Top Books of 2010 | Pete Timmermann

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This was the year for David Foster Wallace, too, as much as it can be.

 
 
 
My list feels weirder than usual this year: two books that made the long list for the Booker Prize (numbers three and five), a graphic novel (number four), and what is essentially a verbatim book-length interview with David Foster Wallace circa 1996 that is being released for the first time now (number two). This was the year for David Foster Wallace, too, as much as it can be—in addition to Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, Skippy Dies owes a very obvious debt to Wallace, as does Adam Levin’s The Instructions, which I am thoroughly enjoying but didn’t include here because, at the time of this writing, I am only about halfway through it. Here’s hoping Wallace continues to inspire new writers for a long time to come.
1. John Waters | Role Models (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
2. David Lipsky | Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace (Broadway Books)
3. Paul Murray | Skippy Dies (Faber and Faber, Inc.)
4. Dash Shaw | BodyWorld (Pantheon Books)
5. David Mitchell | The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (Random House)
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