creek
Doug Alderson, Encounters with Florida’s Endangered Wildlife
Michael Hirsh, The Liberators
Dorothy Seymour Mills, Chasing Baseball
Benjamin Balint, Running Commentary
*Ron Ellis, ed., In That Sweet Country: Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton
Lu Vickers, Cypress Gardens, American’s Tropical Wonderland
Robert Hilliard, Phillipa
Lander Duncan, Children of Secrets
Saul Cooperman, Eddie and Me
For all but three of these titles, reviews are available via this web site. Just type author or title in search box on sidebar. *Titles reviewed in www.southernlitreview.com – see link on sidebar.