Our esteemed panel of judges found it fit to add one title to the illustrious Top 20 this year, Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing, which clocks in at Number 10. Read my review of Vexation Lullaby here.
For his efforts, Justin will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden, where he will take Bob Dylan's place in the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10th. He will also get Bob Dylan's check from the Nobel Academy, and half Dylan's song publishing royalties in perpetuity. It's the least we can do.
20 The Cost of Living by Rob Roberge
19 The Last Rock Star Book, Or: Liz Phair, a Rant by Camden Joy
18 Big in Japan by M. Thomas Gammarino
17 You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
16 A and R by Bill Flanagan
15 Saguaro: The Life and Adventures of Bobby Allen Bird by Carson Mell
14 Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin
13 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
12 Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo
11 Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo
10 Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing
9 How the Mistakes Were Made by Tyler McMahon
8 Losing in Gainesville by Brian Costello
7 The Blue Bourbon Orchestra by Carson Mell
6 The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta
5 Never Mind the Pollacks by Neal Pollack
4 Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta
3 High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
2 The Commitments by Roddy Doyle
1 Banned for Life by D. R. Haney
Yours in laying down the law,
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