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Best Books of 2010

Editors' Picks: Top 100 Books

Our favourite book of 2010 is Room, Emma Donoghue's remarkably original novel about a boy named, Jack, and his mother's determination to keep him safe in a world he simply knows as Room. At once a heart-rendering and heart-warming story, Room is a mesmerizing read, impossible to put down, and one that stays with you long after the final page.

See our full top 100 editors' picks for 2010 below, and find more editors' picks and customers' favourites in our Best of 2010 page.


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-27. Juliet
Juliet
by Anne Fortier
3.8 out of 5 stars (21 customer reviews)
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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
August 13, 2010
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"A high-flying debut. . . . Fortier navigates around false clues and twists, resulting in a dense, heavily plotted love story that reads like a Da Vinci Code for the smart modern woman."-- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) ()... Read more

-26. The Parabolist: A Novel
The Parabolist: A Novel
by Nicholas Ruddock
2.7 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
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Doubleday Canada
February 9, 2010
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Occasionally the title of a book contains such an obscure word that the reviewer is forced to begin his or her review with a dictionary definition. In the case of Nicholas Ruddock’s The Parabolist, though, even the Canadian Oxford Dictionary is of no help because it contains no entry ... Read more

-25. Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
by James M. Tabor
2.4 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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Random House
June 15, 2010
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"Heart-stopping and relentlessly gripping. Tabor takes us on an odyssey into unfathomable worlds beneath us, and into the hearts of rare explorers who will do anything to get there first."... Read more

-24. Revolution
Revolution
by Jennifer Donnelly
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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Delacorte Books for Young Readers
October 12, 2010
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WINNER - 2011 Young Adult Book of the Year - American Booksellers AssociationAn ALA-YALSA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults A Kirkus Reviews Best Book #1 Indiebound Pick for Fall 2010 A School Library Journal Best Book A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book A Chicago Public Library Best of ... Read more

-23. Half a Life
Half a Life
by Darin Strauss

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McSweeney's
September 15, 2010
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"At the center of this elegant, painful, stunningly honest memoir thrums a question fundamental to what it means to be human: What do we do with what we've been given?... What is truly exceptional here is watching a writer of fine fiction probe, directly, ... Read more

-22. Zero History
Zero History
by William Gibson
4.4 out of 5 stars (6 customer reviews)
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G.P. Putnam's Sons
September 7, 2010
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Unhappy cutting hair, Guillaume, the barber of the tiny, declining French town of Amour-sur-Belle, renames his shop Heart's Desire and tries his hand at matchmaking, even though he lost his first love, Emilie, years ago. Guillaume soon proves hopeless: he ... Read more

-21. The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee
4.7 out of 5 stars (70 customer reviews)
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Scribner
November 16, 2010
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2010: "In 2010, about six hundred thousand Americans, and more than 7 million humans around the world, will die of cancer." With this sobering statistic, physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee begins his comprehensive and eloquent "biography" of one of the most virulent ... Read more

-20. Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
by Bill McKibben
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 customer reviews)
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Knopf Canada
April 13, 2010
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Since he first heralded our era of environmental collapse in 1989's ... Read more

-19. Cities of Refuge
Cities of Refuge
by Michael Helm
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 customer reviews)
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McClelland & Stewart
April 20, 2010
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Over the past decade, we’ve been inundated with op-ed essays lamenting the lack of a truly urban Canadian literature. Those essays tend to cite statistics demonstrating a consistent demographic shift to urban living throughout the 20th century, and reference Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, Atwood’s early and ... Read more

-18. The Invisible Bridge
The Invisible Bridge
by Julie Orringer
4.3 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)
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Knopf
May 4, 2010
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Even if this weren't her first novel, Julie Orringer's ... Read more

-17. The Madman And The Butcher
The Madman And The Butcher
by Tim Cook
4.7 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)
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ALLEN LANE
September 28, 2010
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Sir Sam Hughes and Sir Arthur Currie, lifted out of obscurity by the First World War, occupy very different places in the pantheon of great Canadians. Hughes – the abrasive, unstable Minister of Militia and Defence from 1911 until his dismissal in 1916 – is remembered as a caricature ... Read more

-16. The Unnamed
The Unnamed
by Joshua Ferris
4.0 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
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Back Bay Books
September 14, 2010
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Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come... Read more

-15. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
by Anthony Bourdain
4.2 out of 5 stars (31 customer reviews)
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Ecco
June 8, 2010
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“Bourdain has insight, access and good taste, and he’s a naturally engaging writer...Bourdain is a hopeless romantic when it comes to food and the people who cook. The subtitle’s real valentines are two elegantly written profiles.” (New York Times Book Review)“Like a stinky fish sauce from his beloved Vietnam, ... Read more

-14. In the Fabled East: A Novel
In the Fabled East: A Novel
by Adam Lewis Schroeder
4.7 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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Douglas & McIntyre
February 8, 2010
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Adam Lewis Schroeder’s second novel  ranges from France at the turn of the 20th century to French Indochina in the 1930s. Weaving together a host of narrators and timelines, the story primarily follows the paths of two characters: Adélie Tremier and Pierre Lazarie. Adélie is a young widow suffering ... Read more

-13. The Ask
The Ask
by Sam Lipsyte
3.3 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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FSG Adult
March 2, 2010
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“If you've heard anything about Sam Lipsyte, you've probably heard that he's funny. Scabrously, deliriously, piss-yourself funny (his characters would no doubt find a dirtier, and funnier, way of putting it), drawing audible snorts even from the kind of people, such as the people in his novels, who are ... Read more

-12. Every Lost Country
Every Lost Country
by Steven Heighton
4.0 out of 5 stars (7 customer reviews)
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Knopf Canada
May 4, 2010
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High-altitude adventure meets morality tale in Steven Heighton’s third novel. While mountain climbing along the Nepal–Tibet border, an altruistic doctor named Lewis Book, his daughter, and a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker are drawn into an international crisis when they attempt to help a group of Tibetans fleeing Chinese authorities (the events ... Read more

-11. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 customer reviews)
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Knopf Canada
June 29, 2010
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David Mitchell reinvents himself with each book, and it's thrilling to watch. His novels like ... Read more

-10. Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard
Mr. Shakespeare's Bastard
by Richard B Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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Phyllis Bruce Books
September 3, 2010
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“ . . . a writer of insatiable curiosity and intelligence who just happens to have perfect pitch for dialogue and nuance. These qualities have made Richard Wright one of Canada’s top literary talents and Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard yet another total delight to read.” --Toronto Star“ . . .a ... Read more

-9. Parrot and Olivier in America
Parrot and Olivier in America
by Peter Carey
4.1 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
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Random House Canada
April 20, 2010
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A Globe and Mail Best Book “Carey has a wicked talent for historical voice, particularly the richly humorous circumlocutions of 19th-century diction.” — Annabel Lyon, The Globe and Mail (Best Book) “Carey’s brilliant evocation of the life of Alexis de Tocqueville explores themes of democracy, art, taste and class––all in ... Read more

-8. Kraken
Kraken
by China Mieville
4.2 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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June 29, 2010
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With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and ... Read more

-7. Mordecai: The Life & Times
Mordecai: The Life & Times
by Charles Foran
4.7 out of 5 stars (5 customer reviews)
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Knopf Canada
October 19, 2010
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERA Globe and Mail Best Book "A fine, intelligent, deeply historicized, compassionate, insightful, fair-minded and above all loving book."— Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon and Angels and Ages“It was a full, rich life, and it’s a full, rich book. . . . We judge a ... Read more

-6. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition
Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition
by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
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University of California Press
November 15, 2010
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“Sometimes the autobiography seems Twain’s letter to posterity. At other times, reading it feels like eavesdropping on a conversation he is having with himself. . . . This first installment of Twain’s autobiography brings us closer to all of him than we have ever come before.” (New York Review ... Read more

-5. Secret Daughter
Secret Daughter
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
4.4 out of 5 stars (144 customer reviews)
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William Morrow
March 1, 2010
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-4. Sanctuary Line
Sanctuary Line
by Jane Urquhart
4.2 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews)
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August 31, 2010
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It is not a fictional location, but in Jane Urquhart’s hands, Southern Ontario has become an entire imagined world, much like Thomas Hardy’s Wessex or William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. Urquhart returns once again to this literary landscape in her latest work, a melancholy history of a family of orchardists ... Read more

-3. Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter
by Tom Bissell
4.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
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Pantheon
June 8, 2010
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"Tom Bissell is a Renaissance Man for our out-of-joint time . . . His descriptions of simulated gore and mayhem manage to be clinical, gripping, and hilarious all at once. He transmits to the reader the primitive, visceral excitements that make video games... Read more

-2. Keeping the Bees
Keeping the Bees
by Laurence Packer
5.0 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
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May 18, 2010
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No matter what you eat, how you dress, or where you live, your life would change for the worse if a few key insects disappeared. Although there are only a handful of pollinators among the more than 19,500 known species of bees, the human diet would be severely diminished ... Read more

-1. The Sky Is Falling: A Novel
The Sky Is Falling: A Novel
by Caroline Adderson
4.8 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
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Thomas Allen Publishers
August 7, 2010
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It’s 1983: Reagan is president and the Cold War has escalated to the point that a nuclear strike means mutually assured destruction. Russia has just raised tensions by shooting down a South Korean civilian airliner, killing everyone on board. Closer to home, a terrorist group dubbed the Squamish Five ... Read more

0. Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven
by Ross King
4.6 out of 5 stars (14 customer reviews)
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Douglas & McIntyre
September 25, 2010
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From a young age, Canadians learn about our country’s most famous painting movement in art classes, yet the Group of Seven’s dramatic landscapes and blazing depictions of Canada’s wilderness still don’t seem to get the respect they deserve. Ross King, the best-selling author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and, more recently, ... Read more

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